Process for Approval by the SGA Student Senate

Proposals for new student organizations are reviewed by the SGA Student Senate during the fall semester (only) to help student organizations begin well in order to apply for funding during the spring semester.

The following criteria are considered by the SGA when reviewing proposals for new student organizations:

  1. The proposed student organization must timely submit to the Director of the CPPD a completed charter application and constitution/bylaws in the form and manner required by this Handbook and taken all other required actions in order to be considered for recognition by the University;
  2. The name of the proposed student organization must accurately identify the function of the group;
  3. The proposed student organization must have a clearly articulated purpose, objectives, and goals;
  4. The membership of the proposed student organization must consist solely of traditional currently enrolled traditional undergraduate Gardner-Webb University students;
  5. The proposed student organization must complement and uphold the principles set forth above under the heading STUDENT ORGANIZATION REQUIREMENTS, EXPECTATIONS, AND RIGHTS (including the Mission, Community Standards, Affirmation, Notice of Non-Discrimination, and applicable laws, University rules, and regulations);
  6. The proposed student organization must effectively address a broadly recognized need that is not currently being adequately addressed by an existing student organization, the University itself, or a third party or company that is already filling this need;
  7. The proposed student organization must demonstrate sufficient local autonomy and independence to allow it act in conformance with this Handbook, without conflict with requirements that may be imposed by an external third party, parent organization, national chapter, or charter;
  8. The proposed student organization must demonstrate the ability to meet the requirements of this Handbook that apply to established student organizations;
  9. The proposed student organization must be responsive and beneficial to traditional residential GardnerWebb students and the University Community;
  10. The proposed organization must not be of the kind or nature that will bring disrepute upon the University or members of the University Community; and
  11. The proposed student organization must not engage in activities will not create an undue risk to members, other participants, or liability to the University.

The proposed student organization has received SGA approval if more than 50% of the voting members present at an officially called session of the SGA Senate vote in favor of approval.

Appeal if SGA Senate Denies Approval

If a proposal is denied by the SGA Senate, the proposed student organization may appeal as follows:

Submit a written appeal to the Dean of Students by email within seven business days of the SGA decision to deny recognition. The appeal must address why the leadership of the proposed student organization feel that the SGA incorrectly applied the criteria for approval. If the Dean determines that the SGA incorrectly denied recognition, the Dean may grant the appeal and extend University recognition to the organization, in which case the “Final Consideration” stage will have been satisfied. If the Dean determines that the SGA correctly applied the approval criteria, then the Dean will deny the appeal after consultation with senior University administrators. This denial is final.