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The University recognizes the role, which organized activities serve in enlarging the educational experiences of the members of the University community. Intellectual and personal growth takes place in student organizations, which have effective leaders and effective members. Students are encouraged to participate in programs provided by these organizations and the staff of the University serves to assist student organizations in their programs.
As a consequence, the University has adopted criteria for the approval of student organizations. The Office of Student Activities shall review and act on all request for such approval. Criteria for this approval and procedures to be followed in seeking approval are included in the Manual for Clubs and Organizations, published by the Office of Student Activities.
Organizations duly recognized under theses policies and procedures enjoy certain privileges:
- A meeting place may be assigned in available University facilities.
- Appropriate and available facilities for social functions may be assigned to an organization in accordance with University policies.
- The privilege of participation in specified activities and programs is accorded the organization. Some examples are the Homecoming Activities and upon request and approval, the special funds program and fund raising ventures on the University campus in accordance with University policies.
Concomitantly, approved organizations, as agencies within the University community, are responsible for conforming to University regulations and procedures as contained in the Student Handbook. Suggestions for revision should be brought to the attention of the Office of Student Activities.
There are approximately fifty-six (56) registered student clubs and organizations on campus (affiliated with our office), including several Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities. These organizations have applied for and met all the qualifications to actively operate on campus. Meaningful involvement in such out-of-class experiences is likely to provide opportunities for the development of self-governance, leadership, decision-making, team building and planning skills.
Membership in these organizations is open to students in good standing, who meet the common-interest objectives of the organization and their own internal criteria and standards. The majority of the organizations are related to the academic interests of the student. Students interested in one of these organizations should contact the advisor. Guidelines are also outlined for students wishing to establish their own student club or organization.