In order to become a Registered Student Organization, a constitution must be created. A written constitution must provide:
- Name and mission statement of the organization
Writing a mission statement for your organization is sometimes intimidating but can be simplified by asking, "Why did we establish this group? and, What do we hope to accomplish?
- Qualifications for membership and eligibility of voting membership
Only students registered with Loyola University Chicago are eligible to be officers and/or voting members
- Necessary operating procedures such as officer positions and duties, committees, election procedure, rules of order, etc.
- Hazing policy
Hazing is any intentional or reckless action or situation, created to produce emotional or physical discomfort, harassment, humiliation or ridicule is strictly prohibited
- Procedures for amending the constitution
- Date of when constitution was completed and most recent date constitution was revised
Constitutions must be revised, at minium, once every four years. It is recommended to revise your constitution annually.
If you decide to have membership dues, collect a set amount from each member. Decide as a group what a reasonable amount is. It will help to know how much money you'll need for the year first. What if someone can't afford the dues? Be sure to disclose to due paying members how the dues will be used. Also, establish a policy/plan regarding what happens to money left in the treasury should the group disband.
It is unacceptable and a violation of University policy to harass, discriminate against or abuse any person because of his or her race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Such behavior threatens to destroy the environment of tolerance and mutual respect that must prevail for this university to fulfill its educational and health care mission. For this reason, every incident of harassment, discrimination, or abuse undermines the aspirations and attacks the ideals of our community. Discrimination is adverse treatment of a person or group based on race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age ,or any other characteristic protected by applicable law, and not individual merit.
See our sample constitution (Word).