Start a New Org
Start A New Student Organization
Can't find a group that fits your interests? It's easy to start a new organization at SJSU!
To become a student organization, all groups must go through the New Org Recognition process to be officially Recognized at San José State University and be able to take advantage of University resources and facilities.
Students interested in starting a new organization must complete a New Org Recognition application, and the President and Treasurer of the new organization must complete an online training before being Recognized.
Procedure for New Student Organizations
The New Student Org Recognition Process for Spring 2021 will begin on Monday, January 25th. After this date, students interested in starting a new Student Organization must complete all of the following steps:
Step 1. View the Starting a New Student Organization Presentation
The President of each new group is required to view the Starting a New Student Organization Presentation distributed by Student Involvement. At the end of the Presentation, you will be provided the information of how to proceed with the process.
If you have questions after viewing the Starting a New Student Organization Presentation, please do not hesitate to contact Jordan Webb, Student Engagement Coordinator for Recognized Student Organizations, at email@example.com.
Students must view the Starting a New Organization Presentation in order to apply.
Step 2. Meet Minimum Student Organization Requirements
Student organizations must have a minimum of 5 currently enrolled and matriculated SJSU students, two of which must be the President and Treasurer.
The President and Treasurer must:
- Have a minimum 2.0 cumulative AND previous term GPA
- Be currently enrolled in at least 6 credits (3 credits for graduate students)
- Not have completed over 150 units or 125% of the units needed for their major
- Be in good standing with SJSU
The President is in charge of maintaining the roster. Student organizations must also have an SJSU faculty/staff member serve as an Advisor (California State University Executive Order 1068).
The Advisor must:
- Work for SJSU and have a Bachelors degree
- Cannot be an employee of an SJSU auxiliary department (e.g.: Associated Students, Spartan Eats, Student Union, Research Foundation, Tower Foundation)
- Provide continuity from year to year
- Should be an on-campus faculty or staff member that helps to provide advice, direction, and support for your new organization
Step 3. Complete Application for Recognition
Following your viewing of the Starting a New Student Organization Presentation, you will be given a URL to complete an online application for your organization. The President or Treasurer should complete this application.
You will need to complete the following items:
- President, Treasurer, and Advisor information (Name, Student ID Number, SJSU Email Address)
- Input Entire Membership Roster using SJSU Email Addresses
- Complete section on Finance policies and expectations
- Upload Constitution for the organization
- Must adhere to all guidelines outlined in CSU Executive Order 1068
- Use our Model Constitution as a Template (links to Google Doc)
Step 4. Complete Student Org Leaders Canvas Course
After application has been submitted, the President and Treasurer will be screened to confirm eligibility to serve in the role. Please allow up to a week for Student Involvement to process your request.
After the application has been processed, the President and Treasurer will be added into an online Canvas course specifically for Student Organization leaders. Presidents and Treasurers must complete all sections in the course labeled "Required." Completion must be done by the deadline provided by Student Involvement; failure to do so will result in the organization not being Recognized.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to change any officers for your organization. Presidents & Treasurers must not be on any university probation and must meet unit requirements. All other officers must not be on any university probation.
Additional Steps for Club Sports and Fraternities & Sororities:
An organization that is a competitive club sports team and competes with non-SJSU sports clubs in a league environment must be affiliated with the SJSU Club Sports Program. For more information, visit the Club Sports website.
Organizations seeking affiliation with any fraternity and sorority council (IFC, PHC, NPHC, USFC) must complete the Fraternity and Sorority Expansion Process. For more information about becoming a recognized fraternity or sorority, please contact the relevant Student Involvement staff member.