How to Start a Club
So you want to start your own group on campus? Here’s how you do it and a few things you might want to consider!
There are two type of student groups, Campus Clubs & Student Interest Groups.
A group consisting of a minimum of fifteen students who wish to apply for Student Government Association recognition as an organization may choose to apply as a “campus club” immediately following their semester as a special interest group.
- The campus club must hold one interest meeting with a representative from the organization committee before handing in a recognition form.
- After the organization committee reviews the recognition form, the president and vice president of the campus club must meet with the organization committee for a brief question and answer session. (Campus clubs may be asked to revise recognition form. If so, they will have to go in front of the organization committee again with revisions.)
- Once approved by senate, the president and advisor will be asked to come before the executive board and sign a contract agreeing to all terms and conditions of being an active club.
- A campus club has permanent recognition with the Student Government Association, given that they follow the criteria of an active club.
- A campus club will automatically have an on-campus account generated for them upon Student Government Association Senate recognition. The purpose for this account is to store any money fundraised.
- For the duration of two semesters, the club will be considered “Class B”. This means the club will be monitored by the organization committee and can be pulled if they are not fulfilling their mission statement or the minimum of fifteen members.
Campus Club Standards
As stated in Article VII of the Student Government Constitution, campus clubs are required to meet the following standards:
- The campus club has an employed faculty of staff advisor on campus.
- The campus has an active officer team.
- The campus club sponsors at least one all-campus activity on the Washington College campus per semester (this doesn’t apply to academic honor societies).
- The campus club must have a minimum of ten active members every semester (this doesn’t apply to academic honor societies).
- A campus club is capable of applying for Student Government Association funds every semester.
- A campus club shall have the power to register on-campus and off-campus events through the Office of Student Affairs or their respective affiliated academic department.
- A campus club may use Student Government Association office resources for the purposes of advertising for these events.
- Campus clubs are eligible to be deactivated by the Student Government Association.
Special Interest Groups
A group of any number of students who wish to apply for Student Government Association recognition as a recognized organization may choose to apply as a “special interest group.”
- A special interest group shall only exist for one semester after its date of recognition, and all clubs must be start as special interest groups before applying as a fully recognized club.
- A special interest group is not capable of receiving Student Government Association funds in excess of $500.
- A special interest group shall have the power to register on-campus events through the Office of Student Activities or their respective affiliated academic department.
- A special interest group may use Student Government Association office resources for the purposes of advertising for any sponsored events.
- A special interest group shall have the power to request, from the Financial Controller, an on-campus account for the purposes of storing any money fundraised on the Washington College campus.
- After the special interest group’s recognition expires, the special interest group must reapply for recognition as either a special interest group or a campus club in order to continue in existence.
- Any funds raised and stored in the on-campus account shall be frozen for one year after the special interest group’s recognition expires.
- If the special interest group is not restarted as either a special interest group or a campus club after its expiration, then the Student Government Association retains the right, after one year of the special interest group’s expiration, to transfer any funds from that group’s account into the general Student Government Association account.