Student organizations provide an outlet for students to enhance their Shocker Experience! The staff of Student Involvement are here to help you through the process of creating, establishing and chartering an RSO at Wichita State.
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.
|Steps to Charter||Required Forms||RSO Handbook|
"What does chartering mean?" - Chartering refers to the formal recognition of a student organization. A chartered organization at Wichita State is permitted certain benefits not given to recognized groups. Refer to the RSO Handbook for a list of benefits.
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 – www.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. Select a president
Organization must have a president who is a current WSU student in good standing.
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
Student Involvement has prepared a Constitution Guide to help your organization create a successful guiding document. A constitution is intended to outline guiding principles for the daily activities and longevity of the organization. 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 for Student Organizations.
Below are the required elements of the constitution:
7. Schedule a meeting with the Coordinator for Student Organizations
Call (316) 978-3022 or visit the Student Involvement office, RSC 216, 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:
8. Create an organization profile
Tentatively complete the online registration process with updated roster and organization details on OrgSync. www.wsu.orgsync.com - select Student Organization Recognition Form
9. Student Government Association recognition
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 be 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!
11. NEXT STEPS
All new Student Organizations chartered after the Nuts & Bolts Conference must complete a minimum of three (3) Student Organization Workshops in the semester of their chartering.
For questions or further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Student Involvement at (317) 978-3022.
|RSO Chartering Form and Advisor Statement||Initial RSO officer contact information and member names; RSO advisor agreement form|
|Constitution Handout||Details about what an RSO constitution should include and an example constitution|