How to Charter an Organization

1. Check this list to see if there is an existing organization with similar purposes. The CSA Bylaws stipulate the following: "Groups seeking Chartered Organization status that fall under the jurisdiction of a current Chartered Organization must join that Organization for a trial period of one term. If the group’s specific needs are not addressed in the Organization, it shall be considered for Chartering. Groups associated with nationality or cultures are exempt from this requirement." This is the most common reason that charters are denied.

2. Email CSA Vice President, and inform her of your intentions to charter a new student organization. Then, have five supporting members of your group email the Vice President using the following format: "I [Full Student Name] support the creation of [Organization Name]." Ensure that the subject line of your email is "Petition for [Organization Name]".

3. Draft and submit a Charter. Your organization's charter must include the following information, and conform to the stipulations of CSA Bylaws Article IV (listed below):

  •  The purpose of the group.
  •  The type of programming that will be done.
  •  A description of officer duties.
  •  The conditions for disbandment. Every group must have at least 10 members.

Click here to submit a charter.

What happens next?

Your charter will be reviewed by Governance Committee at its next meeting. Governance Committee may ask you to make revisions to your charter. Once it is approved by Governance Committee, CSA Senate will make the final approval at its next meeting. You will be notified of your status throughout the process. Once your organization is chartered, read this handbook for more information.

If you have general questions or comments about this process feel free to contact CSA Vice President.