Start a new student organization!

Students interested in forming a new organization at UNA should first contact the Student Engagement Center to schedule a consultation with a Student Leadership Consultant and obtain a copy of the Recognized Student Organization and Student Activity Handbook.  The handbook is available on the Student Engagement Center website at under the Student Organization Resources tab.  These students may also work with the Student Leadership Consultants (SLCs) to help schedule spaces for interest meetings.  Students forming new organizations may schedule up to three organizational interest meetings on campus once they have been approved by an SLC.  Note that new organizations must enhance the mission and purpose of the institution in one or more of the following ways: 

  • Develop the personal empowerment of those participating
  • Develop the academic/career competency of those involved
  • Develop social/civic responsibility of those involved
  • Continue to improve the effectiveness of the university community

Registering a New Student Organization

  1. Schedule a one-on-one consultation with a Student Leadership Consultant to review the new organization proposal form.  This form must be completed and submitted to the Student Engagement Center.
  2. Provide a roster of at least 3 full-time enrolled students who wish to be members of the proposed organization.  This roster should include first and last name, university e-mail address, contact phone number, and student L-number. 
  3. Obtain agreement of a full-time faculty or staff member to serve as the organization’s advisor
  4. Create a constitution under which the organization will operate. A sample constitution can be found under the Student Organization Resources tab. 
  5. Submit to Student Engagement a hard copy of the organization’s constitution signed by the chartering students. 
  6. Organizations affiliated with an international organization or governing board must submit a letter of recognition from their organization/board.  These letters should be on the international organization’s official letterhead and it should identify a point of contact for the international organization or governing board. 
  7. Once a proposal is approved, the founders must complete the Student Organization Registration Form and create a portal on Student Engagement Online. Once the Student Engagement Center has approved the registration form, it is entitled to all the rights and privileges of a Recognized Student
    Organization (RSO) and must follow the proper steps to maintain good standing with the university.  All new RSOs must wait one semester after approval before the group is eligible to request Student Allocation Funding. 

New RSO registration applications will be reviewed twice a year.  Student groups seeking recognition for the fall semester must have met with a SLC and submitted all registration materials by October 1.  Student groups seeking recognition for the spring semester must have met with a SLC and submitted all registration materials by February 15.  Founding students will be notified once the new organization proposal has been reviewed and have 2 weeks to submit the annual registration form after notification.