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Starting and Registering New Student Orgs

Eligibility | Policy Compliance | Nondiscrimination | How to Start Your Organization | Organization Registration Process

Student leaders must complete the online registration process through Anchor Link in order to be officially recognized as a Registered Student Organization on campus. The registration process serves to provide current information to Dean of Students office and the University population at large.

There are three time frames throughout the year in which new student organization proposals can be submitted for review:

  • August 1- September 1
  • November 1- November 20
  • March 1- April 15

Before starting a new student organization, the Office of Student Organizations & Anchor Link recommends starting the organization with at least 10 members. Consider holding an interest meeting for your organization before going through the process of registering your organization with Vanderbilt.

Eligibility

To be eligible for registration as a new group, an organization must:
  • Be organized and run by 4 different student officers who are full-time registered students as defined by their schools. Officers must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and may not be on academic or disciplinary probation.
  • Have at least one full-time, permanent, Vanderbilt faculty or staff member as its adviser.
  • Maintain all funds on deposit in an account of good standing through the Office of Financial Affairs and follow appropriate accounting procedures (special conditions apply to fraternities, sororities, and Vanderbilt Student Communications divisions).
  • Be funded by its members or the University (ex. AcFee, departmental funding, member dues).
  • Limit its voting membership to Vanderbilt students, faculty, or staff members (a limited number of other persons may be elected to honorary or associate membership without voting privileges).
  • Have purposes that do not overlap significantly with those of any other registered organization.

Policy Compliance

All Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) at Vanderbilt must comply with University policies and regulations, including our nondiscrimination policy.  Your organization, including all members, officers and advisers, must abide by all Vanderbilt regulations, policies, and procedures, as outlined in the Student Handbook.

Nondiscrimination

During the registration process, your organization will upload a signed affirmation statement affirming the compliance of your organization with the University’s nondiscrimination policy. You need not and should not include a nondiscrimination statement in your constitution.

How to Start Your Organization

Any student member of the Vanderbilt University community can begin a new student organization by following the guidelines below:
  • Determine whether there is enough interest in your idea for an organization by having an informational meeting.
  • Once you have determined there is sufficient interest, meet with those members who will form the executive board and write a constitution. Click here to view a Sample Constitution. You will be asked to upload a constitution during the registration process.
  • Choose an adviser who is a full-time University faculty or staff member. Click here to learn more about expectations for student organization advisers.
  • New community service organizations must obtain approval from the Director of OACS (Office of Active Citizenship and Service) and new sports clubs must obtain approval from the Associate Director of Sports Clubs at the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center prior to registering their organizations.
  • Complete the organization registration process through Anchor Link using the steps listed below.
  • After review and approval, your organization will be notified and may begin to conduct student organization business.

ORGANIZATION REGISTRATION PROCESS

  • Fill out the New Org Interest Form on Anchor Link. The form will be approved or denied within 10 business days.
  • You will be notified once an account has been created for your organization in Anchor Link. You will now be able to officially register as a student organization. Please note: You have 20 business days to complete the registration before the Anchor Link page is made inactive.
  • Your organization will be listed in the Anchor Link “Organization Directory” with the following statement as your summary:  “This group is in the process of completing the approval forms to become a Registered Student Organization (RSO).” This statement is required to remain in place until your organization is officially approved as an RSO.
  • Log into Anchor Link at anchorlink.vanderbilt.edu and go to your organization’s account.
  • Click the “Register” button under your organization’s name on the organization’s home page.
  • Follow the instructions provided to complete your registration. Please review the list below for the materials you will need in order to complete the registration process.
  • As you work on the form, the system will save your content each time you click the “Next” button at the bottom of any page. To return to a registration form you have already started, go to “Your name” in the top black toolbar then click “Involvement” and select “Submissions” and the “Organization Registrations” tab. Click on the eye to open your registration and click on the title of the page you would like to return to.
  • Your organization will be approved or denied within 10 business days. You will receive a notification. You will also receive an email at your Vanderbilt.edu email address if you have “All Notifications” selected on the “Notifications” tab in your profile. This is also how you will receive notification if there is any information missing from your registration. Please be on the lookout for these notifications.

Items Needed for the Student Organization Registration Process:

  1. Name, Vanderbilt Email Address, Cell Phone Number, and VUnetID for the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary
  2. Name, Vanderbilt Email Address and Campus Phone Number, and Cell Phone Number for your Faculty or Staff Adviser;
  3. Electronic Version of the Organization’s Constitution to upload;
  4. Electronic (scanned) version of the Officer and Adviser Affirmation Form to upload, signed by the President (for 2015-16) and Adviser. The form can be scanned in Sarratt 207 if needed.
  5. Electronic (scanned) version of the Center Number Creation Form to upload in order to have an on campus account for organization financial transactions. The form can be scanned in Sarratt 207 if needed.
  6. Electronic profile picture to upload;
  7. Vanderbilt.edu email addresses for all members and officers of your organization either separated by commas or entered on address per line. This is a very important step to ensure membership information is accurate.

Click here to view the privileges of being a Registered Student Organization (RSO).

If you have questions about registering a new student organization,  please contact studentorganizations@vanderbilt.edu or visit Sarratt 207.