Creating a New Student Group
The Fall 2018 Student Group Categorization application will be open from September 19 to midnight October 28
The Spring 2019 Student Group Categorization Application will be open TBD (early-February to late-March)
Click here for the New Student Group Form. You can also access the form by logging into bear sync, clicking on the Organizations tab on the home page, and clicking Register New Organization. Group should be under the Student Activities Office
Step 1. Draft group constitution: Click here for a sample constitution. The constitution should include the following:
Name of the organization (REQUIRED)
Statement of purpose (REQUIRED): include nature of departmental, administrative, legal, religious, political, or financial affiliations without which the organization would not exist
Description of membership (REQUIRED): copy verbatim from the sample constitution (above) and add where applicable
Description of structure of leadership (where applicable): officers must be currently enrolled full-time undergraduate Brown students.
Election of Officers (where applicable)
Organizational financial responsibilities (REQUIRED): copy verbatim from the sample constitution (above)
Description of duties of official advisor (where applicable)
Amendment procedure (REQUIRED): refer to template constitution (above) for sample language and change based on student group needs
Member Dismissal (REQUIRED): refer to template constitution (above) for sample language and change based on student group needs
Step 2. Obtain at least 10 member signatures: Members must be currently enrolled full-time undergraduates Brown students
Please include each member’s full name, signature, class year, and email on the signature sheet
Step 3. Meet with 2-3 other student groups with the most similar mission or services provided. Please note the name and position within the group of the student you met, and you will be asked in the application to describe how your new group will differ from the existing groups. Search for relevant keywords in BearSync to find similar student groups.
Step 4. Complete the categorization application: attach constitution and member signatures when submitting completed app. You can access the new student group categorization application by going to BearSync, clicking on "Browse Organizations" and then "Register New Organization," or you can use this link after the application opens.
Note: The BearSync application does not save your work. We suggest that you draft your answers in a separate document before submitting them to BearSync.
Step 5. Submit your application and meet with assigned UCS Student Activities Committee Representative: SA reps (below) are a resource to help you with the application process and answer any questions. Please make sure to submit your application and constitution before meeting with your SA rep.
Applications are considered incomplete if the group leader does not meet with a SA rep! and
2018-2019 SA Representatives
IMPORTANT: The deadline for groups to meet with their SA Reps is ONE WEEK after the application deadline, which is 11/4. Submitted applications will not be considered if the group leader does not meet with an SA Rep.
Student Activities Chair
Academic and Professional
Campus Resources and Recreational
Gender and Sexuality
Political and Social Action
Residential and Greek
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Groups will be notified of their decisions after being reviewed and approved by both the UCS Student Activities Committee and UCS General Body. This process usually takes several weeks so submit as soon as possible to hear back earlier.
Appeals should be submitted to UCS_SA@brown.edu within 7 days of the date when the original decision is sent out. It must include a written request and reasons for the appeal. The group will have a hearing with the UCS Student Activities Committee within 14 days after the appeal is received.