How to Start a Club

To become a recognized student club, follow these steps:

Make an appointment with the program coordinator for clubs and organizations to discuss the recognition process in detail. Prepare the following three documents:

  • Club Leadership Worksheet — this provides our office with contact information for your club leadership and club advisor. It also gives us an idea for what you have in mind for club activities.
  • Constitution — this is your club's founding document that outlines how you'd like your club to be run.
  • Roster — each potential club must have at least ten students who are planning to be involved. Include names AND email addresses.

The constitution and roster can be attached to the Club Leadership Worksheet.  These are all submitted for approval via the online form. The Club Recognition Advisory Committee, appointed by ASUP, reviews all proposals for new clubs. The committee then makes a recommendation to the director of student activities. Finally, the associate vice president for student development makes the final decision on whether the club will gain recognition status under the Office of Student Activities.


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5000 N. Willamette Blvd.,
Portland, Oregon 97203-5798