Forming a New Student Organization

Do you and other students have common interests and want to create a forum in which you can express and share those interests? Then forming a student organization could be the way to go! Starting a new organization requires time and dedication, but it will be worthwhile. Student organizations at the George Washington University provide students with an opportunity to explore interests, sharpen skills and learn about themselves and others while enhancing the academic mission of the university.

 

Org fair tabling with students exploring new student organizations in the Smith Center.

 

Fall Org Fair for New Organizations

Potential new organizations must submit their registration application on Engage by Monday, August 17 by 5:00pm EDT to guarantee a spot in the Org Fair, if approved. All applications submitted after August 17th will be considered on a rolling basis.

Process

Review the full Guide to Forming a New Student Organization (PDF) for a complete explanation of the process.

Step 1: Advising Meeting

Meet with a Division for Student Affairs staff representative at the Student Organization Resource Desk to discuss your idea in a new organization consultation meeting. No appointment is needed- drop in hours at the Org Desk (located on the 5th floor of the Marvin Center) are held Mon-Fri, 11:00 am-5:00 pm on days the University is open.

The Student Organization Resource Desk is currently closed, but your student organization can still receive support from Org Help by booking through our virtual office hours or emailing [email protected].

Step 2: Registration

Complete the registration application via Engage using the steps outlined in Registration for a New Student Organization (PDF)After an organization submits their registration form in Engage and meets with a Staff Advisor at the Student Organization Resource Desk, the New Organizations Committee will contact the individual who submitted the application to arrange a time to present. Please allow for at least 3-4 weeks between completion of all application materials and your presentation date.

Note: Part of your new organization registration is submitting a constitution/bylaws document for your potential new org. Every GW student organization constitution must include 4 required clauses. Refer to GW Constitution Guidelines (PDF) for a full guide on writing a constitution.

Step 3: Presentation

Present your proposed organization idea to the New Organizations Committee, which is comprised of GW students and staff. The presentation should be no longer than 5 minutes and cover the action plan and purpose of your organization, as well as what unique needs the organization fills on campus. The New Organizations Committee hears presentations once a month, on a rolling basis, during the fall and spring semesters. Overview the New Student Organization Rubric (PDF) for an insight into the committee evaluation process.

Dates & Deadlines

New student organization registration is open in Engage throughout the fall & spring academic year. Applications for new or reactivating organizations are accepted until April 1, or until the New Organizations Committee's presentation slots are filled, whichever comes first.

Organizations wishing to submit a budget request for Student Association annual allocations for the following academic year must complete all New Org formation steps, including presentation to the Committee, by February 1 at the latest to guarantee a registration decision in advance of the budget submission deadline. Those who apply after April 1 will be assigned to present to the New Organization Committee at the first Committee meeting of the 2020-2021 academic year in August. 

Next Steps

Once an organization is approved for recognition from the New Organizations Committee, the organization will be required to attend an assigned New Organization Orientation program with a GW staff member. Engage portals for each new organization will not be activated until the time of this orientation. As new organizations do not start out with a specifically assigned Staff Advisor (but may be paired with one for the academic year following their formation, if necessary), the Student Org Resource Desk is a helpful tool for new organizations to utilize moving forward. Otherwise, new orgs should contact Org Help, with any questions.