Student Organizations - How to Start a Student Organization

How to Start a Student Organization

If your interests aren't represented by an existing organization, please review the guidelines below and contact the Student Government Association Office to find out how to start your own!

Procedures for Recognition of Student Organizations

  1. All student organizations must be recognized by Lourdes in order to be able to use campus facilities, institutional or student equipment, and to be able to conduct fund raising or recruitment activities on campus.
  2. The procedure for recognition of new student organizations:
    • A minimum of three (3) students is needed to apply for recognition as a new student organization.
    • An advisor, who is employed by Lourdes as a faculty or staff member on an annual basis, must be secured to serve throughout the organizational process and for a minimum of one year from the date of recognition. It is strongly recommended that organizations have more than one advisor, or an alternate, who can fill in as needed in the absence of the advisor.
    • Each advisor must submit a letter to SGA stating his/her willingness to act as the organization's advisor. A sample letter is available in the Student Organization Handbook.
    • An Application for New Student Organization form can be downloaded from the Student Organization page of the Lourdes website.
    • The completed application and copy of the organization's constitution and/or bylaws are to be returned to SGA.
    • A meeting will be arranged to discuss the procedure to become a recognized organization on campus.
  3. The procedure for annually reactivating recognition is as follows:
    • Each spring prior to the end of the semester, active organizations must return a complete an updated Student Organization Registration Form found online on the Student Organization web page. The updated form must be received within 14 days prior to the end of the spring semester.
    • If the Constitution and/or bylaws were revised within the past year, a copy must be submitted with the Student Organization Registration Form.
    • Organizations not providing updated information may be considered inactive for the academic year. To regain active status, the organization's president must schedule a meeting with SGA and fulfill necessary requirements to regain active status.


Student Government Association
Ebeid Student Center
Phone: 419-824-3943

SGA Advisors
Ked Desamour
Phone: 419-517-8992

Dr. Adam Hodge
Phone: 419-824-3676