How to Start a New Organization

In order to begin a new student organization and become recognized by the Student Union and Office of Student Activities, the following steps should be taken:
1. Complete the Request for Student Organization Petition form (below).

Request for Student Organization Petition

Complete this form in order to begin the process to become a petitioning student organization on campus
    By clicking here, I as the organization founder, confirm that I have talked with the advisor (a full-time JCU employee) listed on the form and he/she has confirmed his/her to serve in this capacity for this organization.
    By clicking here, I, as the organization founder, request that a group of students be allowed to start an organization as outlined on this form. I understand that I will have certain privileges as a petitioning organization until the group becomes a registered recognized student organization through the Student Union and the Office of Student Activities. I also understand that all applicable university policies and processes must be followed as a petitioning organization and that any violations of such could affect the groups' application for recognition.
. Approval of this form offers the organization certain privileges. *Note you must select an advisor before completing this form. Advisors must be full-time members of the JCU faculty, staff, or administration. Graduate assistants and resident ministers are not eligible.

2. Hold organizational meetings with interested students prior to becoming fully recognized.

3. Complete the Application of Student Organization Recognition (below).

Application for Student Organization Recognition

Petitioning student groups use this form to apply to become a recognized student organization.
  • Please check which category your organization falls within.
    By clicking "yes" on this button I confirm that the advisor listed on this form understands and supports the terms and conditions listed on this form.
    By clicking "yes" on this button I, the founding president, confirm that I have read and will abide by the policies and processes governing student organizations as outlined on the website. I understand that the Office of Student Activities reserves the right to review an organization's status and/or operations when deemed necessary. Further, I commit to representing myself, my organization, and John Carroll University, in concert with the JCU mission.
  • Please upload a copy of your organization's constitution. Please make sure you follow the constitution template provided in the forms section on LoboLink.
  • Please upload a copy of your membership roster here. *Note: you need at least 10 members on your membership roster to be recognized.
This includes a mission statement, list of possible services/activities, officer list, membership list, and Model Constitution. If affiliating with a non-John Carroll entity or national/parent group, the petitioning group also must submit information on that organization, including its constitution. The group needs to develop a membership with a minimum of ten (10) students. Also, organizations need to develop officer positions, two of which must be a president and financial officer. The application will be considered and should take no longer than a period of one (1) month to be processed, depending on how quickly paperwork is complete and accurate. Once the Student Organization Review Board (SORB) has reviewed the application, the group will be informed by the Vice President for Student Organizations if and when it becomes a recognized and registered organization. The appropriate account numbers will also be communicated to the group. Groups should not seek out approval signatures on their own.

4. Groups petitioning for recognition can only have petitioning status for two months when classes are in session. It is the responsibility of petitioning groups to complete all the requirements in a timely fashion. If a petitioning group loses its status or its request for recognition is denied, it must wait two weeks to re-apply for recognition.