New Club/Organization Process
THE FALL 2022 PROCESS OPENS SEPTEMBER 26th
Please read below for more information
If you’re interested in proposing a new club/organization please consider the following:
- Is my organization unique (i.e. are there existing clubs/services on campus that serve
a similar function?)
- Before beginning the process you must first consider whether or not the idea for a new club/organization is significantly different from other groups already recognized at Stony Brook.
- Be sure to browse SB Engaged and review organizations statements of purpose and goals to aid you in your research
- If you feel your club/organization is not significantly different from other already recognized groups, you should contact the existing organization and find out how you can join/support the mission of the group.
- Am I prepared to dedicate the time it will take to establish this new organization
and set it up for success?
- The New Club/Organization Process takes a few months to successfully complete. If approved, building a club/organization from the ground up takes time and dedication.
- Sometimes it may not be the “right” time, therefore make sure your schedule for the upcoming semester allows for the time it will take to start a new group.
If the answers to the above questions are yes then see below for more information on our new club/organization process:
Initial Proposal (Opens on Monday 9/26/2022 at 8AM, Closes Monday 10/10/2022 at 8AM)
Stony Brook University (hereinafter referred to as “SBU”) encourages individuals to develop in many ways, including that of self-governance by creating and managing a Recognized Student Organization (RSO). RSO’s help create a foundation for community, leadership and most importantly, provide a space where discourse for students can be shared and new skills and experiences are discovered. Student organizations, ultimately, help encourage and set forth vibrancy to student life on campus.
All RSO’s are expected to create and maintain a governance system that is adherent to University policy, which fosters both the individual and the group’s growth and responsibility. Student groups that are seeking recognition by the University must complete the New Club/Organization process. Recognition is the formal process by which Stony Brook University agrees that an organization may function on campus, enroll members and identify itself with the University.
Groups that are interested in obtaining this recognition must fill out the New Club/Organization Initial Proposal Form that can be found on SBEngaged. When filling out this form, your potential organization will be submitting the following information and documentation:
- Proposed Organization Name
- Statement of Purpose
- A Statement of Purpose that is unique to the proposed organization, and does not duplicate or closely resemble that of an already existing organization. This also includes but is not limited to organizations with similar goals but differing national and international affiliations, and organizations who may closely resemble or duplicate services offered by Stony Brook University offices or departments.
- Statement indicating how this group would be unique and/or different from other, similar, existing organizations or opportunities on campus (this statement should clearly demonstrate what needs this new organization would meet that are not currently being met by existing organizations, programs or university services)
- External Affiliation
- If your organization has an external affiliation, you must request an authorized letter of approval from the organization on company letterhead and submit it with your application.
- Growth and Sustainability Plan
- A comprehensive growth and sustainability plan for the new organization that details
the following points:
- How the organization plans to contribute to the Stony Brook community, or if applicable the local or national community
- A plan by which the organization will encourage new and continued membership
- A comprehensive growth and sustainability plan for the new organization that details the following points:
- Create Your First Meeting Agenda
- A core component to any organization is hosting meetings to gain and retain members of your organization, how would you plan to host your first club meeting?
- Provide a mock agenda for what you would intend to have your meetings be structured as
Staff members within the Department of Student Engagement and Activities will review the initial proposal and make a decision on whether the proposed group will move on to the second step in the process based upon the information provided in the proposals. Proposals must be clear and concise providing all applicable information for staff members to determine if the organizations:
- Purpose and goals are unique and do not duplicate or closely resemble another organization
- Adheres to University requirements, guidelines, and policies
During the reviewing process, we may reach out if we have any questions regarding your application.The review process will start on Tuesday, October 11th until the end of business day of Friday, October 21st, 2022. During this time, we will go through all initial proposal and provide feedback or approval to move onto the second step of the New Club Process. The department will make every attempt to communicate all initial decisions by the end of business day on Friday, October 21st, 2022.
*Please note any proposed organization that has taken part in the New Club Process Step 1 or Step 2 in a previous semester but did not gain recognition may apply again but must begin the process from the beginning and submit an initial proposal.
Resubmission Process: Monday, October 17th- October 24th, 2022
Resubmission Review: October 25th - November 2nd, 2022
For any proposed organization who was initially denied their proposal application will be given the opportunity to resubmit their application with changes that could potentially advance them to the second part of the New Club Process. The resubmission process provides the proposed group the ability to modify any changes needed and will be reviewed a second time by staff members within the Department of Student Engagement and Activities. During the resubmission period:
- Groups that are given the opportunity for resubmission are only able to resubmit once, it is therefore, imperative that the submission adheres to all requirements and response as best they can to all questions that need clarification
- Review for application submission will be from October 25th to November 2nd, based on rolling resubmissions
- If a proposed organization receives approval for their initial submission they will be able to move to Step 2 in the process
- Proposed organizations that are denied will be encouraged to re-apply in future semesters.
