FAQs - Information
Click on the links below for answers to many of your most frequently asked questions. Can't find what you're looking for? Stop by Office of Student Activities, located on the 2nd floor of the UC. We're open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- How do I re-register my existing student organization?
- How do I start a student organization?
- What is the required paperwork for student orgs?
- What is the minimum number of members for an organization?
- What are the academic policies for participation in a student organization?
- How do I find an advisor?
- What is the role of the advisor?
- How do I write a constitution and bylaws for my student organization?
- What is COSO and when do they meet?
- How do I create a website for my student org?
- What constitutes a defunct organization?
- How do I restart a defunct organization?
- How do I change the officers in my organization, such as the GL representative?
- What is the procedure for airing grievances, concerns, or conflicts?
- Where can I buy T-shirts for my organization or an event?
- Can I put a bearcat or Willamette logo on T-shirts?
You need to complete 5 steps to re-register your existing student organization for the coming school year. You can find a full listing of these steps as well as links to the forms required here. Keep in mind, all of the forms (some are hard copies and some are online) are due by 3pm on Friday, May 3 to the Office of Student Activities. Groups that complete all the steps and submit their forms on time (that is, by Friday, May 3 at 3pm) will be entered into a drawing to win $250 in non-ASWU funds.[back to top]
First, you must find an advisor who is a member of the Willamette University faculty, staff or administration. Then, complete a Student Organization Affiliation Form listing the officers of the organization. Along with this form, you must provide a petition signed by at least 10 fee-paying CLA/ASP students interested in your organization. Lastly, you must provide a constitution and bylaws. Once all of the paperwork is completed, the organization will be notified of the decision by a member of the Office of Student Activities after the Committee on Student Organizations (COSO) and ASWU Senate has reviewed the proposed organization and voted. Click here for a more complete overview of how to form a new student organization at WU!
Complete a Student Organization Affiliation Form, a petition of at least 10 fee-paying CLA/ASP students expressing interest in the organization, a constitution, and bylaws. You can find copies of these forms and informational handouts in the Office of Student Activities or online.[back to top]
There is no minimum number of students needed. However, you must have at least 10 fee-paying CLA/ASP students sign a petition expressing interest in your organization.[back to top]
All students serving in elected or appointed positions of leadership shall maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA. At the beginning of each semester, the Office of Student Activities will confirm that the contact person for each registered student organization is in compliance with this policy. If a person does fall below the requirement, the student organization will be expected to name a replacement within two weeks of notification. If a student wishes to appeal, they should contact the Director of Student Activities.[back to top]
Find a faculty or staff member who shares a similar interest or expertise in the mission of the student organization you are trying to start. OSA is a great resource to suggest possible advisors for your new group.[back to top]
Your advisor can play an important role in your organization. He/she can help establish goals, create agendas, create a budget, serve as a mediator, and provide continuity and stability in the group from year to year. An advisor signature is required for contracts.[back to top]
The constitution sets forth the general principles upon which an organization is established. The bylaws would contain in more detail the procedures to be followed for meetings, decision-making, officer selection, and financial transactions. Please see the overview on how to write a constitution and bylaws and this sample constitution for specifics on how to create these two documents or pick up the handouts in OSA. Generally, constitutions require a 2/3 vote of the membership for adoption. Bylaws only require a simple majority for approval.[back to top]
COSO stands for Committee on Student Organizations and they meet every other week throughout each semester. They review proposed student organizations and decide along with ASWU Senate if they are approved. Contact Beth Dittman at 503-370-6843 or via email at email@example.com .[back to top]
Student organizations will now have the ability to create their own websites using WebEdit. Each organization will select one member to become the web manager for the year. Web managers will sign up for a specialized WebEdit training with the Web Development office. Contact the Web Development Office for more information via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.[back to top]
An organization becomes defunct if their yearly registration form is not turned in by the end of spring semester.[back to top]
If the organization went defunct within one year of a student wanting to restart it, there is a short form that must be completed. The form is located in OSA. If more than one year has passed since the organization went defunct, the student must begin the process of starting the organization like new. See the FAQ "How do I start a student organization" for more information.[back to top]
If any officer in your student organization is changing, please complete the CLA Student Organization Update Form and submit it Renee Jaime at 503-370-6463 or via email at email@example.com in the OSA. Renee will make sure the Accounting office gets a copy of the updated information.[back to top]
If a student organization has a concern, conflict or grievance with a department on campus, please come to the Office of Student Activities and speak with a staff member. Also see the Student Grievances & Referral Guide for Student Concerns page on the Campus Life website for further information.[back to top]
T-shirts purchased must comply with the University's Anti-Sweatshop Code of Conduct. Review the code online before purchasing.[back to top]
Students who design t-shirts or any form of publicity with any University image or name must have the image approved. Fill out an imprint request form and send a proof of the artwork to Jill Munger (503) 375-5381.[back to top]