Welcome! This website will guide you through the process of forming a new student organization at Penn State Brandywine. Forming a group can be a challenging, but very rewarding process. To ensure success, the Office of Student Affairs has designed a process that will help your group form a solid foundation so that your organization can succeed and provide valuable experiences for your fellow students. There are many positive benefits associated with being a recognized group on campus, including use of the Penn State name, ability to reserve space and services offered through the Office of Student Affairs.
There are also several responsibilities associated with being a recognized group, including abiding by Penn State's Policies and Rules for Student Organizations, updating officer information whenever there is a change and renewing your recognition status at the beginning of every fall semester.
When starting a new student organization there are several questions to consider:
- First, is there another group on campus that exists that meets the interests you’re looking for in a student organization?
- Would you be able to recruit a minimum of ten members for the group?
- Do you have the time to work on all of the requirements and/or are others helping you?
The Office of Student Affairs is available to help you answer these questions and provide you with assistance in forming your group.
There are necessary requirements for becoming a recognized student organization at Penn State. They are as follows:
- Create a constitution (see sample constitution).
- Recruit a minimum of 10 members and complete a membership list.
- Secure a University faculty or staff adviser and complete the adviser form.
- Complete an Organization Registration Form.
Once the group returns these materials, they will be reviewed by the Office of Student Affairs. A student organization wishing to form can be denied recognition status for the following reasons:
- The purpose, mission and/or activities violate federal, state and/or local laws.
- The purpose, mission and/or activities violate the Penn State Code of Conduct, University Policies and Rules, Policies and Rules for Student Organizations or other University policies and procedures.
- The criteria to establish a group are not completed and sustained as above.
- The group duplicates the purpose of an existing recognized group, except in the case of a religious or political organization.
If you have any questions or need any assistance throughout this process, please contact the Office of Student Affairs.