There’s something in the back of your mind: “Wouldn’t it be nice if RU had a club like that?” You know, you don’t have to keep daydreaming about your ultimate club. You can make one at RU as long as you have a vision, but how can you make that happen? All you have to do is walk into the S.O.A.R. office to get started. When you ask how to start a club, they’ll give you a packet that includes all of the instructions you’ll need.
The first thing it’ll tell you to do is to meet with the Assistant Director for Student Involvement to file your application. The application is relatively short and only asks for your organizations name and description, along with a little bit of your own contact information to supply.
Shortly after that, you’re going to need to strategize and come up with an interest meeting to recruit new club members. Along with those key things, the directions go on to explain how to conduct the first meetings and when the best times for them are. For instance, there should be more than one interest meeting and they should be at various times.
After that, you need an advisor for the organization. This doesn’t mean that the advisor for your group will have authority over it though. It’s more to keep RU informed about your club. The advisor is meant to be your support system and ally. They can even help you come up with your organization’s constitution.
Your organization’s constitution is somewhat a club syllabus. It informs members what your purpose is in writing. It also includes some technical things to make what you’re running is legitimate. This document needs to be reviewed by a committee for approval to make sure that you plan on abiding by RU’s rules within your organization.
After that is approved, you will be asked to make a presentation for the COCO (Committee on Clubs and Organizations). There you will have to be very thorough and give details about all the activities and the nature of your club. The packet also gives you the checklist the COCO will be using to determine whether your club should precede in the application process.
Once the COCO recognizes you, you’re required to create a page on RUInvolved. That way you can communicate with members and show what your club is doing with its events, whether that’s with a bulletin or with pictures. This should be well thought out, since it’s basically your organization’s website and will have to provide quick things about it so that people can learn what it’s about. After all that, you’re finally done and your club can be introduced to the RU campus with the club fair!