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New Student Organizations

We are delighted that you are interested in starting a new student organization at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. We are honored to support more than 300 student organizations on campus. We urge you to review the information and processes below to start the journey to registering your new Student Organization.

List of Current Organizations

First, please look over the list of the current student organizations here at UMKC by going to our RooGroups page. There you can compare your idea to see if there is an existing student organization with the same values and ideas.

You can browse all the organizations listed on the site or search by specific organization or area of interest. The site includes a brief description of every organization, a contact person’s e-mail address, and the organization’s web site (if applicable). Students should feel free to contact the organization if they wish to join or to ask any questions that they might have.

Registration Form

To begin the registration form, you must log in to the RooGroups system (if this is your first log in, it will prompt you to fill out some biographical information).

Once you have logged in, click “Organizations”, and the button to register a new organization will be on the left side, underneath the directory.

Please note: to complete this registration form, you must have the following ready:

‣ An advisor that is a full-time staff or faculty member of UMKC.

‣ Digital copy of your constitution and bylaws (you will be asked to upload these documents.)

‣ This step is mandatory and required to be an official organization.

Follow this link to find out more information on writing your Constitution and Bylaws: Constitution How-To

‣ Username (using their SSO) information for each member of your executive board (e-board). You will use this information for full listing of executive board members on your page’s roster.

FYI: If you have started to register a new organization and not completed the form, you can always go back to your original registration form by clicking “Submissions” on the “My Involvement” drop down list at the top of the RooGroups screen (if you are logged in). Then click “Organization Registration”.

Once your application is submitted, it will be pending in the system for 90 days. After 90 days, if all the required information is not submitted, the request will be deleted.

Application Process

If you feel that none of the current registered student organizations (RSO’s), please review our New Student Organization Registration Process information for student organization registration steps.

Constitution Advisory Committee for Student Organizations

All completed applications will be reviewed by the Constitution Advisory Committee for Student Organizations. The Constitution Committee will meet once every other week during the semester. Upon approval, your student organization will become a recognized student organization (RSO) at the University of Missouri – Kansas City effective 10 days after the decision is made.

‣ Upon becoming an RSO, your organization will receive the privileges outlined under the Benefits of being in "Good Standing"

Benefits of Being in “Good Standing”

Once your application has been approved by the Student Government Association your organization will become a Recognized Student Organization (RSO).
As an RSO, your organization will have access to the following benefits, as long as you remain in "Good Standing"

- Regular use of University facilities: buildings, grounds, services (some may have fees for use)
- Ability to apply for office/cubicle/mailbox space in the UMKC Student Union
- Ability to request funds from the Student Activity Fee Committee (SAFC) if policies and criteria are met
- Access to Office of Student Involvement staff and resources
- Eligible to request catering for events through Dining Services
- Participation in the Student Organization fairs to recruit students
- Leadership training provided by Office of Student Involvement

What steps do we take to maintain “Good Standing” as an organization?

It is important for your organization to maintain a "Good Standing" status, as those organizations who remain in "Good Standing" will maintain access to great benefits.

To remain in "Good Standing" please review our Annual Registration page to learn how you Keep your organization up-to-date.

Appeals Process

If you would like to appeal a decision made by the Constitution Advisory Committee For Student Organizations, you must send a formal letter to the Constitution Committee stating the reason for your appeal and why the committee should approve your student organization. In addition, you must have a letter of support from your Advisor. Please send this letter to umkcsga@umkc.edu. The letter will be sent out by email to all members on the Advisory Committee. A response will be sent 10 days after the letter has been received. There is no appeal process for a decision made by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, or the Office of Student Involvement.

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