On an annual basis, all organizations seeking official recognition by both the SBA and the Office of the Dean for Students must complete the following:
If officially recognized as an organization by charter and constitution, a business plan and request for funding must be submitted by August 1st.
Starting a New Organization
Formation of new organizations is encouraged. To be eligible for formal recognition the organization must request approval, in writing, from both the SBA and the Office of the Dean for Students.
1) Establish the purpose(s) of your organization and submit a formal written request to the SBA and the Office of the Dean for Students.
2) In cooperation with the Office of the Dean for Students, organize meetings to recruit potential members.
3) Submit a written request for recognition /letter of intent and address it to the President of the SBA and submit a copy to the Office of the Dean for Students.
4) Prepare a constitution and a list of interested members enrolled on this campus. A constitution must include the following:
- The name of the proposed organization.
- The organization’s purpose(s).
- A definition of the responsibility of each of the chief officers, one of who must be assigned to keep the organization’s financial records.
- “Procedures and Guidelines” for the election of officers.
- A statement that clearly indicates the length of each officer’s elected term.
- A non-discrimination statement.
5) Request recognition from the Student Bar Association.
- Submit a copy of your organization’s letter of intent, constitution and a list of interested members, including signatures, to the President of the SBA.
- Request, through the SBA secretary, a place on the agenda for the next SBA meeting.
- The SBA or its Constitution Committee will reserve the right to ask questions and review the constitution under consideration.
- At the next meeting, the SBA will vote on the matter and inform you of its decision.
6) Recognition by the Office of the Dean for Students.
- If approved by the SBA the constitution will be forwarded to the Office of the Dean for Students, with the SBA recommendation, for approval.
- The Office of the Dean for Students reserves the right to meet with the organization’s executive board to discuss the organization’s objectives and goals.
- The Office of the Dean for Students will inform the SBA and the organization of its decision. If the decision of the Dean for Students is contrary to the recommendation of the SBA, a written explanation will be issued.