Contact: Office of Student Life and Leadership 700 University Avenue Student Center (SC) 255 Monroe, LA 71209-1180 318-342-5287 318-342-3516 (fax)
Student Life and Leadership
How to Create a Recognized Student Organization
Visit the Atlas page (myULM -> Campus Systems -> Atlas) and browse the available groups
to make sure we do not already have a chapter of the group you wish to start.
Read the Student Organization Handbook available for download here.
Please note that you and your group are responsible for all rules, policies, and regulations
outlined in this section. Read it in its entirety, as you will be held accountable.
Contact Garry Butler at email@example.com for an appointment to go over the basic purpose of the group.
If this group has a national affiliate, contact the national headquarters for information
about how to get this chapter recognized. (These requirements vary from group to group.)
Gather a group of at least five students who wish to create and run the group with
Find an advisor (full-time faculty or professional staff).
Have the advisor sign the Advisor Agreement Form, available for download here.
Work with the other students starting a group to write a constitution/by-laws for
the group. You must follow the outline found in the Student Organization Handbook,
including the three mandatory statements. Also include anything the national affiliate
requires, if applicable.
Contact Garry Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment to go over the final details. Bring the names of the students,
the draft of the constitution/by-laws, and the advisor agreement form to this meeting.
Revise the constitution/by-laws based on corrections given at the meeting with Garry.
Submit the revised version to Garry for approval.
Once the documents are approved, go onto Atlas and click “Request New RSO.” Please
be sure to select the correct group category.
Once Garry approves this request, the group is now free to hold meetings, events,
and advertise itself. Prior to this approval, the group may not function in any capacity
outside establishing the group’s recognition through the department of Student Life
and Leadership and, if applicable, the national headquarters of that group.