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
  • Advertising in the Daily Campus (contact Student Senate Communications Chair for more details)
  • 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: Dawn Norris

Committee Members: 

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