The Ohio State University at Newark

How to Start a Student Organization

How to Start a Student Organization

  1. The group must have at least five students willing to commit time and effort to the formation and maintenance of the group. These five students provide the basic structure of the organization. One of the five students must be willing to serve as the primary contact person.

  2. The group must contact a faculty or staff member of Central Ohio Technical College or The Ohio State University at Newark and ask them to serve as a faculty/staff advisor to the organization. A faculty/staff advisor is needed before a student organization will be formally recognized by the Office of Student Life.

    Qualification Criteria: Advisors of student organizations must be full-time members of the Newark campus Faculty or full-time salaried Staff. If a person serving as an advisor is not a member of one of the above classifications, a qualified member of the campus staff must be chosen as a co-advisor.

  3. To register a new student organization, one of the five students will need to start the registration process. Visit the forms page on the student life web page or go directly to the New Student Organization Registration Form.

  4. The organization will need to write a constitution, which serves as an outline of goals and purposes for the organization. The Constitution template is available to aid in the process of creating a constitution.

  5. Once a constitution is written, it should be sent electronically, in Word document format, to the Coordinator for Student Life, Justin Khol for review.

  6. The constitution and registration form will be reviewed by the Coordinator for Student Involvement. Approval confirmation will be sent by email to the student who initiated the registration.