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Starting a new organization is easy!

Application process

All students wishing to start a new student organization at Columbia College must follow the same criteria by applying for recognition. Applications for recognition are available electronically below. 

Application criteria

  • Verify that the student organization does not exist.
  • Form a group of four or more students with a common purpose.
  • Find a full-time staff or faculty member to act as the advisor.
  • Develop a constitution [Sample Constitution].

Constitution requirements

Student organizations have the freedom to create individual constitutions; however, the following statements must be present in every document:

  • Organization name will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, ethnicity, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.
  • Advisors are responsible for ensuring that the organization adheres to the rules and regulations of Columbia College.
  • All changes to this constitution must be approved by the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership Development.

Apply for recognition

Electronic Application for Recognition.

Important: You will need to obtain email addresses and ID numbers of your advisor and initial members and a copy of your constitution to attach before filling out the form. Incomplete forms will be returned.

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