Start a Student Organization

Missouri State University offers students a wide variety of ways to get involved on campus. Student Organizations are a great way to bring you together with other students who have similar ideas and goals. Not only can you learn from each other, but you can also develop friendships and contacts. If you have an idea for an organization that is not currently developed, we’d love to help you get started.

Please be aware that this process is extensive and requires a substantial commitment from you. From start to finish it could take several weeks or even months to get a new group officially recognized.

Step 1: Schedule a meeting with Co-Curricular involvement Coordinator

The first step is to schedule to set a new organization meeting with Briar Doulglas. During the meeting, the registration process and student organization funding (SOFAC) will be discussed. Schedule a meeting with Briar.

Step 2: Select an Advisor and members for student organization

Student organizations must have one MSU full-time staff or faculty member serve as an advisor to the organization. In addition, each organization must have a minimum of 5 MSU students as members. Together you will develop a purpose for your organization.

Step 3: Create and submit a Constitution and/or Bylaws

Students must create a Constitution and Bylaws using the New Student Organization and SOFAC meeting template. Completed constitutions and bylaws should be emailed to BriarDouglas@missouristate.edu.

Student organization constitutions will be presented to the Missouri State Student Government Association (SGA) for final review and approval. SGA will ensure that a prospective organization does not too heavily overlap with other organizations, that there isn’t a large amount of risk associated, and that the group’s proposed constitution meets University standards. SGA will then approve the student organization for recognition by Missouri State University.

More information can be found in the Student Organization Handbook.

Step 4: Complete and submit registration paperwork

Schedule a final meeting with Briar (same link above) to complete, and submit the necessary paperwork, including the Annual Organizational Update Form and Advisor Agreement Form.