MUSC Student Organizations Support
Starting a New Student Organization
Starting a New Student Organization
Any group of students desiring recognition as a MUSC student organization must submit the following to the Office of Student Programs:
- completed new organization application (click here to download application)
- a copy of the group’s constitution and by-laws
(structure and sample constitution)
A constitution is the basic framework of an organization. It should state the purpose and should indicate the number of officers and the method of their selection, requirements for membership, and other general operating procedures which might be subject to frequent change. Detailed methods of doing business and specific rules belong in a document called the by-laws. For example, the constitution would establish the fact that dues are a requirement for membership and would outline the method of determining the amount of dues. The by-laws would then state the specific dues structure.
Privileges of Student Organizations
Recognized MUSC student organizations have the right to:
- Meet on campus
- Reserve and use MUSC facilities, equipment and services
- Publish organization’s information in the MUSC Student Handbook
- Disseminate information on meetings, programs and services through the MUSC communication network (student and employee broadcast email systems, online calendar "Student News & Events" and The Catalyst)
- Participate in the annual Student Activities Fair held each year in mid-September
- Establish a MUSC-linked web page
- Raise funds
To retain recognition, student organizations need to assure that their student leadership and faculty advisor information is kept current in the Office of Student Programs. Each August the Office of Student Programs publishes the MUSC Student Handbook which conveys information on recognized student organizations’ purposes, student leaders, faculty advisors and contact information. This is the official record of recognized MUSC student organizations. As student organization information changes throughout the academic year, contact the Office of Student Programs with the new information. These changes will be made in the online MUSC Student Handbook.
Establishing Organizational Bank Accounts
Recognized student organizations operate at MUSC under the auspices of the Office of Student Programs. Organizations requesting use of MUSC’s name and federal ID number on bank accounts must get prior approval from the Executive Director of Student Programs, who will submit a request for approval from the State Treasurer’s Office if deemed appropriate. Click here for complete information and to view the Student Organization Bank Account and Agency Fund Policy.
Use of the Official MUSC Logo
Many student organizations want to reproduce the official MUSC logo on t-shirts, mugs, decals, etc. This is fine as long as the graphics standards for the logo described in detail at www.musc.edu/graphicstandards are followed. Verbiage that is in good taste and does not misrepresent the University may also be included with the logo according to the specified spatial guidelines. If the verbiage your organization would like to include with the logo or the use of the logo is at all questionable, please contact your Dean's Office and/or Willette Burnham, Executive Director of Student Programs, 792-2693, for approval.
Planning an Event Where Alcohol Will Be Served?
Publicizing Your Event
Publicizing events: complete information.
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