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Starting a New Student Organization

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It's easy to start a new student organization at Grand Valley State University. First, check to make sure that a similar organization doesn't already exist.  If you don’t see another similar student organization on OrgSync, then create one!  The steps to do so are below:

  • Step 1:  If you have not yet done so, create a user profile on OrgSync. 
  • Step 2: Review the University requirements and guidelines for new organizations in the Registered Student Organization Handbook.  Be sure to read this if you are interested in starting a Club Sport, Fraternity or Sorority, or an Honors organization. 
  • Step 3: Call the Office of Student Life at (616)331-2345 and schedule a meeting with Eric Stevens to discuss your organization.
  • Step 4:  Register your new organization on OrgSync. Log into OrgSync and click 'Organizations' in the navigation menu. Click the green 'Register New Organization' button and fill out the form.
    • You are required to have a minimum of four students, each serving as a different officer to the organization.
      • President, Risk Management Officer (Vice President), Financial Officer, and General Officer (Note: ALL officer positions must be held by separate people.)  
    • You also are required to have a GVSU full-time faculty/staff member or a Division of Student Services graduate assistant as an advisor.
    • A complete constitution with a clear purpose, anti-discrimination policy, dissolution clause, and member requirements. Further details about these sections can be found at the bottom.
      • A blank constitution template can be found here.
  • Step 5: Each of the four E-board members and the Faculty/Staff Advisor must complete the officer training forms located within their OrgSync.
    • These forms can be found by clicking your name in the top-right corner and clicking on the "Activity" tab.
    • Within the "Activity" tab, the forms are located within "Position Requests".

Once these steps have been completed, the Student Organization Review Board (SORB) will review the request. The Student Organization Staff Assistant completes final approval and will contact you directly regarding their decision.


For further assistance in starting a student organization, please drop in to the Office of Student Life - Kirkhof Center 1110! Drop-In Advising hours are every weekday from 1pm - 4pm.  Make a point to come speak with us or call (616) 331-2345. Additionally, a more comprehensive outline of student organization requirements can be found in the Registered Student Organization Handbook. If you don't have time to come see us, please feel free to email rso@gvsu.edu with any student organization or OrgSync questions/issues.

Registration of new student organizations are not reviewed over the spring/summer months.  Summer submissions will be reviewed at the start of the fall semester. However, new organizations are still able to participate in the Fall Campus Life Night and Ignite without final approval.


Constitution Section Descriptions:

  • Purpose - describes the organization's mission and intent on campus
  • Anti-discrimination policy - must be at least compliant with GVSU's policies, which can be found here
  • Dissolution - disbursement of organization resources upon disbandment of organization; must be given to a non-profit organization or an on-campus fund such as the Student Legacy Scholarship; organization's funds CANNOT be given to members
  • Membership Requirements – outline your expectations, selection processes (if any) & requirements for membership (especially if you are selective).