Student Organization Registration Policy

Registration of student groups as organizations is indicative of a relationship of cooperation between the student group and Northern Michigan University.  This procedure is not intended as a means of restricting the free association of students in non-registered groups.

1. Privileges of Registered Organizations

Northern Michigan University has developed a number of services and opportunities that are intended to assist student organizations as they pursue their goals.  Any registered organization may, on terms and conditions more fully set forth in related policies and publications, avail itself of:

A. The use of University facilities for meetings and other activities.

B. The opportunity to conduct approved fundraising projects on campus.

C. The opportunity to participate in all-campus activities.

D. The use of an official mailing address at Northern Michigan University.

E. The opportunity to apply for funding form the Student Finance Committee for all-campus projects and/or programs.

F. The services provided for student organizations by the Center for Student Enrichment.

G. The use of an office or display case in the University Center, to the extent that they are available.

H. The opportunity to participate in a number of campus activities, including Fall Fest, Homecoming, WinterFest, and Orientation.

I. The use of the Promotional Services department in the Center for Student Enrichment for the design of posters, table ads, North Wind ads, banners, etc.

II. Registration Requirements

It is a goal for Northern Michigan University to make the registration process for student organizations as easy as possible while at the same time preserving the integrity of student organization status.  When a group of students seeks to register as a student organization, they will be asked to meet the following criteria:

A. Only student members of the Northern Michigan University community may be officers or members of registered student organizations.

B. Each registered student organization shall have at least one advisor who shall be either a member of the faculty or administrative staff of the University, or the spouse of such a member.

C. Each organization seeking registration shall file in the Center for Student Enrichment a Student Organization Registration Form signed by the organization’s president and one advisor and containing the following information: 

1. The name of the organization.

2. The names of the organization’s officers, their respective titles, their phone numbers, and email addresses.

3. The name of the advisor(s), and the advisor’s position with the University, telephone number, and email address.

4. A copy of the organization’s constitution, or a short statement setting forth the purpose and objectives of the local unit of the Organization, and its qualifications for membership.

D. Student organizations must update their registration by the fourth week of the fall semester in order to utilize the privileges afforded to registered student organizations.  To update their registration, members of a student organization will be asked to fill out a Student Organization Registration form describing only those particulars that have changed since the organization registered or last completed an update form.

E. Exceptions to the foregoing requirements must have the written approval of the Director of the Center for Student Enrichment.

F. Faculty, staff, and members of local communities are welcome as honorary or auxiliary members of student organizations.  These individuals should not, however, be involved in the decision-making process of the organization or in carrying out the organization’s responsibilities.

III. Denial or Suspension of Registration

Registration of a student organization will be denied or suspended by the Director of the Center for Student Enrichment if the organization’s objectives and activities conflict with the educational, cultural, recreational, and social goals of the University.  Such conflict shall include, by way of example, but not by way of limitation, discrimination on the basis of sex, race, creed, or natural origin, acting in furtherance of the private financial gain of an individual or group of individuals, or complicity in any violation of written policies or regulations of the University.

IV. Non-Registered Student Organizations

While certain regulations and privileges have been herein outlined for registered student organizations, it is not intended that non-registered organizations should be completely denied use of University facilities.  New or informally organized student groups may utilize University facilities on a temporary basis by receiving approval to do so by the Director of the Center for Student Enrichment. 

Information concerning the availability of advisors, guidelines for preparing a constitution, facilities available for meetings, etc., may be obtained in the Student Activities and Leadership Programs Office.  The Director of the Center for Student Enrichment will be happy to provide assistance to those groups interested in becoming registered student organizations.