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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 2017-2018 New Organization Registration form will open on September 27, 2017 and will close on April 6, 2018.

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. Please note new organization names cannot start with "KSU" or "Kennesaw State University".

STEPS TO STARTING A NEW STUDENT ORGANIZATION:

1. Find 5 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 (sample constitution here).

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. 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.

5. Complete the remaining three online steps outlined in the “New Student Organization Registration” form. After completion of these steps a Student Activities member will contact the officers to schedule a “Getting Started” meeting.

6. The primary officers and advisor need to attend the “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 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.

  • Organizations that promote academic and/or professional growth by focusing on a particular major or academic program.
  • Organizations that compete on a local, state or national level in primarily applied academic competitions.
  • Organizations that provide volunteer and community service opportunities including, but not limited to, philanthropy activities, advocacy work, and hands-on service opportunities.
  • Organizations 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.
  • Organizations 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, 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.
  • Organizations that exist to provide benefits, support and services to graduate students primarily.
  • Organizations that recognize students and select membership based on academic and personal achievement.
  • Organizations that support and advocate for military veterans and military members.
  • Organizations that promote the enjoyment and/or performance of the arts and music.
  • Organizations that relate to, or deal with, the structure and affairs of government, politics, or the state (partisan or non-partisan).
  • Organizations that exist in order to provide information related to their purpose through means of mass communication, such as newspapers, magazines, radio, or television.
  • Organizations that discuss, encourage, and/or engage in reform work related to a particular cause or movement for social change.
  • Organizations 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 (if allowed per classification), make room reservations, free copies, a mailbox & other privileges.

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