Clubs & Organizations
Why Start a Club at CSI?
The College of Staten Island encourages students to form clubs to design and implement programs, events, and activities which support, enrich, extend and amplify the goals of the CSI educational mission.
Involvement in these types of groups presents students with the opportunity to broaden their learning, obtain leadership and interpersonal skills, and develop a commitment to service. Student clubs should strengthen campus-community relations and improve inter-institutional communications, and facilitate students’ acquisition of skills, which will be transferable to other areas of their lives.
Some of the benefits and privileges afforded through recognition include:
- The use of CSI facilities and services
- The right to use the College name
- The opportunity to request weekly meeting space
- The opportunity to use the Club Room in the Campus Center
- The ability to plan and host events on campus
- Eligibility to apply for funding through the Student Government Club Commission
Club Guidelines for Starting a New Club at CSI
The following guidelines apply to organizations and activities conducted and controlled by students and are not required of any organization or activity administered or supervised by CSI offices or departments as part of their educational or administrative function.
1- To charter and gain recognition by the Office of Student Life a student group must exhibit a clear relationship with the educational mission of the College of Staten Island.
2- The student group must have a minimum of ten (10) currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate CSI students. Only members of the CSI community are eligible for participation in a student club at CSI.
3- Elect officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer). The President serves as the representative to Club Council. Club Officers must have a 2.0 GPA or better and must be in good standing with the College. No student may serve as an officer in more than one club, or hold more than one officer position within the club.
4- Club must have a faculty or staff advisor. Advisor must be faculty or full-time staff at the College of Staten Island. Advisor should be someone who is available to attend club meetings and programs, and be willing to support club development and initiatives.
5- Develop a constitution for the club (a sample constitution is available in the Office of Student Life).
Chartering Process for New Clubs
CUNY Bylaws require that all new student organizations be chartered by the Student Government. Once a club has been chartered by the Student Government, they must be recognized by the Office of Student Life. Upon recognition by the Office of Student Life, a club becomes eligible for all of the benefits afforded student groups at the College.
Steps to Chartering a Club at CSI
Step 1: It is recommended that you set up an appointment with the Associate Director for Student Life/Activities to go over the process for starting a club. The Club Chartering Guidelines and Worksheets document can be printed and utilized to support you as you navigate the process of chartering a student club at CSI.
Step 2: Determine the name and purpose of your student group. Speak with potential faculty/staff members about serving as club advisor.
Step 3: Schedule an interest meeting or recruitment event for your new group. You can reserve space in the Office of Student Life (1C-201). You must file a meeting notice for your interest meeting a minimum of 48 hours in advance of the meeting. Promote the meeting.
Step 4: Develop an agenda for your interest meeting.
Step 5: Develop a draft of the Constitution for the group. Copies of past club constitutions are available in the Office of Student Life.
Step 6: Schedule an official meeting for your club. You can reserve space in the Office of Student Life (1C-201). You must file a meeting notice for your official meeting a minimum of 48 hours in advance of the meeting. Promote the meeting.
Step 7: Develop an agenda for your business meeting (remember this is the meeting where you should seek nominations and hold elections for club officers, approve the constitution, discuss and approve club budget request and any plans for events or programs that the club may wish to sponsor.)
Step 8: Host meeting. Designate someone to take minutes. (Click here for suggested format of minutes). Minutes should show a record of the business at the meeting including attendees, motions made and votes. Remember to phone number and email information for all officers, members and the club advisor.
Step 9: Using the completed worksheets, complete the register a new student organization
forms on CSI Campus Connection, under the Organizations tab.
Click the Register a New Organization button on the left
side of your screen. You must log in with your SLAS username and password to access this feature on CSI
Campus Connection. Your SLAS username and password are the same as what you use to log on to campus computers.
Step 10: The Associate Director of Student Life/Activities will process your request. If all paperwork is in order the charter request will be sent to Student Government. If any information is missing or if there is other concerns with your charter the Associate Director will contact the club President via CSI Campus Connection.
The Office of Student Life will grant student groups recognition after Student Government has approved the club charter.