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Handbook for Student Organizations

Starting a New Student Organization

UW-Eau Claire has nearly 240 student organizations on campus and the UW-Eau Claire Student Student Senate encourages all students to follow their passion. If you have an idea for a student org and something similar doesn't already exist on campus, you can apply for recognition.

The Campus Affairs Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate has the authority to recommend to the Student Senate the granting and suspension of registration for all campus organizations, and to recommend policies governing the operation of all student organizations. Any group of students proposing to form a new campus organization must meet all of the Commission regulations and requirements.

New Student Organization requests will be accepted from Sept. 1 - Nov. 30 each fall.

  1. The first step in registering an organization is to complete a Statement of Intent. Complete a Petition to Start a New Student Organization.

  2. The Statement of Intent shall include the following:

    a.    A statement of purpose
    b.    A statement of the nature of affiliation, if any, with national or regional
    c.    A statement of interest and support, with campus address and phone number of a
           faculty/staff member willing to serve as primary advisor. Additional advisors are
           encouraged and may include other faculty/administrative staff members and
           community, business, and/or religious leaders.

  3. The Statement of Intent shall be completed and submitted electronically.

  4. Upon receiving the completed Statement of Intent, the Student Senate Program Associate will notify the Student Organization Advisor and confirm advisor appointment. Acceptance of the Statement of Intent by the Commission shall constitute permission to organize the petitioning group on this campus. This permission shall be known as provisional status.

  5. The organization granted provisional status will be registered by the Student Senate Program Associate with Event Services to ensure that the group will be allowed to reserve meeting rooms, set up tables in the Davies Center, use bulletin board space to display posters, and conduct membership drives. During this period of provisional status, these facilities may be used only for the purposes of forming the organization. Privileges of financial solicitation, presentation of speakers, social events, etc., are reserved for fully registered organizations only.

  6. The period of provisional status will last for up to six weeks, beginning with the date of the filing of the Statement of Intent, and excluding any recess periods. During this time, the group will prepare a constitution in accordance with Constitution Guidelines. Upon completion of the constitution, as ratified by the organization’s membership, the organization must complete the Organization Registration process via BluSync by completing the BluSync organization profile. If any assistance is needed, please inquire with the Campus Affairs Commission of the Student Senate.

  7. Upon submitting the organization registration and constitution form, the Campus Affairs Commission will review the constitution form to see that all requirements have been met, and upon acceptance by the Commission, the constitution shall be recommended to the Student Senate. Upon approval by the Student Senate, the group shall be registered as a campus organization. If the constitution is not approved by the Commission, the group shall be granted an additional time period in which to revise the document and resubmit. If, at the end of the six week provisional status period, the group has not complied with the above procedures, it will lose its right of provisional status.

  8. Any organization violating its provisional status will have it revoked for a period of four weeks, therefore losing the right to reserve rooms, set up tables in Davies Center, and use bulletin board space to display posters. The decision to revoke status will be made by the Campus Affairs Commission of the Student Senate. The decision of the Campus Affairs Commission may be appealed to the entire Student Senate.

  9. No Statement of Intent will be accepted from, or provisional status granted to, any organization outside of the Sept. 1st - Nov. 31st timeframe.

  10. Upon being granted provisional status, the proposed organization will be assigned a portal within the BluSync student organization management system and a mail slot in the Student Organizations and Leadership Center, Davies Center 220.  Each organization is expected to complete the profile information within their respective BluSync portal (which includes completing and uploading the constitution form) and check their mailbox weekly for receipt of communications. Organizations are also encouraged to utilize their BluSync portal as well as their mail slots as a vehicle for inter-organizational communication.


  1. In compliance with University regulations regarding student organizations, two executive board members from each organization must attend a mandatory conference (Kaleidoscope) and renew their organizations' BluSync profile information no later than October 31st of each fall semester. Organizations must also update their organizations' BluSync profile information any time there is a change of officers or advisors. The organization renewal process must be completed via BluSync.

  2. Organizations that fail to renew their organization registration by the October 31st deadline will automatically be placed on inactive status. Inactive organizations lose all rights and privileges of an organization including, but not limited to: The right to reserve rooms; apply for student segregated fee funding; participate in the bi-annual Blu's Organizations Bash; set up tables in the Davies Center; use bulletin board or digital monitor space to display information; use mailboxes, lockers, or supplies in the Student Organizations and Leadership Center or Workshop; and use of the organization portal in BluSync.

  3. Inactive organizations can reapply for active status by filling out a Petition for Reactivation of a Student Organization.

  4. Inactive organizations that have filled out a Petition for Reactivation are considered provisional and must adhere to guidelines outlined for provisional groups.

  5. Organizations are required to review their constitutions annually in order to update any necessary information. Organizations must complete and upload their constitution forms via their BluSync portal profile information. All corrections and revisions must be approved by the Campus Affairs Commission to become valid.

  6. The Campus Affairs Commission will review constitutional changes and decide by majority vote if they adhere to present requirements. If approved by the Campus Affairs Commission, the constitution will be approved within the organization’s BluSync profile information. If changes are deemed necessary by the Campus Affairs Commission, the organization may do the following:
    a.   Appeal to the Student Senate by informing the President, in writing, one week before the next scheduled Senate meeting that they feel their  constitution is complete.
           i.  If changes are deemed necessary by the Student Senate, the organization can make the necessary revisions to their constitution form and resubmit the revised constitution form via BluSync and begin the process again.          
          ii.  If approved by the Student Senate, the constitution form will be approved within the organizations' BluSync portal profile information.

  7. Student organizations needing to make changes regarding their official recognized name must complete and submit a Petition for Student Organization Name Change.

  8. At the time an organization disbands or becomes inactive, it is to notify the Coordinator for Student Organizations and the Campus Affairs Commission Director in writing.