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Start an Organization Process

New Organization Applications will be accepted:

January 16 - February 9, 2024
April 15 - May 1, 2024


Follow the steps below to access the application during the time periods listed above.

  • Log into beinvolved.jmu.edu
  • A widget directing you to the application is on the home page/on the "Home" tab

Upon application approval, the proposed President and Treasurer will be added to the "Start an Organization Process" page on BeInvolved where they will be able to complete the necessary recogition steps. More information will be sent to the President and Treasurer via email at that time. 


1. Online Application: Students wishing to start a new Student Organization begin by completing the "Start an Organization Process" Application on Be Involved. 

Registration requirements include:

  • Five founding members for the organization that are currently enrolled JMU students of any class standing. You must submit their campus email (@dukes.jmu.edu).
  • A President and Treasurer (can be included in the "Five founding members" count.
  • JMU Adviser (full- or part-time faculty/staff member or a registered affiliate, per JMU Policy 3101). This person cannot be a graduate student.
    • Need help finding an Adviser? We suggest asking current faculty/staff that you know and have a relationship with if they are available and willing to be the adviser for your organization!
  • National affiliation information and sponsorship letter (if affiliated with a larger national or international organization).
  • Answering supplemental questions.

Please note that an organization constitution is not required at the time of applying, but one must be completed and submitted before being recognized.

2. Next Steps: After submitting the online registration, organizations will be approved and the proposed President and Treasurer will be added to the "Start an Organization Process" page on BeInvolved where they will be able to complete the necessary recogition steps. Topics that will be covered during this step will include:

  • Constitution Submission
  • Constitution Overview
  • Be Involved Overview
  • Funding and Fundraising for Orgs
  • Risk Management Overview

3. Constitution Review: Organizations will submit their Constitution during this process. A Student Leadership and Involvement staff member will review it and provide feedback. Depending on content, the organization leadership may be asked to meet with the staff member or make modifications based on requested changes.

4. Recognition: Once the organization has watched the presentations, passed the quizzes, and submitted an adequate consitution, the organization will be recognized via official notification from Student Leadership and Involvement. SLI will then:

  • Make the organization’s BeInvolved page viewable to the public
  • Alert Event Management & Scheduling of the new organization to allow for room reservations
  • Add the organization to the Club House check-in process for authorized use
  • A Student Organization Mailbox will be assigned to the group (mailboxes are located in The Club House!)

The organization's primary contact will receive an email alerting to the status change and the organization will be fully recognized and in good standing with full privileges offered to all of our organization!

Helpful Resources for New Organizations

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