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).
. 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).
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.