Student clubs are recognized through the Center for Student Involvement and supported and funded through the undergraduate Club Council. Clubs at American University are student-led groups that provide programming for the benefit of currently enrolled students. Formally recognized organizations are eligible to receive student activity fee funds allocated through the Club Council.
AU Club Council
The AU Club Council (AUCC) is a recognized, chartered student governance organization directly funded from the undergraduate student activity fee to provide funding allocation for events and programming initiatives hosted by recognized undergraduate student clubs. The AUCC is dedicated to building stronger clubs at American University and supporting them with all the resources and expertise at our disposal. The AU Club Council provides funding to all recognized clubs on campus and helps clubs leaders grow. Visit the AUCC website for more information about the Club Council.
To become a formally recognized undergraduate club, all student organizations must:
- Comply with all applicable American University policies as identified in the Code of Conduct and within the Center for Student Involvement
- Distinct mission: Demonstrate non-duplication of a mission or purpose of previously recognized AU student organization.
- Mission driven, not event driven: Mission driven organizations aim to serve a community need, assist in community improvement and/or increase campus life involvement. Mission driven clubs are built around a topic and uses their mission statement to clearly define that need as well as its path to a solution.
- Clear goals and objectives: All eligible student organization must articulate objectives and goals, which include:
- Stated club goals, proposed projects
- Identify a leadership structure that includes roles and responsibilities
- A clear indication that all programming initiatives are student run and student led,
- All programming initiatives are AU student focused
- Adherence to the AU non-discrimination policy: American University student organizations shall not discriminate in membership based on true or perceived race, color, culture, religion, faith, national origin, age or student status, class, caste, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, citizenship, personal appearance, marital status, veteran status, student status, family responsibility, political affiliation or source of income, or any other basis under international, federal, or local law.
- Good stewards of AU resources: Demonstrated need for recognition based on benefits provided to student organizations by the Center for Student Involvement. Ensure attendance at all required CSI resource training sessions and leadership development for executive board leaders.
- Submit a complete roster of officers and members. (Each club must have a minimum of eight (8) members, with four (4) of those members consisting of a president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary). Executive board members must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA and be in good disciplinary standing to be eligible.
- Identify a faculty or staff club advisor: Any full-time member of the faculty, staff or administration is eligible to serve as the recognized advisor to the organization.
- Submit a club constitution.
The New Club Registration process for Spring 2022 will be Jan 31st, 2022- Feb 18th, 2022.
Please view the information below for requirements to participate in registration. Please be advised there are two different process for undergraduate and graduate organizations. If you are a graduate student looking to start a club please visit this article for your process. This information is specifically for undergraduate organizations under the AU Club Council.
The new club registration process is developed to ensure accountability and transparency in all Center for Student Involvement recognized clubs, and to provide the university community an accurate listing of active student organizations for the academic year. Recognition does not mean the university supports or adheres to the views held or the positions taken by recognized student organizations.
The organization and its officers are responsible for all programs, actions, or commitments made on behalf of their organization, including their debts. AU is not liable for debts incurred by the student organization. Responsibility for any action which violates federal, state, local laws and ordinances or university policies is assumed by the individual group’s officers and members.
Clubs approved through the registration process are granted recognition status for the following semester. Ex. Clubs approved in Spring 2022, will be granted recognized club status for Fall 2022.
View the new club registration process here.
Annual Renewal for 2021-2022 is currently closed. Information about renewal for 2022-2023 will be communicated at the end of the academic year.
What is Annual Renewal?
Annual renewal is CSI's renewal process for all recognized clubs and organizations. When you renew your club, your club remains active for another year. If you do not renew, your club will be frozen for the school year.
Annual Renewal is in 3 phases: Re-Register, Rebuild, and Renew