Chartering a New Student Organization

Students wishing to organize into a new organization must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have at least four (4) chartering members. Each member must be currently enrolled at Georgia Southern University. Note: One of the four students must be designated as the initial Registered Agent. The Registered Agent is the legal contact and spokesperson for the group. Each chartering member must possess a minimal 2.0 cumulative GPA. (OSA staff reserves the right to check officer’s academic standing).
  2. Secure an organizational Advisor. Advisor must be a full-time faculty/staff member at Georgia Southern University, and have been employed with the university for at least 6 months.
  3. Draft a Constitution/Bylaws that will govern your organization. A sample constitution can be found here.  
  4. Have two (2) chartering members complete the New Student Organization Chartering Workshop. Note: One of these officers must be the registered agent (president). The schedule for these workshops can be found here.
  5. After completion of the New Student Organization Chartering Workshop, one of the organization's chartering members must submit an official, new organization registration form (with a formal Constitution) via MyOrgs.

Note: Please allow the Office of Student Activities at least two weeks to process requests. A schedule of New Student Organization Chartering Workshops can be found here.

Students are welcomed and encouraged to consult with Memory Littles, Activities Coordinator for Student Organizations, concerning plans for a new organization, including advice while drafting the constitution, or while making plans.

For further information concerning chartering a new student organization and recognition procedures, please reference the links below:

Guide to Chartering 
Sample Constitution
Privileges of Student Organizations
Obligations of Student Organization
How to Join a Student Organization on OrgSync
How to Charter an Organization

Relationship between University and Registered Student Organizations

Aside from the supervision exercised over organizations deemed to be “University Sponsored Organizations”, Georgia Southern University recognizes registered student organizations as independent entities and assumes no responsibility for their programs or activities. Some organizations, if closely connected with the activities of academic departments of the institution may, in some cases, receive special help and supervision from those departments.

University employees should not serve as officers within a student organization, other than fulfilling the role of advisor. No employee of the University has the authority to open a bank account in the name of or for the benefit of any student organization nor should any employee be included as an allowable signatory on any off-campus bank account of any student organization.

The name of the University, including any abbreviations, should not be used in the official name of the organization and may not be used within the name or description of any off-campus banking account established and/or maintained by any student organization.

Responsibility for any views expressed in a meeting or activity of a student organization is solely that of the individuals concerned and the University is not to be held to approve or disapprove such views, whatever their nature. The University is to be concerned exclusively with the discharge of its educational obligation and to facilitate free discussion of all points of view to the extent constitutionally guaranteed.