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How to Start a Club

Your opportunities for involvement at Colgate are truly endless. If you don’t see the activity you’d like to participate in, start your group!

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Step One

Contact your SGA Liaison ( for the necessary paperwork to propose a student organization. The liaison must receive these materials by the end of the second week of classes. If the liaison does not receive these materials by then, the group can be recognized within the last two weeks of the semester.

Step Two

Complete the paperwork and submit the following three documents to your SGA Liaison. These are available on the CLSI homepage:
  1. Student Organization Recognition Information Form
  2. Student Organization - Petition for Creation
  3. Organization's Constitution (Template)

Step Three

Arrange a meeting with your SGA Liaison and a group adviser from CLSI to ensure that the group's mission satisfies the purpose as articulated in the Student Organization Information file.

Step Four

You and any other representatives of your new organization must be present at meetings of the Student Organization Committee (SOC) and then the SGA Student Senate in order to answer any questions. The Senate will then vote on whether to approve your organization. Your organization will be recognized with a majority vote.

Step Five

Once approved, the Treasurer of your organization will arrange a meeting with the CLSI office manager to ensure an account code is established for the group.

Step Six

You need to create a page for your new group at Get Involved. Calendar submission and funding requests from the BAC are tied to this system. Once you are logged on select My Involvement and select the button for Register a New Organization and follow the steps.

You may register only if you have been recognized and sponsored by the SGA or another campus office or department.

You will need the following information to register:
  • An uploadable copy of your constitution and by-laws
  • A list of all formal officers as outlined in your constitution
  • A membership roster
  • The name and contact information of your organization advisers
After that, the group is up and running! Congratulations!