Starting a New Student Club

The Student Life Office encourages students to participate in campus clubs and organizations as a way to develop better insights into group processes, enhance interpersonal skills, and nurture individual talents. 

If you have an idea for a new student club or organization, there are two steps you’ll need to follow to get your group recognized as an approved campus club or organization.

Establishing a club

Establishing a club is a two-step process. First, you must apply for temporary recognition. Then, you must apply for permanent recognition.

Temporary recognition—enables students interested in establishing a club or organization to recruit other students who may be interested in becoming members and to organize those interested by electing officers and developing a constitution. Other privileges of Temporary Recognition include:

  • Use of SCTCC facilities and services.  Rooms may be reserved by calling the Director of Student Life at extension 8-5922.
  • Use of mailbox in the Student Senate Office.
  • Advertising privileges on campus with access to Student Senate bulletin boards and video monitors.

Permanent Recognition—enables organizations to sponsor events and activities that are appropriate to the special interests of their organization under the auspices of SCTCC, participate in club challenges, and receive club support funding.

Steps for establishing Temporary Recognition

  • Complete the Temporary Recognition Application for clubs and organizations and submit it to the Director of Student Activities.
  • If temporary recognition is recommended by the Director of Student Life and Athletics, the Temporary Recognition application will be sent to the Student Senate for final approval.
  • Once Temporary Recognition has been granted, a Student Senate representative will notify the organization of their club’s status no later than three days after temporary recognition is granted. A copy of the Temporary Recognition form will be sent to the Scheduling Office, Business Office, and the Director of Student Life and Athletics. Temporary Recognition will be for a maximum period of six weeks from the date of Student Senate approval.
  • Temporary Recognition status will be void if Permanent Recognition papers are not filed within six weeks of being granted Temporary Recognition—unless the Director of Student Life and Athletics grants an extension.

Steps for establishing Permanent Recognition

To be considered for Permanent Recognition, you must submit the following items to the Director of Student Life and Athletics within six weeks of being granted Temporary Recognition:

  • A list of officers with phone numbers and addresses
  • A copy of the Expectations & Responsibilities of a Club Advisor signed by a SCTCC faculty member indicating willingness to act as the advisor
  • A copy of the Expectations & Responsibilities of the Club to the Advisor signed by both Club President and the Advisor
  • A copy of the Responsibilities of a Club signed by both the Club President and the Advisor
  • A copy of the Student Senate Constitution, read and signed by both the Club President and Advisor
  • A copy of the organization’s constitution, plus by-laws if adopted by the organization. If the group is affiliated with a national organization, the national’s constitution and by-laws must also be submitted. 

Receiving club support funding

Recognized clubs receive club support dollars via a formula based on the number of dues-paying members, the number of majors in the club’s program, and a percentage of last year’s club expenditures.

Earning funds through Club Challenges

Student Clubs have the opportunity to compete in the Student Senate-sponsored Club Challenge Program. Club members compete in a series of activities and earn money for club activities based on participation, individual competition results, and semester-long results.

Earning funds through fundraising

All recognized student organizations are eligible to raise funds from both on and off campus resources. However, all clubs must adhere to SCTCC fundraising guidelines as they pertain to student organizations.