Any member of the University community may start a new organization. However, you should check the list of registered groups in the G.O. Penn system (choose "Student Groups" without logging in) before beginning the process in order to avoid extra work and unnecessary duplication. Prospective sport clubs should also contact the Recreation Department to find out about the availability of space and other resources.
There are two levels of organizations: registered and recognized.
Each group must provide a statement of purpose(mission statement) and a description of criteria for membership. In addition, 3 members of the executive board must be included in the registration form including the President(or position equivalent); Vice President(or position equivalent) and Treasurer(or position equivalent). The University does not approve or disapprove student groups. However, all groups are expected to comply with University rules and policies.
Recognized groups receive recognition from the Student Activities Council (SAC). The process applies to undergraduate groups only.
If a club with a similar purpose is already recognized by SAC, you should get in touch with the contact person for that organization; often it is easier for you to work within the pre-existing organization. When it is impossible to set up a subgroup or subcommittee within the group, you may need to strike out on your own but you should bear in mind that if SAC recognition is your ultimate goal, your group's purpose must be sufficiently different to make it unique.
The full process for SAC Recognition can be found here at http://sacfunded.net/recognition/.
If you have any questions involving the process for new group recognition, please contact the SAC Recognition Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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