Starting a New Student Organization at UND
There are over 275 student organizations at the University of North Dakota representing the spectrum of activity and interest. However, if you don’t find a student organization that aligns with your interests and there are several people that feel the same, you have the opportunity to start your own student organization. There is a lot of work in initiating and organizing a student organization but the Student Involvement & Leadership Office has streamlined the recognition process to make it as simple as possible. It is the belief of the staff of the Student Involvement & Leadership Office that involvement in co-curricular activities contributes to the overall success of a student while in and after college. Thus, we value and encourage the development and formation of new student organizations.
This packet contains all of the information and forms that you need to start an organization. It also explains the policies and responsibilities that you agree to once you initiate this process. You must be committed to the organization as well as to upholding University policy when starting a student organization.
Intent to Organize
Any group interested in forming a new organization must fill out an "Intent to Organize Form." Students interested in forming a new organization should contact the Student Involvement & Leadership Office to set up a meeting to discuss the formation process prior to completing the "Intent to Organize Form." Completion of this form will allow the group use of University facilities for organizational meetings.
To be a recognized student organization at the University of North Dakota, a governing document, or constitution, is required. The Student Involvement & Leadership Office (SILO) has developed three model constitutions of varying complexity that you may use to guide you in the creation of your own constitution. Due to the varying needs associated with Recognized Student Organizations, students involved in the constitution creation process should schedule a meeting with a professional staff member in SILO to discuss which version is most applicable to their organization. The completed constitution must be submitted to the Student Involvement & Leadership Office for review and approval prior to becoming a Recognized Student Organization.