University of Southern Indiana

Start a Student Organization

Want to start a student organization at USI? Here are the steps to making that happen!
The following criteria are considered in approving new student organizations at USI.  When evaluating new group requests, Student Development Programs staff considers the degree to which the proposed organization meets each of the established criteria. Those organizations that best meet all the criteria listed below will most likely be approved. 

  • Does your potential student organization complement the mission of USI?
  • Does your organization have a clear purpose?
  • Does your group demonstrate a student need that is currently not being met?
  • Does the name of the organization clearly represent the function of the group?

Steps to starting an organization:

  1. Have a minimum of 5 interested students, an on-campus staff or faculty advisor and complete the Intent to Start a Student Organization Form-- this includes uploading your proposed student organization Constitution.
  2. Once your form has been submitted, a Student Development Programs staff member will contact you to set up a meeting.
  3. During your meeting, you will be briefed on how to create your EagleSync portal and what other steps need to be taken for approval. 

Writing a constitution can seem like a huge undertaking. Student Development Programs is here to help! A constitution should be a "living document" that is updated and reviewed annually. A constitution should be the governing document of your student organization. Below we have included a sample constitution that includes some instructions on how to create a constitution. We have also added the the check-list of items your constitution should include. If you have any questions about constitutions and by-laws, please feel free to contact Student Development Programs.

Feel free to schedule a meeting with Jenny Garrison about starting a student organization!  Schedule online now!

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