Start a New Organization
Students wishing to organize into a new organization must meet the following criteria:
- Have at least four (4) chartering members. Each member must be currently enrolled at Georgia Southern University. Note: One of the four students must be designated as the initial Registered Agent. The Registered Agent is the legal contact and spokesperson for the group. Each chartering member must possess a minimal 2.5 cumulative GPA (OSA staff reserves the right to check officer’s academic standing).
- Secure an organizational Advisor. Advisor must be a full-time faculty/staff member at Georgia Southern University.
- Draft a Constitution/Bylaws that will govern your organization. Use this checklist to help you create your own Constitution/Bylaws for your new organization.
- Have two (2) chartering members meet with an Organization Leadership Consultant (OLC) to discuss the new student organization and the chartering process. Note: One of these officers must be the registered agent (president). This meeting can be scheduled here.
- After completion of the OLC consultation, the registered agent (president) must submit an official, new organization registration form (with a formal Constitution) via MyInvolvement.
Note: Please allow the Office of Student Activities at least two weeks to process requests. The deadline to start a new organization for the 2016-2017 school year is January 31, 2017.
Students are welcomed and encouraged to consult with an Organization Leadership Consultant concerning plans for a new organization.
For further information concerning chartering a new student organization and recognition procedures, please reference the links below:
Relationship between University and Registered Student Organizations
Aside from the supervision exercised over organizations deemed to be “University Sponsored Organizations,” Georgia Southern University recognizes registered student organizations as independent entities and assumes no responsibility for their programs or activities. Some organizations, if closely connected with the activities of academic departments of the institution may, in some cases, receive special help and supervision from those departments.
University employees should not serve as officers within a student organization, other than fulfilling the role of advisor. No employee of the University has the authority to open a bank account in the name of or for the benefit of any student organization nor should any employee be included as an allowable signatory on any off-campus bank account of any student organization.
The name of the University, including any abbreviations, should not be used in the official name of the organization and may not be used within the name or description of any off-campus banking account established and/or maintained by any student organization.
Responsibility for any views expressed in a meeting or activity of a student organization is solely that of the individuals concerned and the University is not to be held to approve or disapprove such views, whatever their nature. The University is to be concerned exclusively with the discharge of its educational obligation and to facilitate free discussion of all points of view to the extent constitutionally guaranteed.
Last updated: 12/16/2016