Student Leadership Programs (SLP) encourages students to establish student organizations that meet an unmet need. Student organizations must design and implement programs, events, and activities which support and enrich the goals of CSU Channel Islands' educational mission. Involvement in student organizations presents students with the opportunity to broaden their learning, obtain leadership and interpersonal skills, and develop a commitment to service. Student participation in student organizations attracts new students to our campus and integrates them into our CI culture and traditions. Student organizations strengthen campus-community relations, improve inter-institutional communications, and facilitate students' acquisition of skills.
Student organizations are expected to abide by the polices, rules and regulations listed on the Policies and Guidelines page. Sports clubs should visit Campus Recreation's web page to access information and resources to address their needs.
If you see a need for a new student organization on campus, why not start it yourself?
What is Needed to Start a Student Organization?
- Five students willing to participate in your student organization
- One advisor (must be CI faculty, staff or administrator)
- A ratified constitution (see the Developing a Constitution page for additional information)
- An eligible president, vice president, and treasurer (see the Officer and Member Information page for additional information)
What are the Types of Student Organizations?
Two Options for Starting a Student Organization
Exploration of Interest Status
If student organizations do not have the items necessary to start a registered student organization but do have five interested students, the group can apply for Exploration of Interest Status. Exploration of Interest Status allows the group to secure meeting space and advertise their group on campus (only). This will facilitate the process for them to recruit members, an advisor and receive assistance with completing the registered process.
- In order to Exploration of Interest Status, students must submit a Request for Exploration of Interest Form (located in CISync)
- Access CISync
- Enter your University login credentials
- Locate Student Leadership on the left side of the screen
- Click on the forms icon
- Locate and submit the Exploration of Interest Form (five members required)
Starting a Registered Student Organization for 2015-2016
New organization applications are due by the third Friday of each semester. Student organizations that do not meet this deadline may opt to pursue the Exploration of Interest Status.
STEP 1: Complete the CISync Registration Form
Please note: In order to complete this form, you will need the name, student ID number, and MyCI email address of all officers and the name and CI email address of advisor(s) of the student organization and a ratified constitution.
- Access CISync
- Enter your University login credentials
- Click "Organizations" on the top tool bar
- Click "Add Organization"
- Click "Register New Organization"
- Click to select the umbrella "Student Leadership Programs" for non-sports clubs, select the umbrella "Campus Recreation" for sports clubs (including dance clubs)
- Click "Submit Query"
- Complete all required fields on each page of the form
STEP 2: The president must complete the President Agreement
STEP 3: The advisor(s) must complete the Advisor Agreement
- When the president's or advisor's information is submitted on the CISync Registration Form, the president and advisor will receive an email with a link to the “President Agreement Form” or the "Advisor Agreement Form" within CI Sync to complete.
STEP 4: Presidents must visit the SEAL Center in person to sign the 'Non-Discrimination Statement' for the student organization.
STEP 5: All officers must complete the online Student Organization Integrity Workshop, and complete the related quiz within CI Sync (link to quiz is at end of workshop).
- An officer, president or advisor may not be active until Student Leadership Programs has verified his/her eligibility and he/she has completed this workshop.
- The orientation must be submitted by the third Friday of the fall semester or no later than 10 business days after the officer assumes their position (in the event of an officer change).
Please note: The following are the minimum eligibility requirements to be an officer of a student organization at CSU Channel Islands:
- Must be enrolled in no less than six units at CSU Channel Islands (undergraduates)
- Must be enrolled in no less than three units at CSU Channel Islands (graduate and credential)
- Have a cumulative, CI and semester GPA of at least 2.5 (undergraduates)
- Have a cumulative, CI and semester GPA of at least 3.0 (graduate and credential)
- Be in good academic and behavioral standing (not on academic or disciplinary probation)
- Be free of any holds on University records.
STEP 6: All President's, Vice Presidents, and Treasurers must attend the mandatory in-person Student Organization Officer Orientation.
- Orientations will be held:
- Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Friday, September 11, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Friday, September 11, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Registration is due by September 1, 2015 to http://tinyurl.com/CISOOrientationReg. Reminders will be sent two weeks prior to your scheduled orientation date.
STEP 7: Advisors must complete an Advisor Orientation
- NEW Advisors must attend an in-person orientation. Date and time TBD and will be arranged by the Director of Student Engagement.
- RETURNING Advisors must complete/review an online orientation and submit their orientation acknowledgement within the 2015-2016 Advisor Agreement form (it will be a page in the form).
- Advisor orientations must be completed by the 3rd week of the Fall semester, September 11, 2015.
STEP 8: At least five members must be added to your student organization's portal.
- Log in to CI Sync, and access your student organization's portal from the 'My Memberships' tab at the top right of the page.
- Click on "People" on your organization’s left hand toolbar
- Click "Invite People"
- Complete the invitation process by either emailing the link to your organization to your group members or entering your group members email addresses on the form (don't forget to click "Submit").
Priority registration is due by June 30, 2015. Those who complete steps 1-5 (and register for step 6) by the priority deadline will be able to submit priority fall 2015 meeting space requests, and have their request processed first.