Start up a New Student Organization

Thank you for your interest in starting a new student organization at Kennesaw State University!

New Student Organizations can only be registered during the academic year between September and April. The 2016-2017 New Organization Registration form will close on April 21, 2017.

Student Organizations are an integral part of the co-curricular experience here at KSU. Student Organizations allow KSU students the opportunity to make connections, gain valuable experiences, build resume skills, and add some fun to their college experience. The Department of Student Life’s staff is excited that you are ready and willing to provide another avenue for KSU students to get involved and we are here to support you along the way.

Please take a few moments to read the information below in its entirety before submitting the “New Organization Registration” form found on Owl LifeIf you have questions or concerns, please contact RSO Support at rsosupport@kennesaw.edu.

 
BEFORE YOU GET STARTED: Search the Organization Directory in Owl Life to make sure that your new organization does not have a similar purpose as an existing KSU organization.

STEPS TO STARTING A NEW STUDENT ORGANIZATION:

1. Find 8 currently enrolled KSU students who are interested in being members of the organization.

2. Construct a constitution for the organization with the required KSU articles (See the Resources section below).

3. Find a full time employee of KSU that would like to serve as the organization's advisor.

4. Complete the “New Student Organization Registration” form in its entirety. You will need to log in to Owl Life with your KSU log-in information. From the Organizations page, click the gray “Register” button on the left side below “Register a New Organization” to begin the form. Please allow at least 3-5 business days for your submission to be processed and a Student Activities member to contact you to schedule a “Getting Started” meeting. NOTE: Only KSU emails (@students.kennesaw.edu or @kennesaw.edu) should be used in this form.

5. Complete the remaining three online steps outlined in the “New Student Organization Registration” form.

6. Attend your “Getting Started” meeting to review the form submission, discuss the drafted constitution, and review the annual requirements for student organizations. This meeting will be scheduled by Student Activities after your “New Student Organization Registration” form is submitted & the remaining online steps are done.

 

RESOURCES FOR STARTING A NEW ORGANIZATION:

-INFORMATION TABLE LOCATIONS: New Student Organization Interest Groups can email RSOreservations@kennesaw.edu with two dates to host information tables.  The organization will be given one “6 foot” rectangular table and 2 chairs in the location assigned (except The Commons & Stingers- no chairs provided). The email should include: Name of New Student Organization Interest Group, the Responsible Student’s Name, the Responsible Student’s Email Address, the Responsible Student’s Phone Number, Preferred Location, and a Start & End Times.

Locations Include:

Kennesaw Campus- Carmichael Student Center Rotunda, Atrium or Terrace; outside on Campus Green; The Commons Patio; Social Science Building Display Table; or Social Science Outside Patio.

Marietta Campus- Wilson Student Center Lobby; outside by the Globe; J Building Lobby; or Stingers’ Patio.

-SAMPLE CONSTITUTION: Found in the “New Org Start-Up & Org Re-Registration Resources” folder in the Documents section of the Student Life page in Owl Life. Use this document as a guide in structuring your constitution. Take note of the required constitution articles. 

 ORGANIZATION CATEGORIES:

Below are the different RSO Categories. Determine which one best aligns with the purpose of your new organization before you complete the new organization registration form in Owl Life, Step 4 listed above.

  • Organizations with the purpose to promote the attainment of academic and professional excellence by focusing on a particular major or academic program.
  • Main mission is to compete on a local, state or national level in primarily applied academic competitions. These organizations may be associated with a national competitive organization.
  • Provide a wide variety of safe, well-planned volunteer and community service opportunities. Foster a lifelong commitment to civic engagement and provide opportunities for students to reflect on their community service experience.
  • Share their respective and other cultures with the campus community. Participate in committees, or workshops of cultural organizations and other programs and activities to foster communication, understanding, and positive relations among cultural groups.
  • Organizations that act as a means for students of a particular denomination or religion affiliation to interact with others of the same affiliation.
  • Fraternities, Sororities and supporting Councils include the Greek-lettered organizations that are recognized as part of the College Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Multicultural Greek Council. These organizations and councils are supported by the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life, a unit of Student Life.
  • Organizations that exist to provide benefits, support and services to graduate students.
  • Organizations that recognize students and select membership base on academic achievement.
  • Organizations with a purpose to support and advocate for military veterans and active duty military members.
  • Organizations that promote the enjoyment and/or performance of the arts and music.
  • A political student organization relates to or deals with the structure or affairs of government, politics, or the state; and/or is influenced by partisan interests.
  • An organization that exists in order to provide more information related to their purpose through means of mass communication, such as newspapers, magazines, radio, or television.
  • A Social Action student organization usually exists to encourage some sort of socioeconomic reform.
  • Organizations that focus on a specific set of interests or topics and work to advance members understanding in that specific area of knowledge, learning, and technology in a particular past time or leisure pursuit.

 

PRIVILEGES OF RSOs:

After completing all steps listed above, your organization will be a fully active Registered Student Organization (RSO). RSOs are allowed to access funding, make room reservations, free copies, a mailbox & other privileges.

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