Start a New Organization
New student organization applications will be available for the 2018-2019 academic year January 16, 2018- March 30, 2018.
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 attend a New Organization Charting Workshop to learn about the new student organization chartering process. Note: One of these officers must be the registered agent (President).
- After completion of the New Organization Chartering Workshop, the registered agent (President) must submit an official, new organization registration form (with a formal Constitution) via MyInvolvement.
- After successful completion of the MyInvolvement registration form, the President and Primary Advisor will be required to complete agreement forms and post tests.
Note: Please allow the Office of Student Activities at least two weeks to process requests.
Students are welcomed and encouraged to consult with an Organization Leadership Consultant concerning plans for a new organization (book an appointment here).
For further information concerning chartering a new student organization and recognition procedures, please reference the links below:
New Organization Chartering Workshops Dates
All New Organization Chartering Workshops will take place from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
|Friday, February 2||New Organization Chartering Workshop||Russell Union 2042|
|Friday, February 16||New Organization Chartering Workshop||Russell Union 2042|
|Friday, March 2||New Organization Chartering Workshop||Russell Union 2042|
|Friday, March 23||New Organization Chartering Workshop||Russell Union 2042|
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: 1/19/2018