Start a New Organization

Want to Start a New Org?

The Stout Student Association encourages all students to follow their passion.

If you have an idea for a student org and something similar doesn't already exist on campus, you can apply for recognition.  The Organizational Affairs Committee of the Stout Student Association manages this process and provides oversight to all recognized student organizations.

When Can Students Apply?

Students can apply during the open application period from September - February.

Students explore student organizations at the annual Backyard Bash.

Steps to Start a New Org

  1. 1

    Submit a Petition

    Complete the Petition for a New Student Organization on CONNECT anytime between September and February.

    The SSA Org Affairs Committee reviews the petition.

  2. 2

    Submit an Org Registration Request

    If the petition is approved, submit an Org Registration Request on CONNECT within 30 days. This requires the development of a constitution and one year plan. A template is available.

  3. 3

    Org Affairs Committee (OAC) Reviews Request

    Students will be asked to present at an OAC meeting to share more about the org and present a one-year plan.

  4. 4

    Request Goes to Senate Meeting

    If the OAC approves the request, it will go to a University Student Senate meeting for final approval.

  5. 5

    Attend a New Org Workshop

    If approved, you must attend a new org workshop hosted by the SSA and Involvement Center.

It's important to follow the steps within the timeframe given by the Organizational Affairs Committee of the SSA.   Any delays in the process could result in the organization not being approved within the year they applied.

Before applying for recognition, make sure a similar org doesn't exist already. Search CONNECT for the current list of organiations.

Questions? Get in touch.

Trisha Haugen

Director of Organizational Affairs, SSA

Krista Proksch

Advisor, Organizational Affairs Committee, SSA