Student Organization Name & Constitution Changes

Changes to your organization’s constitution or changing your organization’s name are at the final discretion of the Office of Student Involvement.

If you plan to make any changes, please follow the instructions below. If you have any questions, please email a representative of the Office of Student Involvement.

Constitution Changes:

You should review your constitution periodically to make sure:

  • All items that the University requires in Recognized Student Organization constitutions are present (see all bolded clauses in the Sample Constitution for reference)
  • You are following your election guidelines.
  • You are following your amendment guidelines.
  • Your officer positions are defined in your constitution.

If you make any changes, you should:

  • Notify your advisor and a representative from the Office of Student Involvement.
  • Upload the updated constitution (in Microsoft Word) to your organization's Engage page.

If there are any concerns regarding any updates to your constitution, a representative from the Office of Student Involvement will contact you to discuss those concerns.

Name Changes:

The name of your student organization should already define your mission/purpose. Thus, student organizations should not change their name or constitution frequently or at all, as this interrupts the history and promotion of your organization.  Name changes will only be approved if the name doesn’t represent the mission/purpose well or students are not able to connect with the organization because the name is too vague or misleading.

Many departments need to be notified when an organization changes their name so that they can update their records, websites, social media, etc. If you wish to request a name or constitution change, you must do the following:

  • Review your constitution as outlined under Constitution Changes
  • Upload the updated constitution (in Microsoft Word) to your organization's Engage page.

You will be notified via email if you need to make any corrections.  Once your name and updated constitution has been approved, all appropriate University departments will also be notified.

Purpose/Mission Changes:

You will need to request a constitution review if you are changing your organization’s mission statement. Ideally, student organizations should not be revising their mission statements. However, if your organization’s mission no longer matches the needs or interests of your members, you must request a constitution review. Keep in mind that a change in mission may result in you needing to apply as a new organization.

Please follow the steps outlined in Constitution Changes if you wish to change your purpose/mission.