Haven’t found your place? Start a new organization that fits your interests and needs! See the steps below for creating a new organization on campus. We conduct our New Student Organization process at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters only.
Important Dates for Fall 2020 will be announced later in the summer. Check back!
1.Online Application: Students wishing to start a new organization begin by completing the online application on BeInvolved (long onto beinvolved.jmu.edu with your JMU credentials and DUO, click the “Organizations” tab, and then click “Register an Organization” on the left side. There will be a blue button at the bottom that says “Register a New Organization”). Application requirements include:
- 8 founding members for the organization that are currently enrolled JMU students of any class standing. You must submit their campus email (@dukes.jmu.edu) or their name will not be counted.
- JMU Faculty/staff advisor (either full time or part time, per JMU Policy 3101). This person cannot be a graduate student.
- Need help finding an advisor? We can help! Email email@example.com for assistance finding an advisor.
- National affiliation information (if relevant)
- Supplemental questions, including:
- What is the purpose of your organization?
- What types of activities do you foresee this organization participation in and/or hosting?
- Is there a student organization on campus that is similar to your proposed organization? If so, how would yours be different? Have you spoken to anyone in the similar organization about combining efforts?
Please note that an organization constitution is not required at the time of applying, but one must be completed and submitted before being recognized. More will be discussed in future steps.
2. Creating Excellent Organizations (CEO) Workshop Series: After submitting the online application, organizations will be confirmed to participate in the CEO process. Organizations need send two representatives to Session 1 and Session 2. Ideally, at least one individual will be an expected organization officer or leader. Each session will be offered twice (schedule below); representatives only need to attend once and do not need to attend together. Representatives will need to sign-in to receive credit for attending on behalf of their organization. Failure for an organization to have two representatives attend a session will result in being dropped from the process and will need to apply again the following semester.
Session 1 – Topics: Constitution Overviews, Diversity & Inclusion, BeInvolved, Club House
Session 2 – Topics: Banking, Nuts & Bolts, Risk Management
3. Constitution Meeting: Organizations will have two representatives attend a meeting with a Student Activities & Involvement staff member to discuss their constitution and answer any other questions the organization may have. Constitution drafts are due 24 hours before the meetings so that Student Activities staff can provide feedback and comments on the constitution during this meeting. A final version of the constitution needs to be uploaded to the organization’s BeInvolved page before the New Org Showcase.
Constitution Meetings will take place after the group CEO meetings above. Constitution drafts will be due no later than 24 hours before an org’s scheduled meeting.
4. New Org Showcase:
The New Org Showcase is where recently recognized organizations have the opportunity to table not only to recruit members, but to introduce themselves to the campus community. This will be an open event for anyone to attend. Organizations will already be recognized and have full privileges by the time of this tabling opportunity, so they may promote themselves as full members of the JMU community.