Do you have a new idea or activity that you think other students would like to get involved in? Any student can start their own Union club!
We've prepared a detailed guide for starting a club, but here's the abbreviated version:
Talk to the Union Administration Office
Before you start, find out if a similar club already exists that you might be able to work with.
Get a packet of information from Melissa Termine-Goetz, Assistant Coordinator of Student Activities, in the Union Admin Office (Rm. 3702)
Schedule an Organizational Meeting
To reserve a room:
- Union rooms, Community Center, West Hall contact Jean Purtell email@example.com or x6505
- Classrooms and West Hall Auditorium contact Michael Conroy at firstname.lastname@example.org
- All fields and athletic facilities contact Steve Allard at email@example.com
- Alumni House contact Geoff Seber at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chapel and Cultural Center rooms, contact Anne Tory at email@example.com
- Commons Area, DCC, CII and JEC call for reservation at x2350
Advertise Your Meeting
Check out this page for a lot more information about the best ways to get the word out about your meeting!
Write Your Purpose Statement
Your purpose statement is a statement of goals and activities the club intends to follow, including how this will benefit the RPI Community.
Submit a copy of your purpose to the Union Constitution Committee through Melissa Termine-Goetz
Answer questions from Constitution Committee.
Read and Understand Starter Constitution
Submit the Union Starter Constitution, which will be approved as your operating constitution the same time your purpose is approved.
Submit an updated Starter Constitution to the Union Admin. Office along with club officers names and contact information.
Attend E-Board Meeting
When all your information is together, your purpose and starter constitution will be sent to the E-Board for approval. You will be informed when this is happening and a representative from the club should be present to answer any questions.
Approval of Club
If the E-Board approves your purpose, you are then considered a Union recognized club. (union recognition does not immediately approve you for funding)
You are eligible for a starter budget of up to $125, if you meet the criteria for being a funded club (see attached)
Prepare Your Permanent Constitution
Your Starter Constitution will expire 36 months (3 years) from its start so a permanent constitution needs to be filed with the Union Administration Office.
A member of the Executive Board Constitution Committee can help you, if you have any questions.
The committee will review your constitution an dmay send it back to you with recommendations for changes.
After the committee is happy with your constitution it will be sent to the E-Board for final approval.
Any More Questions?top
If you have any further questions, please contact the Union Administration and Student Activities Office at 276-6505, or visit us in the 3rd floor of the Union, Room 3702.
Starter Club Constitution
In order to be recognized by the Rensselaer Union, you're going to need a club constitution. Fortunately, we've got a Starter Constitution for you to use as a foundation for your own one.
The Union Executive Board requests that all new clubs complete a questionnaire before seeking Union recognition. You can download these questions here.
Club Recognition Timeline
This timeline provides a thorough breakdown on how a rising club/organization attempts to first receive Union Recognition, and then if appropriate, Union Funding. You can download this document here.