Not finding what you're looking for?
We understand! We are lucky to have such a diverse group of students on campus, who share different identities, interests and thoughts. Starting a registered student organization (RSO) at UTC may seem intimidating. Trust us, it is not. By following our simple steps, you will have everything you need to get started.
Please note! The last day to submit a request to start a new registered student organization for the 2022-2023 academic year was April 6, 2023 at 11:00 PM. After April 6, the form will be closed until the start of classes in August. Over the summer we encourage you to fill out the New Organization Interest form to indicate your interest in starting a new organization when classes resume in August.
If you are interested in re-starting an organization that is in inactive status, please contact our office at [email protected] for further assistance.
- Step 1: Ensure the Organization Does Not Already Exist
We have a variety of active student organizations. Sometimes what you are looking for is called something a little different from what you may think. Students looking to create a new organization should check the Organization Directory on MocSync to verify that a similar group does not already exist. If one exists, you can use that directory to contact the current President to learn how to get involved.
- Step 2: Recruit 4 Additional Mocs
If a group like yours does not already exist, then it’s time to start recruiting other current Mocs who may have the same interest as you! You need at least 4 additional, currently enrolled UTC students to start an organization. Make sure you find people who are committed to helping you start your group and helping it grow. You are allowed to request the use of meeting spaces in the University Center for up to three times to recruit or work toward building the organization; however, you must contact the Office of Student and Family Engagement first and indicate your interest in starting an organization before you can make a reservation.
- Step 3: Find an Adviser
All RSOs are required to have an adviser. For our recognized social fraternities and sororities, this individual can be someone appointed/ selected by their national or international headquarters, their advisory board chair (as deemed by their national or international headquarters) and/or a full-time UTC faculty or staff member. Campus Ministry Association member organizations are allowed to have the lead religious official of their affiliate place of worship serve as their adviser. For all other RSOs, the adviser must be a full-time UTC faculty or staff member.
- Step 4: Create a Constitution & Bylaws
Any group seeking recognition as an RSO must present a constitution. You will be asked to attach a copy of your organization’s constitution and bylaws to your registration request. See a sample below!
If you use our sample, it will speed up your process significantly.
- Step 5: Submit a Registration Request on MocSync
A formal request for recognition must be submitted through MocSync. You will be prompted to complete a registration form and upload a copy of the organization’s constitution and bylaws. Click below to start the form. Register a New Student Organization
- Step 6: Recognition Review
Congratulations! Your registration request has been forwarded to our office. After an initial review, the application will be passed on to SGA for review by the SGA Procedures Committee. If there are changes, additions or inaccuracies that need to be corrected with the request, the student who submitted the form will be contacted by the SGA Parliamentarian and given feedback and instructions on the corrections needed. Once the Procedures Committee has approved the request, the SGA Senate will vote for final approval. If approved by the SGA Senate, the Office of Student and Family Engagement will provide written notification via e-mail to the organization.
The entire process takes about 3 - 5 weeks from the completion of your form.
If at any point you have questions about where your organization stands in the process, contact the SGA Parliamentarian via the contact information above in the left sidebar.