The Organizations Committee reviews groups applying for chartered status. The committee makes recommendations concerning those organizations in the process of becoming officially recognized by the University as a fully chartered organization. The committee reviews, oversees, and makes recommendations regarding all SMU student organizations.

Benefits of a Full Charter:

  • Can use ‘SMU’ in your organization's name and advertising

  • Semester budget from the Student Senate Finance Committee

  • Affiliate Student Senator assigned as a liaison to your organization

  • Funding from the Chartered Organizations Fund (COF)

  • All benefits of a temporary charter (see below)

Benefits of a Temporary Charter:

  • Utilize meeting space in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center for free

  • Advertising in Hughes-Trigg and elsewhere on campus

  • Funding from the Senate Fund

  • A checking account from the Students’ Association Comptroller

The Chartering Process:

      Preliminary step: visit Starting an Organization 101

  1. Apply for Temporary Charter on Connect.SMU

    • Must have 10 members on roster and an organization advisor

    • Attach Constitution and By-Laws that must include the Nondiscrimination Clause that follows:

      • Organization X does not discriminate during the membership /officer selection process based on: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, gender, gender expression, and sexual orientation.

  2. Present to the Senate Organizations Committee

    • 10 minute presentation discussing your organization's goals, benefit to the community, future programs, etc.

    • Vote is taken to recommend the Temporary Charter

  3. Organizations Committee Chair Presents to the Senate

    • First week: Presents the recommendation as New Business

    • Second week: Presents the recommendation as Old Business and Student Senate votes

  4. Check up on the Organization 6 months later

    • Electronic check-in of progress/membership/events held

  5. Presents to Organizations Committee for Full Charter

    • 10 minute presentation of accomplishments during the past year

    • Vote is taken to recommend the Full Charter

  6. Repeat Step 3 for Full Charter status


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Committee Members:

Chair: Christopher Earles

Committee Advisor: Stephanie Howeth

Committee Members: 

  • Senator Sloane Fuller

  • Senator Adam Bixby

  • Senator Jason Waller

  • Carson Yeager

  • Matt Smith

  • Gabriella Gonzales

  • Caleb Hern