Forming a New Student Organization

Org FairNew student organizations can be considered for official recognition and be eligible to receive funding from the Student Bar Association. For more information about forming a new student organization, please contact the Assistant Director of Student Life, Maura Grant Hayes.

Recruiting New Members

The Office of Student Life assists organizations in their recruiting efforts by hosting an annual Student Organization Fair every fall. Tables are provided for the student organizations that register for the event.  Refreshments and entertainment are provided to all students by The Office of Student Life.  Student Organizations are encouraged to promote their organization and recruit new members by distributing information, answering questions, promoting upcoming events and activities, and collecting new member contact information. 

OrgSync is another tool that can be utilized for on-going student organization recruitment.  Students can request to join organizations in OrgSync and organizations can invite students to join their organization through OrgSync as well.

Funding for New and Re-established Student Organizations

During the first semester of recognition, new or re-established organizations are held to be on “provisional” status, and are funded primarily through Supplemental funding.  Supplemental Funding can be accessed by submitting a Supplemental Funding Request Form to the SBA.  The SBA appropriations Committee will review the request and notify the requestor of whether or not the request was approved.  

During their semester of “provisional” status, new or re-established organizations must hold at least  one significant event (as defined in the SBA Appropriation’s by-laws) in order to be able to submit a semester budget request for a future semester.  New organizations are subject to the same guidelines as established organizations and face the additional budgetary constraint of limited reserve funds.

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