- There is no appeal process for decisions provided after the second review.
All final decisions will be made and communicated to the primary contact by Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022.
*The Department of Student Engagement & Activities reserves the right to amend the timeline at any time as necessary*
New Club/Organization Process (Opens October 17th, approvals on rolling basis until November 11th)
Proposed groups who have been granted initial approval to move on to Step 2 will need to complete the New Club/Organization Process form, and submit the following criteria:
- An executive board consisting minimally of a President, Vice President, Secretary,
and Treasurer. All executive board members must meet the following requirements:
- This will be based on a person’s cumulative grade point average
- Transfer students are permitted to hold executive board positions provided they are current SBU students and proper verification is provided in the application. This verification must reflect the student’s name, institution name, and the appropriate cumulative GPA.
- Hold only one position on the executive board
- Meet the GPA requirement put forth by the Department of Student Engagement and Activities of 2.25 for undergraduate students and 3.0 for graduate students
- No more than two executive board members for a newly proposed undergraduate organization may hold a U4 standing in order to ensure the longevity of the proposed organization.
- Executive board members must be in appropriate conduct standing with the University. Sanctions of University Probation or higher, or a sanction restricting participation in clubs/organizations or from holding leadership positions disqualify students from serving in an executive board or leadership position.
- Be matriculated and working toward a degree
- Confirmation of a faculty or staff member that is willing to serve as the advisor
- You will be responsible for finding a faculty/staff advisor and communicating with them regarding completing the Advisor Agreement Form . We may be able to assist in finding an advisor. If needed contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
- A constitution that follows the model constitution provided by the Department of Student Engagement and Activities, and is in line with
state regulations. The model constitution can be found on SB Engaged in the documents
section for the Department of Student Engagement and Activities page
- We recommend that groups attend the Constitution Workshop prior to creating their club constitution. During this workshop we will discuss common mistakes found in constitutions, what is required in a constitution vs. what can be changed to best fit the group, as well as an opportunity to ask questions regarding the club constitution
- A general club email address (can be Yahoo, Gmail, etc)
- At least 10 general body members on the SB Engaged roster
- At least two eboard members of the club must attend the New Club Workshop after approval (dates to be determined).
- An executive board consisting minimally of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. All executive board members must meet the following requirements:
Once all steps in this process are completed, the group may be granted recognition.
Please note, this step of the process typically consists of multiple resubmissions based on comments and suggestions from the New Club/Organization Process committee member who reviews your submission. It is important that resubmissions with changes are made in a timely manner. Failure to supply resubmissions in a timely manner may delay the proposed organization's approval to a future semester.
The Department of Student Engagement & Activities reserves the right to deny recognition to a proposed organization if:
- The statement of purpose is not unique to the proposed organization, and duplicates or closely resembles that of an already existing organization. This also includes but is not limited to organizations with similar goals but differing national and international affiliations, and organizations who may closely resemble or duplicate services offered by Stony Brook University offices or departments.
- The proposed organization does not meet the requirements for University recognition as outlined in the Community Guidelines for Recognized Student Organizations.
- The proposed organization does not adhere to University requirements, guidelines, and policies.
*If a proposed organization is unable to meet all requirements due to extenuating circumstances, please notify Gillian Farnan at email@example.com. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis.
We encourage all proposed organizations to review and utilize the " Club & Org. Resources" section of our website.
To support in the process of gaining University recognition for a proposed organization, we will host a variety of workshops and drop-in hours throughout the semester including but not limited to:
- New Club/Organization Process Pre-Workshop: (optional) please check back in for dates
- Constitution Workshop: (optional) please check back in for dates
- New Club Workshop: (required for approved clubs and organizations) please check back in for dates
Please see our SB Engaged page for more details on the events listed above.
Additionally, please review and familiarize yourself with the Community Guidelines for Recognized Student Organizations to ensure your proposed organization meets all of the requirements for recognition.
Organizations that duplicate or closely resemble other already recognized student organizations may be asked to consider becoming a subcommittee of the recognized student organization, please review the Subcommittee Guidelines for information on the structure and benefits of becoming a subcommittee.
- Undergraduate organizations who are not currently funded by the Undergraduate Student Government can apply for funding through the Unfunded Organizations Event Grant, or apply for a Probationary Budget. More information on how to apply/qualify can be found here.
- Graduate organizations can apply for funding through the Graduate Student Organization. More information can be found here.
Fraternity & Sorority Expansion:
The expansion process for Fraternities and Sororities is different from the new club process. All fraternities and sororities wishing to seek recognition from Stony Brook University may submit a formal letter expressing interest in expanding to firstname.lastname@example.org.