New Student Group Registration

New Student Groups are groups in the process of registering with Student Unions and Activities for the first time. These groups are new to campus.

There are over 1,000 student groups at the University of Minnesota. Before you start a new group, look to see if a similar group already exists. You can find student groups on GopherLink.

If you can’t find your student group, you can register a new group.

Relevant Dates and Deadlines

All times are listed in US Central Time.

  • Thursday, October 1, 2020: Registration for new and expired groups opens in GopherLink
  • Friday, May 14, 2021: Deadline for new group registration forms to be submitted in GopherLink.
  • Friday, May 28, 2021 at 2:00pm: Deadline to complete in-process Full Registration requirements. Extensions will not be granted. Groups that do not meet this deadline may restart the registration process when student group registration opens for Fall 2021.

Registration Process for New Student Groups

New Student Groups that are seeking “currently registered” status and access to all student group benefits can begin the process between Thursday, October 1, 2020 and Friday, May 14, 2021.

Prepare for Registration

Prior to starting the registration process, new groups can take the following steps:

  • Determine the founding officers of the group. All student groups need at least five officers who are currently enrolled students at the University of Minnesota
  • Outline the purpose and mission of the organization
  • Determine which student group classification makes sense for the group.
    • If your group will be a Campus Life Program:
      • Identify an CLP Advisor and CLP Department Head for your group
      • Complete a CLP Advisor Letter and have your group’s CLP Advisor and Department Head sign the letter.
  • Draft a student group constitution using the student group constitution writing guide. Reminder: student group constitutions must be signed by at least five officers who appear on the group’s roster in GopherLink; digital signatures that can be identified as unique to each signer are accepted.

Steps to Registration for New Student Groups:

New Group Registration Forms must be submitted between Thursday, October 1, 2020 and Friday, May 14, 2021. All registration requirements for New Student Groups must be completed on or before Friday, May 28, 2020.

Click here to review requirements for registration.

  1. The link to the registration form will become available on October 1. One of the founding officers from the student group must complete a New Group Registration Form between October 1, 2020 and May 14, 2021. Through the form you will provide:
    1. The group’s classification, either Registered Student Organization (RSO) or Campus Life Program (CLP). Review student group policies to learn more about each classification.
    2. The officers and members of the student group. There must be at least five officers identified on the roster in the registration submission. All officers must meet the criteria for being an officer. Click here to review officer responsibilities.
    3. A group constitution that meets all minimum requirements for student group constitutions. Click here to review constitution requirements, recommendations, and example language.
    4. For CLPs only:
      1. The CLP Advisor’s and CLP Department Head’s names and UMN email addresses; these positions can be held by the same person.
      2. A completed and signed CLP Advisor Letter (download a blank letter here)
  2. The Student Activities Office will review your form submission. The form submitter will receive an email via GopherLink with next steps and feedback to satisfy registration requirements.
  3. At least one officer must complete the Canvas course for New/Expired Group Registration. The Student Activities Office will grant your officers access to the Canvas course after the New Group Registration Form is submitted.
  4. Once your group has completed the Canvas course, you can schedule your group’s New Group Meeting with a Student Activities Advisor. Contact the Student Activities Office to schedule your group’s virtual meeting at sao@umn.edu. We recommend at least two officers attend the meeting, preferably the president and treasurer.
  5. Once all requirements have been met, your group will be “currently registered” status and gain full access to student group benefits through September 30, 2021.
  6. Your group will have to pay the $30 registration fee to remain in good standing.
    1. RSOs will be invoiced after other registration requirements have been met; RSOs that do not pay the invoice on time may have their status impacted.
    2. CLPs must provide an EFS chartstring within 30 days of the registration requirements being met; CLPs that do not provide an EFS chartstring on time may have their status impacted. Click here to submit an EFS chartstring.

Terms of Full Registration Status

Review the student group policies for benefits and responsibilities of registered student groups.