Forming a New Student Organization

Congratulations on starting your new student organization! Student Involvement & Leadership is here to help you through the process to start and register your new student organization. Although it may seem like a lot of work, it really isn’t that hard, and you can have the satisfaction of having started something new at Florida Atlantic University.

The first step in the new student organization formation process is to complete and submit a Statement of Intent to Organize form (also available in the Club House, Student Union room 227). This form gives you SIX weeks to advertise and hold meetings to recruit members. Once you have all the proper signatures, you must submit the form to the Graduate Assistant for Student Involvement & Leadership, located in the Club House, Student Union room 227, to continue the new student organization formation process.

Other steps in the new student organization formation process include holding interest meetings, getting a roster of registered FAU students, obtaining a full-time AMP or SP faculty or staff advisor, writing a constitution, and getting approval from Student Involvement & Leadership. If you are looking to start a sport club, defined as an organization that will compete against other college’s club or local clubs, you will need the approval of Campus Recreation to form and then you will need to apply to the Sports Club Council for admission after one year of existence. If you are looking to start a new social Greek organization, you will also need the approval of Fraternity & Sorority Life. Lastly, all Multicultural and Spiritual interest groups need the approval of Multicultural Affairs.

Student organizations at Florida Atlantic University are all student run. They survive and grow because of student interest. You can make a difference at Florida Atlantic University!

Good luck on your journey of creating a new student organization! If you have any questions about the process or need assistance, please contact studentorgs@fau.edu.

 

New Student Organization Formation Process Checklist:

New student organizations are able to form the first six weeks of the fall and spring semesters. Below is the new student organization formation checklist to guide you through the process. Please read and follow the instructions CAREFULLY. We are here to answer any of your questions and to help you at any point. Good luck!

  1. Fill out the Statement of Intent to Organize . This form gives you SIX weeks to advertise, hold meetings to recruit members, and request COSO funding. If you are a social fraternity or sorority, you need to get approval from Fraternity & Sorority Life. If you are a sport club, you need to get approval from Campus Recreation. Multicultural and Spiritual organizations need approval from Multicultural Affairs. All other organizations can go straight to the Club House. Once you have all the proper signatures, you must submit the form to the Graduate Assistant for Student Involvement & Leadership, Student Union room 227, to continue the new student organization formation process.

  2. Meet with the Graduate Assistant for Student Organizations, Student Union room 227, to receive the New Student Organization Formation packet and information about the process.

  3. Find a full-time AMP or SP faculty/staff member at FAU to be your advisor. Review the Advisor Roles and Expectations form with your advisor, and sign the agreement together. Additionally, have your advisor complete the advisor information section on the Petition for Official Registration.

  4. Find ten registered FAU students to sign the Petition for Official Registration form. Make sure they include their Z numbers. Fill out the remaining information on the form, including whether or not your organization will be associated with an off-campus organization (such as a national organization).

  5. Write a constitution using the Constitution and Bylaws Guidelines. If you are associated with an off-campus organization, you must also submit the off-campus organization’s constitution.

  6. Have two officers read through and sign the Florida Anti-Hazing Law.

  7. Turn in the Advisor Roles and Expectations form, Petition for Official Registration, the constitution(s), and Florida Anti-Hazing Law to the Graduate Assistant, Student Union room 227. If possible, also submit an electronic version of the constitution to studentorgs@fau.edu.

  8. Next, there is an approval process. A staff member from Student Involvement & Leadership will read and approve (or disapprove) the constitution. Finally, the Director of the Student Involvement & Leadership will read and approve (or disapprove) the constitution. All change requests to the constitution will be emailed to you on a timely basis.

  9. After receiving approval from Student Involvement & Leadership, you will receive a “welcome letter” via email from Student Involvement & Leadership.

  10. The last step is to attend a welcome meeting with a staff member from Student Involvement & Leadership. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the rules and policies of being a student organization on campus. An advisor must be present for the meeting.
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