University Standards for Organizing Student Organizations

The purpose of the proposed organization must be compatible with the educational goals of the University.

1. Student Organizations are required to acknowledge that it is the policy of Henderson State University:
a. To prohibit discrimination on the basis of age, disability, ethnic origin, color, creed, national origin, veteran status, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation or any other grounds prohibited by federal or state law or university policy.
b. To promote equal opportunity for all students as valued members of the university community and to support affirmative steps to accomplish that objective
2. No student may be excluded from membership or leadership in a registered student organization on the basis of his or her age, disability, ethnic origin, color, creed, national origin, veteran status, marital status, race, religion, gender (unless exempt under Title IX), or sexual orientation, or any other grounds prohibited by federal or state law or university policy.
a. This policy will be administered in a manner consistent with state and federal law and the First Amendment rights of student organizations.
i. Registered student organizations must be open to all students as members and must permit all members in good standing to seek leadership post.
ii. Certain groups, such as social fraternities and sororities, governing organizations in single-sex residence halls, and other organizations specifically exempted from Title IX of The Education Amendments of 1972, are permitted to exclude men or women.
iii. An organization may express in its constitution ideals or preferences regarding beliefs its leaders might hold. However, no student may be precluded from being on a ballot or participating in a selection process on the basis of any of the characteristics referred to in the university’s Non-Discrimination Policy.
iv. An organization may require candidates for leadership positions or offices to fulfill certain prerequisites prior to election or selection, and may restrict leadership roles and voting to those members with demonstrated prior affiliation with the organization. Such procedures, including all prerequisites, restrictions, and nomination requirements, must be consistent with Henderson’s policies, including the university’s Non-Discrimination Policy, and must be stated in detail in the organization’s constitution.
b. All university funded events of any registered student organization must be open to all students regardless of his or her age, disability, ethnic origin, color, creed, national origin, veteran status, marital status, race, religion, gender (unless exempt under Title IX), or sexual orientation, or any other grounds prohibited by federal or state law or university policy. This includes events funded through university departments or student activity fees including.
c. Failure to adhere to this policy may result in disciplinary action and may lead to suspension or termination of the organization’s recognition by the university and/or loss of university privileges.
3. University Sponsored student groups
University policies prohibiting discrimination also apply to university-sponsored groups such as choral groups, bands, and spirit squads.
4. Communication of the Policy
a. The Non-Discrimination Policy for Student Organizations or groups shall be published annually in the Student Guide and well as other publications pertaining to student organizations.
b. All official University publications shall carry the statement that “Henderson State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.”
5. Implementation
a. Each student organization or group is responsible for taking appropriate steps to comply with the Non-Discrimination Policy for Student Organizations. Organizations that desire to affiliate with the university, use the university name or facilities, or receive support and assistance from the university staff or faculty shall register and sign an acknowledgement of the Non-Discrimination Policy for Student Organizations. Signed acknowledgement requirements will being in the spring semester of 2014.
An individual having a complaint, grievance, or questions concerning selection, conditions of membership or treatment by an organization or groups shall take the matter to the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students shall review the matter and forward a recommendation for appropriate action to the Vice-President for Student and External Affairs.
Paragraph 3. Control of the activities of the proposed organization must rest in the campus group, rather than in an organization outside the University.
Paragraph 4. Students wishing to organize a group must submit a list of at least ten (10) students who plan to be charter members to the Associate Dean of Students. Each of the proposed charter members must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.6 and must have successfully completed twelve (12) hours at the University..
Paragraph 5. The name of a member of the full-time faculty or administrative staff of the University must be submitted as a proposed advisor. The names of additional members of the staff may be submitted to the Division of Student and External Affairs