Proposals for new orgs will not be considered until the first three weeks of the Fall Semester 2018 as denoted by the College Academic Calendar.
All proposals require a meeting to be scheduled by the Director of Student Activities to discuss criteria for final approval by peer committee. Criteria for consideration includes:
- Compliance with College student conduct policies.
- Non-duplication of the mission orientation and/or activities of an already established RSO.
- Concisely articulated objectives and goals of the proposed organization.
- Documented interest by at least ten students.
- Legitimate budgetary model by which the AAS and Student Activities can feasibly fund the organization's goals, projects, publications, and general annual costs.
- Objective plan for sustainability of the organization (i.e. ability to maintain active membership for three consecutive semesters).
- Adherence to Student Activities' non-discrimination policy by which all students have equal access to the organization (consideration given to audition-only organizations allowing opportunity for all students to audition).
- Demonstrable benefit to the Amherst College community.
- Demonstrable need for recognition based on benefits provided to recognized organizations (e.g. room reservations, Student Activities funding [all students may access AAS Discretionary Funding regardless of organizational affiliation], transportation resources).
For the effective organization and vision of your organization, it is important to have a well though out and articulated written Constitution. This document will serve as a guiding resource for future members and is the foundation by which the organization operates. Your constitution should include the following sections:
- Officers and Duties
- Election Procedure
- Organization Advisor/Coach (optional)
- Method for Amending
- Anti-Discrimination & Anti-Hazing Policy
The Campus Center hosts programs planned by many of student organizations. The Student Activities Office provides advisement, direction, and leadership training to the Campus Activities Board (CAB), Association of Amherst Students, Budgetary Committee, WAMH Radio Station, Olio Yearbook, and to the over 100 recognized student organizations and publications at Amherst College.