Start an Organization

Start an Organization

Those who wish to start a club at JMU can obtain University recognition through UREC or through Student Activities & Involvement. Sport Clubs who wish to receive UREC recognition can visit the UREC page to learn more.

Organizations wishing to obtain recognition through the Student Activities & Involvement office must complete the CEO (Creating Excellent Organizations) workshop series, secure a faculty advisor, turn in the necessary paperwork, and obtain approval from the Committee on Organization Recognition.

Application Procedure

  1. Students hoping to participate in the organization recognition process are required to submit an Application Form For Recognition to Student Activities & Involvement (Warren 320). Applications will only be accepted on the first day of classes each semester by 3pm.
  2. If more than 12 groups submit applications, a lottery will take place at 3pm to select the 12 groups who will be considered for recognition.
  3. All applicants will be notified by email if they were selected to go through the recognition process. Clubs are allowed to apply again the next semester if they were not selected.

Please Note:

  • Social Fraternities/Sororities must first gain approval from the Associate Director of University Unions for Fraternity & Sorority Life or the Assistant Director for the Center for Multicultural Student Services for Multicultural Greek Life, as appropriate, before they are allowed to participate in the recognition process.
    • To gain approval, you need the JMU Associate Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life to sign Application Form For Recognition  to endorse bring your organization to campus. Submissions for social fraternities or sororities without this signature will not be considered for recognition.
    • For reference, please read the expansion policy provided by FSL: Fraternity Expansion Policy
    • Social Fraternity: Social fraternities (also known as general fraternities) are Title IX protected single-sex student organizations whose main purpose is the personal development of their members. These fraternities do not promote a specific profession, discipline, department, or service.
  • Participating in the CEO workshops does not guarantee recognition. The organization must attend all CEO workshops, secure a faculty advisor, turn in the necessary paperwork, and obtain approval from the Committee on Organization Recognition & Student Affairs Administration before being granted recognition.
  • The organization shall be lawful and not in conflict with the policies, rules, regulations, and standards of the University.

CEO Workshop Attendance and Paperwork Policy

Please be sure your group can commit to the following:

  1. Each organization must have a minimum of two student representatives at each CEO Session. If only one representative attends a session that will count as an absence. Each group is allowed only one absence. If an organization has more than one absence they will be removed from the recognition process immediately. The same representatives do not have to attend all sessions. Ideally, the representatives attending will be the officers that will benefit most from that session.
  2. If a workshop is not attended by any organization representatives, that organization will be immediately removed from the recognition process.
  3. All representatives will be on time and stay for the entire workshop. There is a 5-minute grace period at the beginning of the workshop, after that the workshop will be closed. If a representative comes after the grace period or leaves before the workshop is dismissed it will count as an absence.
  4. All assigned paperwork will be submitted at the designated workshop and must be complete. Failure to submit completed assignments on time will result in removal from the process.
  5. At the end of the series the organization will present their mission, proposed activities, defined goals, and a timeline describing what they plan on doing for the course of the year to the Organization Recognition Committee for approval. There must be at least two members present for this presentation.

If the Committee on Organization Recognition approves the organization for recognition, then the Coordinator for Organization Development will identify the groups for consideration to the Student Affairs Administration. Proposed organizations will be notified of their status as soon as possible after all workshops and paperwork have been completed.