At American University a student organization is any student group that is recognized through Student Activities and is governed by one of the four recognized governing bodies. Governing bodies are student organizations that finance student organizations. The American University governing bodies include the American University Club Council, American University Student Government, Student Media Board and the Graduate Leadership Council.
Annual Renewal is the process that all recognized student
organizations go through once a year to maintain their active status. This process may include steps
such as updating the organization governing documents, renewal of the volunteer
advisor agreement with a faculty/staff member, in-person or online training,
and updating general and executive board membership rosters. www.american.edu/son
Registration is the process that all organizations go through to achieve initial recognition. This process may include steps such as creating the organization governing documents (constitution and bylaws); the documentation of interest for the proposed organization from eight AU students in good academic standing; finding a faculty/staff volunteer advisor; and participation in training (in-person or online) for new executive board members.
Recognition is the formal acknowledgement by Student Activities of a student organization that has completed all steps for registration or renewal. Recognition is granted throughout the year on a rolling basis and renewed once a year during the spring semester.
Building Healthy Environments: Create empowering and supportive
environments that promote safety and well-being.
Community Building: Encouraging critical discourse and a compassionate
campus that values difference and inclusion.
Active Citizenship: Promote active civic involvement to contribute to and
improve campus life for the purpose of transforming ideas into action.
Take time with your organization executive board members to review these guidelines. Let’s work together to build a leadership community that cares!
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Student leadership teams that plan in advance and properly prepare for events and programming initiatives have greater access to funds, spaces, and University Center and Student Activities office support. The documents in this section can assist you in the planning and successful execution of programming at AU. Before proceeding with any events , make sure you have followed the appropriate funding allocation process to obtain funding and meet with your SA advisor.
Please allow two days for approval. (Ideally Student clubs will submit their request 3 weeks before the proposed event date)
The success of a student club is measured by the success of the small leadership team. Because of the self-governing, and highly autonomous leadership structures of student run clubs, leaders must recruit (and often hold elections for) volunteer leaders, develop their capacity for making decisions about organizational governance, and create organizational structures for engaging additional volunteers in the work of the group.
The following guidelines can provide both new and seasoned student organization leaders a series of best practices they can add to their toolkit to build better organizations.