Policies and Standards

    • University Policy dictates that the leadership of student organizations must come from within the student body of Truman State University, not faculty or staff.
    • Proposals will not be considered for proposed groups that fail to demonstrate independence from an external entity (i.e. business, non-profit, church, etc.).
      • Proposals submitted by students employed by entities for whom they are attempting to create an organization will not be considered.
    • Proposals that are solely philanthropic based, with a long-term fundraising component will not be considered for charter.
    • Proposed student organizations may not be nationally recognized without first obtaining university recognition. Proposed student organizations may not be listed on national organization websites without first being chartered campus organizations.
      • Proposals must disclose any external affiliations; provide the constitution and bylaws of any such organization with which it may be affiliated; and certify that all conditions for affiliation meet the certification standards of the university.
    • Proposals and chartering organizations must refrain from entering or attempting to enter into contractual obligations for the university without prior authorization by designated university staff
    • An organization cannot be created for the purpose of furthering the private financial gain of an individual or a select group of individuals.
    • The decision made by the New Student Organization Committee are final.
      • Organizations are allowed to reapply after 30 days, however, applications will be considered separately. Please note groups with similar membership and mission will be denied.
      •  If a student organization proposal with the same or similar mission statement has been denied twice within the past academic year, the application will not be accepted. Applications for these organizations will not be accepted for a period of two years from the date of the last denial. 
    • The University will not be financially liable for any student organization.
    • Student organizations may be required to show proof of insurance if the activities proposed by the organization pose a risk of harm beyond which is typical.
    • Please note inactive organizations who seek university recognition must re-apply through the new organization application process described here.

*Violation of any of the policies listed above will be grounds for an automatic denial of a hearing.