Dissolving Student Organizations

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Dissolving Student Organizations

Posted by Sarah Comstock on Sep 24, 2018 12:26 pm

Good morning.  Does anyone have any good policy/procedure that they follow to dissolve recognized student organizations?  Thanks.

Sarah Comstock
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Re: Dissolving Student Organizations

Posted by Jessi Eaton on Sep 24, 2018 2:49 pm

Dissolve them forcibly, or the organization wishes to dissolve?

Re: Dissolving Student Organizations

Posted by Sarah Comstock on Sep 25, 2018 11:24 am

Good question.  Both please.

Thanks, 
Sarah

Re: Dissolving Student Organizations

Posted by William Harcleroad on Sep 25, 2018 8:01 pm

The dissolution wording in our student government constitution is as such:
The senate has responsibility to "Revoke the Constitution of any organization for the purpose of dissolving said organization. In the event that the Senate wishes to revoke a Constitution and thereby dissolve said organization, the Senate must: (i) State its reasons for doing so. (ii) Publicly announce the Student Association Senate meeting time and place at which the dissolution of said organization will be considered. At this time said organization will have the opportunity to provide a defense. (iii) The question to revoke must be approved by a two-thirds majority roll call vote of the entire Student Association Senate."

Our unofficial policy is to begin the dissolution process after 2 years of inactivity. Only once in my, long, career has the SA ever disbanded an organization due to conduct and that followed recommendations of the judicial branch.

Re: Dissolving Student Organizations

Posted by Gregory Wilkins on Sep 26, 2018 9:08 am

At MN State Mankato, recognition is an annual process and students must reapply each year. If application does not occur, the organization is not recognized. Student Activities maintains their constitution should it re-emerge in the coming years. If a group is recognized and needs to be dissolved for activity that breaks student conduct codes, it goes to Student Government for a hearing and vote among their peers. For fraternities and sororities, dissolving a campus chapter is different as we work with national headquarters, Fraternity and Sorority Life leadership, as well as the Dean of Students who is also the University's representative for student conduct.

Re: Dissolving Student Organizations

Posted by Steve Chaplin on Sep 27, 2018 1:41 pm

We had a piece in the Sept-Oct ACUI Bulletin on deregistering orgs:https://www.acui.org/resources/bulletin/bulletin-detail/2018/09/27/how-to-deregister-student-organizations
And this story appearing in Inside Higher Ed on Sept. 25: https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/conversations-diversity/should-colleges-de-register-student-groups-part-i-iii
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