The organizations committee reviews groups applying for chartered status and makes recommendations concerning those organizations in their process of becoming a fully chartered and recognized organization. The committee reviews, oversees, and makes recommendations regarding all student organizations. 

Benefits of a Full Charter:

  • ‘SMU’ in the org’s name
  • Semester budget
  • Affiliate Senator

Benefits of Temporary Charter:

  • Meeting space in the Hughes-Trigg
  • Advertising in Hughes-Trigg and elsewhere on campus
  • Funding from the Senate Fund
  • A checking account from the Students’ Association Comptroller 

The Chartering Process:

  1. Apply for Temporary Charter at Orgs@SMU
    • Must have 10 members on roster and advisor
    • Attach Constitution and By-Laws with a Nondiscrimination Clause
  2. Present to the Senate Organizations Committee
    • 10 minute presentation discussing your org’s goals, benefit to community, future programs
    • Meetings are Mondays in the Suite 300 Conference Room from 1:30pm to 3pm
    • 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 senate votes
  4. Check up on the Organization 6 months later
    • Electronic check-in of progress/membership/events held
  5. Presents to Orgs 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


Student Organizations Manual

Please address any questions to

Committee Members:

Chair: Olivia Buerkle

Committee Advisor: Dawn Norris

Committee Members: 

  • Senator Sloane Fuller
  • Senator Adam Bixby
  • Senator Jason Waller
  • Carson Yeager
  • Matt Smith 
  • Gabriella Gonzales
  • Caleb Hern