How to Start a RSO

Recognized Student Organizations

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


Chartering Your RSO

"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:

  • The name of the organization.
  • Purpose statement – Your goals and programming should connect clearly to this purpose. This purpose statement will be used in publications advertising your organization.
  • Qualification of membership – what does it take to be a member of your RSO?
  • President must be a WSU student currently enrolled in good standing.
  • Officer position and structure – how are your officer positions selected and organized?
  • Ratification date – when did you ratify your constitution?
  • Inclusion of WSU faculty or staff advisor information.
  • Inclusion of this statement: “The Organization and its members agree to adhere to city/state/national laws and University policies.”
  • How to remove a member, officer or advisor from the organization.
  • Officer qualifications and duties.
  • How to amend the constitution.
  • Meetings of the organization, how often, how are they run?
  • Statement defining specific executives and advisor with signatory power.
  • Statement of non-hazing

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:

  1. Jointly determine the category for the RSO – www.wsu.orgsync.com
  2. Discuss responsibilities and benefits of being a RSO
  3. Review your constitution and complete Recognition Chartering Form
  4. Discuss any questions or concerns

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!

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 student.orgs@wichita.edu or call Student Involvement at (317) 978-3022.

Required Forms

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