Starting a Student Organization
Requirements of Registration
Name of Organization
It cannot duplicate that of an existing registered student organization or a University department. It cannot serve to misrepresent the nature or purpose of the organization. "Ohio University" may be used as part of the name in its title. This does not imply an endorsement by the University. Ohio University will not be responsible for the organizations unpaid bills, contracts, or other business transactions.
Each registered student organization is required to have at least two officers - a president/chair and a treasurer. Creating other officer positions is encouraged but not required. The president and treasurer must be currently enrolled students at Ohio University and have a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. The president and treasurer may not be the same person.
All registered student organizations are required to have an advisor.(See Advisor Guidelines). The University advisor must give written consent to advise your organization.
Constitution and By-laws The constitution and by-laws must clearly describe the purpose and operating procedures of the group. These documents must be specific to the organization applying to register. Organizations with inter/national affiliation must submit a copy of the inter/national constitution or statement of purpose.
At least 50% plus 1 of the members of a student organization must be currently enrolled Ohio University students. Other members of the community and public are welcome to participate in student organizations providing they do not outnumber enrolled Ohio University students. Registered student organizations may not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, and/or ability status. Under Title IX of the U.S. Education Act Amendment of 1972, certain exceptions may be granted for groups such as intercollegiate and intramural athletics, social fraternities and sororities, girl scouts, and boy scouts. If your organization does not adhere to the above policies, the organization will be asked to submit evidence that action has been or is being taken to remove restrictive membership provisions. Continued restriction of membership by constitutional requirements or other binding enactments contrary to University policy will result in the withdrawal of University registration of the organization.