Campus Life reserves the right to delegate Recognition and Affiliation review to the Club Review Board (CRB). The Club Review Board meets weekly during the year to discuss new groups. The board is comprised of ten student clubs and two advisors – the student clubs are rotated each semester and chosen at random per category. In addition, the two advisors are comprised of the Clubs & Organizations Team.

The President of RIT reserves the right to review all Applications for Club Recognition and Affiliation and make the final decision.

Application Process - Updated 5/4/2022

Thank you for your interest in starting a new student club or organization at RIT. Applications for the 2021/2022 academic year are currently closed and will not open until August 2022. Below you can find information on what is needed to start a new organization. If you questions regarding the requirements, please contact our team at for more information.


Minimum 10 members

E-Board (Minimum President & Treasurer)

Advisor (current full or part time faculty or staff member at RIT) - except for Campus Life Affiliation applicants

Planned Future Meeting Times

3 Unique (different) Events planned

Recruiting Members

To start a new club it is required that ten current RIT students are recruited to join your organization. You can do so by holding a general meeting to get students interested and to talk about your group – your group has the ability to reserve a meeting location by contacting Once you have ten signatures and a full-time advisor (for Campus Life Recognition only), then you’ll proceed to the next step.

For help with advertising, email with materials or to reserve a room to hold an interest meeting.



For this portion you will be asked to come in and present to the board about your group and answer questions they may have. You will be contacted separately by the Club Administration Team to come in and present 5-10 minutes and prepare a presentation in some format addressing questions that will be asked (i.e. name of club, mission, purpose, etc.) At the meeting you will need to announce who the advisor is (if applying for Campus Life Recognition), and you’ll need to bring the list of ten names. If the group is approved you’ll be contacted via email and next steps will be provided to you for how to setup the group.

Questions to Address:
Why do you wish to be a club?
How will you sustain this club? Do you see a long-term interest with this group?
What do you hope the benefit of being a club will be?
What are you looking to achieve with this club?
Describe to us events and ideas you have for this club.

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Meet with the Clubs & Organizations Staff

If your club is approved, you’ll be required to meet with the Club Administration Team to discuss club policy and procedure before any activity can occur. You’ll also be setup with a club profile, and have access to club privileges. From there your club will learn about how to be a club, what is required, and will be asked to setup a constitution (Samples and information will be made available). If your club is NOT approved there is an appeal process if interested – email about this. Your treasurer will also need to meet with the finance staff as well; all will be discussed in your initial meeting. If approved for Campus Life Recognition, during the initial meeting with a Club Administration Team member. Advisor contact information must be provided so staff can contact advisors regarding their agreement and intent to perform the functions of a club advisor.


Get Started

Congratulations on becoming a Campus Life Recognized club! After you’ve met all the requirements above, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about processes and policies by our weekly newsletter, going to All-Clubs meetings, and getting to know all the amenities available as a club!

Student groups who do not have a minimum of 10 members, club officers or advisors may not apply for Pre-Recognition status. Groups who have been previously denied Recognition are not eligible to apply for Pre-Recognition status within one calendar year. Pre-recognized groups are entitled to 3 months from the application date to present to the CRB, during which time they may enhance recruitment efforts.

**Fraternities & Sororities do not follow this process. To start a new fraternity or sorority on campus, please fill out an Expansion application.**

Denials Based Upon:

  • Local, State, Federal Law/RIT Policy conflicts
  • Redundancy with existing organizations (active or inactive)
  • Limiting membership in any discriminatory fashion
  • Lack of information to clearly define purpose
  • Idea is in conflict with the spirit and direction RIT is going
  • Contribution to RIT community
  • No long term sustainability of organization (turnover, events, causes)
  • The ability for idea and mission of prospective organization to function without becoming Campus Life Recognized or Affiliated