Start up a New Student Organization
Thank you for your interest in establishing a new student organization at Kennesaw State University!
Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) 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 Activities’ 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.
New Student Organizations can only be registered during the academic year between September and April. The New Student Organization Initial Registration process for the 2019-2020 year will open in September 2019 and must be completed by the end of the academic year in May 2020. If you are interested in starting a new organization during the 2019-2020 year, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list of people notified when the process is available.
Please take a few moments to read the information below in its entirety before submitting
the “New Organization Registration” form found on Owl Life. If you have questions or concerns, please contact RSO Support at email@example.com.
Students interested in starting a new Club Sports team should contact the Department of Sports and Recreation. Student interested in starting a new Social Greek organization should contact the Department of Fraternity & Sorority Life.
BEFORE YOU GET STARTED: Search the Organization Directory in Owl Life to make sure that your new student organization does not have a similar purpose as an existing KSU organization. Please note new organization names cannot start with "KSU" or "Kennesaw State University".
STEPS TO START A NEW REGISTERED STUDENT ORGANIZATION:
1. Find 6 currently enrolled KSU students who are interested in being members of the organization and record their names, KSU e-mail addresses, and net-IDs to submit in the “New Student Organization Registration” form (step 4). Also determine who will serve in leadership positions for the group, including the required positions of president, treasurer and reservation delegate.
2. Create a constitution for the organization with the required KSU articles and positions (sample constitution here).
3. Find a full time employee of KSU that would like to serve as the organization's advisor (faculty or staff) and record their name, KSU e-mail address, and KSU office phone number to submit in the “New Student Organization Registration” form. RSOs are allowed to have more than one advisor, however the primary advisor must be a full time employee of KSU.
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. Go to owllife.kennesaw.edu/register then click the blue “Register a New Organization” button to begin the form. Step
by step directions here. Please allow at least 3-5 business days for the submission to be processed. NOTE:
Only KSU emails (@students.kennesaw.edu or @kennesaw.edu) should be used in this form.
---Reactivating an inactive RSO? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance before submitting this form.
5. Complete the remaining online steps outlined in the “New Student Organization Registration” form. After completion of these steps a Student Activities staff member will contact the officers & advisor to schedule a “Getting Started” meeting.
6. The president and advisor are required to attend the “Getting Started” meeting to review the Owl Life “New Student Organization Registration” form submission, discuss the drafted constitution, and review the annual requirements for Registered Student Organizations. This meeting will be scheduled with Student Activities staff after your “New Student Organization Registration” form is submitted and 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 request a reservation for information tables. The group will be given one “6 foot” rectangular table and 2 chairs in the location assigned (except The Commons & Stingers- no chairs provided). The request email to RSOreservations@kennesaw.edu 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. Requests should be submitted at least one week in advance.
- Kennesaw Campus- Carmichael Student Center Rotunda (2nd floor), Atrium (1st floor) or outside on the Student Center Terrace by the Sturgis Library; outside on Campus Green; The Commons Patio; Social Science Building lobby; or Social Science Outside Patio.
- Marietta Campus- Wilson Student Center Lobby (2nd floor); outside by the Globe; J Building Lobby; or Stingers’ Patio.
-SAMPLE CONSTITUTION: Found HERE. Use this document as a guide in structuring your constitution. Take note of the required constitution article and be sure to include page numbers.
-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.
Academic and ProfessionalOrganizations that promote academic and/or professional growth by focusing on a particular major or academic program.
Applied Academic Competition TeamOrganizations that compete on a local, state or national level in primarily applied academic competitions.
Community ServiceOrganizations that provide volunteer and community service opportunities including, but not limited to, philanthropy activities, advocacy work, and hands-on service opportunities.
Cultural-Based and InternationalOrganizations that act as a means for students of a particular culture or nationality to interact with others of the same affiliation and/or to share their respective culture with the broader campus community.
Faith-Based and SpiritualOrganizations that act as a means for students of a particular denomination or religious affiliation to interact with others of the same affiliation or to explore ideas and topics related to faith and spirituality.
Fraternities and SororitiesFraternities, 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 and should contact Fraternity & Sorority Life for information regarding expansion.
GraduateOrganizations that exist to provide benefits, support and services to graduate students primarily.
Honor SocietiesOrganizations that recognize students and select membership based on academic and personal achievement.
MilitaryOrganizations that support and advocate for military veterans and military members.
Performance and Fine ArtsOrganizations that promote the enjoyment and/or performance of the arts and music.
PoliticalOrganizations that relate to, or deal with, the structure and affairs of government, politics, or the state (partisan or non-partisan).
Publications and MediaOrganizations that exist in order to provide information related to their purpose through means of mass communication, such as newspapers, magazines, radio, or television.
Social ActionOrganizations that discuss, encourage, and/or engage in reform work related to a particular cause or movement for social change.
Special InterestOrganizations that focus on a specific set of interests or topics and work to advance members understanding in that specific area or engage 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 from SABAC, make room reservations, free copies, a mailbox & other privileges.