Start a Student Org
Want to start your own student organization? We'll help you set your group up for success.
Step 1: Develop your Idea
Get some other students together who are willing to help you get this new group started (minimum required is two current, full-time Oxy students - one to be the president and one to be the treasurer). Then find an advisor (must be a full-time Oxy faculty or staff member) who you have a relationship with or who might know something about the topic of your group. Then you can fill out the New Club Development form and the Club Contact Sheet.
While you are doing this, talk to other students and have them sign your Student Support Petition. This will give you a chance to promote your group, but also provides an opportunity to make sure that students are ok with your organization having access to their student fees through the ASOC Funding process. (Required for recognition)
Step 2: Write your Constitution
Now that you have at least two student officers, a faculty/staff advisor, and a clear idea of what your organization will stand for and its goals, it's time to put it all down on paper so that when you graduate there will be a solid plan in place for the others that come after you to take over and keep the organization running. A constitution is required for recognition and there are some required statements that must be included in your consititution. Please use the Constitution Guide to ensure compliance.
Step 3: Obtain Recognition
Once you have a completed Club Development form, Club Contact sheet (with at least 2 Oxy student officers and a Oxy faculty/staff advisor identified), Student Support Petition, and Club Constitution, submit all forms to the OSL Department Assistant. For those organizations engaging in high-risk activities, there may be some additional steps necessary to iron out details before you can really get going. Once approved, you will be notified of your official recognition as a Oxy student organization. Please note that you are not an official Oxy student organization until you receive notice from OSL.
Service Organizations must also register with the Office of Community Engagement. You can do this by contacting Ella Turenne, Assistant Dean for Community Engagement.
Religious and Spiritual clubs must also register with Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. Contact Susan Young, ORSL Director, for more information.
Club Sports must also register with the Athletics Office and should contact Jonathan Padron, Club Sports Director, for more information.
Food Clubs must also regsiter with Campus Dining by meeting with Amy Munoz, Associate VP for Hospitality Services.
Social Greek-Lettered Organizations have a separate expansion procedure. If interested in starting a new Greek chapter, please meet with Diego Silva, Assistant Director Student Life.
Step 4: Maintain Recognition
All Oxy clubs have to do two things to keep themselves active, and new groups have to do them right up front. First is to attend one of the annual treasurer trainings. This is where we present policy and resource updates to all organizations to make sure everyone is on the same page. The other piece is to complete the officer update form upon election of your new officers. This keeps our records up to date and maintains your status as a recognized organization.
- Hours: Mon-Fri: 9a-5p
- On Campus: Johnson Student Center 102
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Voice: (323) 259-2918
- Facebook: OxyOSL