How to Start a Club

Club Sports are registered student organizations that are recognized by Central Michigan University. In this packet you will find information about the initiation process of developing new clubs.                                     NOTE: STEP 1 is optional.

1)     Hold an exploration meeting with University Recreation’s Associate Director for Programs. The purpose of this meeting is to answer any questions/concern that you might have about the process, as well as assist in preparing your club for prolonged success.

2)     Hold an interest meeting and/or register the club as a Registered Student Organization (RSO) at  CMU. During or after this meeting, future members might have input and/or assist in developing the club’s foundation. 

 Write and submit a Constitution and Bylaws.  

Complete the on-line registration form with the Office of Student Life at   www.stulife.cmich.edu.

You must have at least three students (enrolled with six or more credit hours) . Start posting flyers, making announcements in classes, and put a notice in the campus newspaper in order to gather interest for your organization.

Determine who will serve on E-board positions …. President, Vice-President, and Treasurer. Once determined, each officer will need to take an on-line training that covers the policies and procedures of the RSO Manual. Please review manual PRIOR to taking training.

Determine who will serve as Club Advisor (Must be a CMU faculty or full-time staff member, or graduated student).

Develop an operating budget. What are going to be the club expenses? How much will dues be?

3)     After becoming an RSO, you may formally apply by doing the following:

Attending all club sports meetings.

Completing and submitting all necessary Club Sports registration materials.

Submit a space request form for practice locations around campus.

Obtain a checking account and Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN)

Request funding


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