Winthrop University: Student Organizations - Starting a New Organization

Starting a New Student Organization

Thank you for your interest in starting a new student organization at Winthrop University.  This webpage contains the directions on how to start your new organization, as well as all of the forms that will need to be completed.

Step 1 -- Watch the video above.

Step 2 -- Submit an "Intent to Register" form.

To start the chartering process, every organization must submit an online "Intent to Register" form. This form alerts the Office of Student Activities that you intend to organize this group. Once you submit your Intent to Register form,the GA from the Office of Student Activities will grant the representative with access to the Student Org Training Modules via BlackBoard. If your organization has not completed these items at the end of 60 days, your group will not be recognized.  At the time of completion, 

"Intent to Register" forms will only be accepted from August 2021 - March 30, 2022.


Step 3 -- Complete Student Organizations Training modules on Blackboard.

Every student organization must complete Student Organization Training modules to register with the Office of Student Activities. Each module will cover the important information about functioning as a student organization on campus, as well as how to reserve space. There is a quiz after each module.  These modules can be done at anytime but all modules and quizzes must be completed before you can submit any new or re-registration paperwork. After finishing all five modules and quizzes, the organization's representative will have access to the Charter Packet. The Charter Packet includes a Charter Form, Roster Form, Advisor Agreement Form and Constitution and Bylaws.  NOTE - the representative listed as the primary contact for the organization will be given access to the Student Org Training modules via BlackBoard.

Step 4 -- Submit a Charter Packet and Constitution/Bylaws to the Office of Student Activities.

The student representative is to work with their organization officers to complete these forms in their entirety. 

  • A guide on how to write a constitution is available here.
  • A sample Constitution/Bylaws can be found here
  • Access to the Charter Packet here.

Complete and upload appropriate forms to your Charter Packet to initiate your meeting. If you are having trouble completing you packet, this is the time for help with that. Your packet will be reviewed by the Office of Student Activities and then forwarded to CSL. 

Step 5 -- Attend a Council of Student Leaders meeting to be chartered.

After you have completed all of the steps above, the Vice President of the Council of Student Leaders will contact you to invite your organization to attend an upcoming CSL meeting. At this meeting, your organization will be interviewed by CSL. After that, your organization's charter will be voted on by CSL members. Once CSL approves the charter for your organization, you have become an official student organization at Winthrop University. CSL meets on Mondays at 7 p.m.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Office of Student Activities at 803/323-2248 or Thanks!

Last Updated: 5/16/22