By James Pearson
Have you ever wanted to create a new club on campus, but did not know how?
According to the Campus Life Office, the process for starting a club is not complicated but requires seven steps.
Develop a Statement of Purpose
Before the process begins students must establish a statement of purpose for creating a club which reflects the college’s mission and is different from current clubs. This will help with producing a constitution.
Write a Constitution
According to Campus Life Club Recognition Application guidelines, the constitution “should include information such as the group, statement of purpose, definition of membership, officer responsibilities, and a process for elections of officers, … who must have a 2.5 GPA.”
Select an Advisor
The next step is choosing an advisor that meets the necessary requirements. Students must consider the following when choosing an advisor, such as familiarity with the club’s mission and a positive relationship with students.
Once students have found an advisor they can now gather a group to hold meetings and plan other activities.
When the previous steps are finished students are ready to submit the essential paperwork to the Campus Life Office, Room 2255.
Campus Life will review the paperwork and forward it to the Chair of the Student Affairs Committee to make final approval.
After obtaining consent for the new club, the director of Campus Life will schedule an orientation with the club president and two other officers to review club policies and procedures.
“Last semester 25 clubs were active throughout several campuses,” said Amy Williams Gaudioso, the director of Campus Life. “Of those 25, three were brand new to the Downingtown campus.”