Becoming a New Student Org

Student organizations can be started at any time between October and April. If you are considering creating a new student organization, an important question to ask yourself as you follow this process is “What does this organization give/do for Middlebury College that no other organization does?”

 Listed below is an overview of the process you will need to follow:

  1. Download a copy of the Middlebury College student organization constitution template. This template includes some mandatory sections for your constitution.
  2. Organize your first meeting of interested students. At the meeting, discuss the purpose of your organization and possible events and draft your constitution and a proposed budget for the academic year.
  3. Find an adviser for your group from the full-time faculty or staff members of the College.
  4. Log into MiddLink (go.middlebury.edu/middlink).  Click on the “Organizations” tab at the top and then click on “Register a New Organization” (on the left).  You will need to include a proposed constitution, proposed events, tentative budget, and roster of interested students (typically a roster will include at least 10 students).
  5. Your submitted application will be reviewed by the SGA Constitution Committee (SGACC).  If your organization seems viable, you will be invited via email to make a presentation. Please note:  proposed community service and volunteer organizations will be directed to the Service Cluster board before meeting with the SGACC.
  6. Following your meeting, the SGACC will vote whether or not to approve your group. You will be notified of the SGACC’s decision via email.
  7. Meet with JJ Boggs in Student Activities (SA) to finalize paperwork, receive training, and access resources.
  8. After meeting with JJ Boggs, arrange a meeting with the SGA Finance Committee. The proposed budget template is on the SGA Finance Committee website. Please note: funding is not guaranteed from the SGA Finance Committee.

Please contact Amari Tevell Simpson, Director of Student Organizations and Chair of the SGA Constitution Committee, at sgacc@middlebury.edu with questions about the process of becoming a new student organization.