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Foundations for New Student Organizations is our process of preparing groups that wish to be recognized by JMU. In Foundations, groups will learn the basics about operating on campus and create a constitution for operating their student organization.

New Organization Applications will be accepted:
April 17, 2023 - May 4, 2023

To Find the Application:

  • Log into Beinvolved.jmu.edu
  • A widget directing you to the application is on the home page/on the "Home" tab
Upon application approval, you and your listed members will be added to a private Foundations Group page on Be Involved where you will have access to compelte the necessary recogition steps. More information will be sent to you via email at that time. 

1. Online Application: Students wishing to start a new organization begin by completing the Foundations Application on Be Involved. 

Registration requirements include:

  • 3 founding members for the organization that are currently enrolled JMU students of any class standing. You must submit their campus email (@dukes.jmu.edu) or their name will not be counted.
  • JMU Faculty/staff adviser (either full time or part time, 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!
    • Still can’t find someone? We can help! Email beinvolved@jmu.edu.
  • National affiliation information and sponsorship letter (if relevant)
  • Supplemental questions, including:
    • What is the purpose of your organization?
    • What types of activities do you foresee this organization participation in and/or hosting?
    • Is there a student organization on campus that is similar to your proposed organization? If so, how would yours be different? Have you spoken to anyone in the similar organization about combining efforts?

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

2. Foundations for Student Organizations: After submitting the online registration, organizations will be confirmed to participate in the Foundations process. Only 1 person each of group needs to view the presentations and quizzes on behalf of the organization, and that person can vary based on the topic (i.e. the President may want to complete the Constitution presentation/quiz while the intended Treasurer may want to complete the banking & finance presentation/quiz). Topics that will be covered are:

  • Constitution Overviews
  • Be Involved
  • Club House
  • Banking
  • Student Event Planner Certification (Room Reservations)
  • Risk Management

3. Constitution Meeting: Organizations will meet with a Student Activities & Involvement staff member to discuss their constitution and answer any other questions the organization may have. Constitution drafts will be uploaded as an assignment on the Canvas course so that Student Activities staff can provide feedback and comments on the constitution during this meeting. 

4. Recognition: Once the organization has completed the presentations, quizzes, and have met with SAI staff to discuss their constitutions, the organization will be recognized when the final constitution has been submitted. SAI staff will confirm the required aspects of the constitution, and then finalize the recognition by:

  • Making the organization’s BeInvolved page viewable to the public
  • Alerting Event Management & Scheduling of the new organization to allow for room reservations
  • Adding 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 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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