Student organizations are recognized as vehicles that increase a student’s growth and leadership development. Creighton views student organizations as partners in the pursuit of this goal. These organizations provide students the opportunities to develop leadership skills, broaden social and professional perspectives, and contribute to the University and Omaha area. Through participation in these organizations, students are encouraged to share ideas, values, cultures, and activities with other members of the campus community.
Student Organization Requirements
• It is strongly encouraged that membership be open to all students without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex, religion or sexual orientation. (Restricted membership may be granted if the organization provides adequate justification for this special status. Social fraternities and sororities may retain gender specific membership).
• All registered student organizations in good standing are eligible to apply for funding from Creighton Students Union except social fraternities and sororities.
• A moderator who is a faculty or staff member from Creighton University must agree to advise the organization.
• Officers, as defined by the organization’s constitution, must be in good standing with the University (not on academic or disciplinary probation) at the time of their elections and throughout their terms in office. All officers must possess a 2.5 cumulative QPA or its equivalent to be eligible for office and maintain a minimum of 2.5 QPA or its equivalent while serving out their term. If an officer’s cumulative QPA falls below the 2.5 minimum or its equivalent, he or she may be removed from office.
• As part of the initial application, the moderator and president must sign an agreement concerning compliance with any and all relevant University policies, procedures, rules, regulations and guidelines.
• Groups applying for registration must meet a need not presently met by any other organization or department on campus.
• The organization must live out the University mission and be consistent with values of the Catholic and Jesuit traditions in both purpose and practice.
• A registered group must contribute to the overall educational mission of the University. It must demonstrate that its activities will contribute to the advancement of social, moral, cultural, intellectual, physical, or spiritual development of its individual members and the University community.
• Creighton University does not necessarily endorse the views reflected and opinions expressed by student organization members or during their events. Student organizations must assume full responsibility for their members and the events they sponsor. Creighton University assumes no responsibility for student organizations.
Seeking registration takes time and forethought. A group must submit a constitution, mission statement, schedule of events, and completed application to be considered for registration as an organization. Once the Student Activities Office receives these materials, the “pending” organization has access to limited services while waiting for approval. The “pending” organization will be asked to meet with the Student Organization Review Committee (SORC), which meets twice per year.
The University extends certain privileges to each registered student organization. Along with those privileges come certain responsibilities that are expected of each organization. Please see Privileges and Responsibilities of Student Organizations for further details.
While the University respects the right of individual students and student organizations to express their ideas, it is understood that such expressions or views remain those of the individuals or organizations and are not to be construed as necessarily reflecting University opinion or as an endorsement by the University.