Forming a New Student Organization on Campus

Do you and other students have common interests and want to create a forum in which you can express and share those interests? Then forming a student organization is definitely the way to go! Starting a new organization requires time and dedication but it will be worthwhile. Student organizations at the George Washington University provide students with an opportunity to explore interests, sharpen skills and learn about themselves and others while enhancing the academic mission of the university.

Process

For an organization to be recognized at the George Washington University and be eligible for all benefits provided to registered student organizations, follow this process:

  1. Meet with a CSE representative at the Student Organization Resource Desk to discuss your idea in a new organization consultation meeting.
  2. Complete the registration application via OrgSync.
  3. Present your proposed organization idea to the New Student Organization Committee, comprised of students and staff. The presentation should be no longer than 4 minutes and cover the action plan and purpose of your organization, as well as what unique needs the organization fills on campus.

Review the Guide to Forming a New Student Organization for a complete explanation of the process. If you are reactivating an existing organization, please e-mail orghelp@gwu.edu for assistance.

New Student Organization Registration

After an organization submits their materials (outlined in the Guide to Forming a New Student Organization), the New Student Organization Committee will contact the individual who submitted the application to arrange a time to present. Please allow for 3-4 weeks between completion of all application materials and your presentation date.

New student organization registration is open within OrgSync while classes are in session. New organizations wishing to be considered in spring 2017 must meet with a CSE representative and complete the registration application via OrgSync by Thursday, April 13, 2017. Applications will re-open in July 2017.

Student Organization Constitutions

All student organizations must have a constitution to govern their organization. Every constitution must include 3 required clauses. Refer to the GW Constitution Guidelines for a full guide on writing a constitution.

Summer 2017 Registration

New organizations wishing to participate in the EngageGW organization fair on Saturday, September 2 may apply for recognition in summer 2017. To take advantage of this opportunity, organizations must complete the following steps by Friday, August 18:

  1. Hold their new organization consultation meeting with a CSE representative in person or via phone call
  2. Complete the registration application on OrgSync (applications re-open July 1)
  3. Register for the EngageGW organization fair before registration closes (registration opens in August)

New organizations wishing to participate in Engage GW will be scheduled for presentations on Monday August 28 or Tuesday August 29, times to be determined. Their participation in Engage GW is contingent on presenting and receiving approval from the CSE before the fair.