• Starting a student org at Hamline University

    Starting a Club or Organization

    So, you’re thinking about starting a new student organization on campus? Great! There are over 70 student organizations on campus, and their presence and contribution make the campus community a more vibrant and interesting place. Student clubs and organizations a great way for students with similar interests to pursue their passion and make friends along the way. 


    Getting Started

    Any group of students may organize and request status as a registered Hamline University organization. All student organization must be registered through the Office of Student Activities. Student organizations can also apply to be chartered through the Hamline Undergraduate Student Congress and/or University offices and academic departments. Only groups with an academic focus may be registered through an academic department. 

    Registration forms from new student organizations will be reviewed twice a year by the Office of Student Activities & Leadership Development; these times include December-January and April-May. 

    Organizations must:

    • Submit a New Student Organization Request
    • Complete a Student Organization Registration form (which must be renewed each academic year).
    • Serve a unique function on campus; requests for redundant organizations may be denied. 
    • Meet all of University expectations regarding relevant policies.
    • Provide names and contact information of Hamline students committed to engaging with the proposed organization (a minimum of 10 total members is required).
    • Identify and provide the name and contact information of the organization’s faculty or staff advisor.


    Faculty/Staff Advisor

    Every recognized student organization (chartered and non-chartered) at Hamline is required to have a faculty or staff person as an advisor. Advisors serve an important role, assisting with activities as well as with organizational development issues. As organization members come and go, the advisor serves as an anchor to the university community. He/she has knowledge of the organization’s past successes and challenges, University policies and procedures, and can help ensure the long-term continuity of the group as student leadership changes.

    It is recommended that an advisor attend at least one organizational meeting a semester and help with training in of new officers. The advisor must be a Hamline faculty or staff member. If you are having difficulty in finding and advisor, contact the Office of Student Leadership and Activities.

    Becoming a Chartered HUSC Organization

    A chartered organization is required to: 

    • Have at least 10 members at all times.
    • Comply with Hamline University and Student Congress policies.
    • Provide activities and/or services that are open and accessible for the entire campus (at least 1 all-campus event per year).
    • Have a clear and specific purpose.
    • Follow and support University and Student Congress diversity policies.
    • Send at least one representative to Student Organization fall and spring caucus meetings hosted by the Student Organizations Chair of HUSC.
    • Have an on or off-campus advisor.

    A chartered organization cannot exist solely to support a political candidate. Political organizations cannot financially support any party, candidate, or political action committee with their budget. A detailed account of the chartering process can be found in the HUSC bylaws.


    Revocation of a group's registered status can come upon the continued irresponsible use of the benefits listed above or violation of University policies. No Hamline group may discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, sexual orientation, handicap, color or ethnic origin.