HOW DO I START A NEW CLUB AT PHILLY U?
THE STUDENT ACTIVITIES OFFICE (SAO) PHILOSOPHY: The SAO attempts to create an environment in which clubs and organizations flourish and thrive at Philadelphia University. Part of that is providing open opportunities for students to start new clubs on campus. The SAO will assist and facilitate that process. Clubs and organizations at Philadelphia University are “student driven”. This means that they will be created by student’s interest and be maintained by student’s involvement.
GETTING STARTED: When students wish to start a new student club on campus they will begin by filling out a "New Club Application Form" which can be located here. When that form is completed it can be returned to the SAO in Kanbar 301 or by emailing it directly to StudentActivities@philau.edu .
HOW CAN THE SAO HELP?: The SAO will help any way possible to assist students in getting clubs up and running. Specifically they can assist with:
- Setting up an interest meeting(s) to see who might be interested.
- Marketing the new interest group.
- Assist with the reservation of space.
- Advise through the process of starting up.
- Providing resources to support the student’s efforts.
When setting up an interest meeting be sure to keep in mind when would be best time(s) to capture the most students? In order to see if there will be enough student interest, it may actually require several meetings.
GETTING “OFFICIALLY" REGISTERED: If you get enough students interested in the club then you can move onto the formal registration process. New clubs and orgs will register the same way as other group on campus. Details of that process will be covered at that time.
HOW DO I START A GREEK ORGANIZATION AT PHILAU?
Philadelphia University values collegiate fraternities and sororities as an important component of the undergraduate experience at the University. To support the Greek life on campus and strengthen their presence, the Office of Student Activities has adopted the following policies and guidelines.
REQUIREMENTS FOR GREEK ORGANIZATIONS AT PHILADELPHIA UNIVERSITY
- Greek organizations must be nationally based. No local chapters will be considered for recognition.
- Membership must be drawn entirely from the undergraduate and/or graduate populations at Philadelphia University.
- Greek organizations must meet the standards of the Philadelphia University.
- The goals and mission laid out by the Greek organization must conform to those laid out by Philadelphia University.
- Both the University Administration and the Department of Student Activities must recognize and approve Greek organizations.
DEFINITION OF RECOGNITION
- Recognition is the formal process by which Philadelphia University agrees that an organization can function on campus and identify its chapter with the University.
- Upon recognition the University enters into agreements with them within the basic principles applied to University affiliation. There must be commonality in goals and standards; disclosure of principals; mechanisms for accountability; and provisions for the discontinuation of the affiliation should goals diverge or standards decline in ways that would expose the University to liability or loss of reputation.
- A New Greek Organization” application form will need to be obtained from the Director of the Campus Center and Student Activities. This form only allows a group to form as a colony at the University.
- Once the requirements are met as outlined in the "New Greek Organization" application the group will go through the University's approval process. This process includes judicial, academic and signature approvals.
- Once the interest group is approved the national will then be cleared to "colonize" the organization if they have met all the requirements on their end.
- When the group has officially been colonized they will then need to also register the organization on campus through the same process that all clubs and organizations do.
GETTING STARTED: The individuals interested in starting a new greek organization on campus must first set up a meeting with the Director of the Campus Center and Student Activities who also is the Greek Advisor at the University. A meeting can be arranged by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 215-951-2599.
THE PROCESS: Any new Fraternities and sororities must first seek recognition by the University as a whole.
MAINTAINING RECOGNITION STATUS: Fraternity/Sorority recognition by the University shall be ongoing so long as the group maintains the standards set forth by the University and keeps in good standing with both the University and the Student Activities Office.
Student Activities Office