Start an Organization
Student Government encourages the creation of new student organizations to fulfill a need or special interest on campus that is not adequately addressed by an existing organization on the Pittsburgh campus. The Committee on Student Organizations (CoSO), comprised by representatives from the Undergraduate Student Senate, Graduate Student Assembly, and student organizations, is chaired by the Director of Organizations and will review all applications.
New organization recognition applications are accepted on a rolling basis and may be submitted at any time through Friday, March 1, 2024 (to ensure the process is completed by the end of the academic year). All organizations recognized by December 15, 2023 will be eligible to participate in the 2024 Winter Activities Fair and apply for JFC funding for the 2024-2025 academic school year.
On TartanConnect, the New Recognition process is called New Student Organizations Registration. Please find the step-by-step process here.
In order to submit a new recognition application, you should:
- Determine if any existing student organization on campus exists that might address the same mission or goals as your proposed new organization. Student Government's organization directory, TartanConnect, can assist you in this search.
- New organizations must have at least 3 officers and 8 additional members or 2 officers, one advisor, and 8 additional members.
- All Student Government Recognized Student Organizations must abide by the CMU Statement of Assurance and be inclusive to all graduate and undergraduate students.
- Schedule a meeting with the Director of Organizations to discuss your organization and learn more about the recognition process.
- Fill out the New Recognition Application 2023-2024, which will ask you a few questions about your membership, mission and goals, and anticipated activities. To find the New Recognition Application on TartanConnect, it will be under the "Groups" tab then "All Groups" section. Click on the "Registering New Organizations" button. Please find the step-by-step process here.
- Upon submission, you will be contacted by the New Recognition Chair or SGDOO to set-up a meeting for you to present in front of CoSO.
- The New Recognition Chair or a CoSO representative will work with your organization to develop a set of by-laws or constitution that will set-up the framework and structure of your organization. There is a checklist to walk you through how to develop this framework and structure. A stranger should be able to pick up your document and understand who your organization is, what's its purpose, what the responsibilities of your officers are, etc.
If your organization is not granted the status of student government recognition, you may appeal the decision of CoSO. In order to appeal:
- You must submit a written notice of your appeal to CoSO (firstname.lastname@example.org) within one week of receipt of the notification of CoSO's decision.
- CoSO will schedule an appeal hearing within two weeks of the receipt of the request for appeal.
- At the end of the appeal hearing, CoSO will vote on whether to reverse the original recognition decision made.
- If your organization is still not satisfied with the decision, you can appeal to Student Senate or the Graduate Student Assembly
Benefits and Privileges of Student Government Recognition
The Committee on Student Organizations (CoSO) oversees the new recognition process, which occurs on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. Recognition entitles a student organization to a number of benefits, including:
- The ability to apply for funding eligibility status from the Joint Funding Committee (Note: recognition does not guarantee funding);
- The ability to reserve meeting places on campus through the 25Live reservation system and to set up displays in the various campus buildings subject to university regulations;
- Access to the university accounting system to make purchases and deposit allocations and other funds;
- The ability to request a University Center mailbox and an organization email account for the organization;
- Access to an organization page on TartanConnect to utilize organization management tools including managing your roster, viewing your financial transactions, recruiting new members, and publicizing your events;
- Eligibility to apply for office or storage space in the University Center and elsewhere on campus;
- Permission to poster on bulletin boards throughout campus (review Student Government Graffiti & Poster Policy) and leaflet or petition on campus;
- Eligibility to participate in the Fall and Winter Activities FAIR.