Student Involvement is committed to students by intentionally creating co-curricular experiences that complement the academic mission by providing opportunities which engage and develop students.
Resulting in a vibrant campus culture that enhances their journey as a Shocker!
Student Involvement assists students in starting new student organizations that address areas of interest which are not offered through other RSOs. The process is a collaboration of the office and the Student Government Association. The following steps are required in establishing a new student organization at Wichita State University:
1. Determine name and purpose of the student organization
Think about and select the name of the organization as well as what its purpose is and why it would be valuable to add this organization to the WSU community. Groups should not include WSU, Wichita State University or Wichita State in their name.
2. Check for duplicity
Review list of RSOs – wsu.orgsync.com - to ensure no other organization has a similar purpose. If there is another organization with a similar purpose we encourage you to contact this organization about joining them.
3. Find other interested students
Cultivate interest and recruit other students to become members (5 member minimum). Exceptions can be made, recruitment events must be approved by Student Involvement.
4. Organization must have a president who is a current WSU student.
5. Find a full-time faculty or staff advisor (employed by Wichita State)
Asking someone in person is the best way to approach this step. Think about faculty or staff members that you have interacted with and feel comfortable talking with; they will be your best choice. If your organization is more skills based, try to find someone who will be a good resource, teacher or coach. Groups without an advisor will not be approved. If at any time an advisor resigns, the student group has one month to find a replacement.
6. Draft a constitution
Guidelines for creating a constitution as well as the sample constitution can be found on pages 15 – 19 of the Student Organization Handbooks or on the Student Involvement website. Writing the constitution will probably raise lots of questions. Attempt to answer the ones you can and save the rest for the meeting with the Coordinator of Student Organizations and Civic Engagement.
7. Schedule a meeting with the Coordinator of Student Organizations and Civic Engagement
Call 316.978.3022, or visit Student Involvement, to set a meeting. Bring all of the information gathered in steps one (1) through six (6) with you to the meeting. During the meeting you will:
A. Jointly determine the category for the RSO – wsu.orgsync.com
B. Discuss responsibilities and benefits of being a RSO
C. Review your constitution and complete Recognition/Renewal Form
D. Answer any questions or concerns
8. Complete the online registration process with updated roster and the additional requirements of the process.
wsu.orgsync.com - select Student Organization Recognition Form
9. Return all required paperwork to Student Involvement. The paperwork will then be passed along to the Student Government Association, Organizational Outreach Committee. Once approved it will go to SGA Senate and voted upon to be recognized as an RSO.
10. A new RSO!
Once you fully complete all of these steps your organization will receive a recognition e-mail and has officially become a Recognized Student Organization at Wichita State University. A file will be kept in Student Involvement and can be assessed upon request. Congratulations!
It is highly recommended that all new organization complete the Student Organization Development Training. This program is geared towards getting new groups organized and energized to be successful at WSU.