Chartering Process

New Groups

Chartered organizations within the Wake Forest Community are those which have been officially recognized by the Student Life Committee. Recognition is granted on the basis of a prospective organization’s purposes and perceived ability to serve the interests of the academic community in a manner consistent with the University’s educational purposes, as practiced in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In addition, the prospective organization’s recognition is contingent upon its ability to fulfill a unique role in campus co-curricular life. Continuation of recognition is dependent upon fulfilling and sustaining organizational and University purposes, in compliance with University policies. Further, recognition does not imply that the University endorses the practices, viewpoints or activities of an organization, nor does the University assume legal responsibility for the actions of such organizations or their members which are in violation of University policies.

Looking to start a group?

Do you have…

  1. Membership? A good starting membership is between 10 and 15 undergraduates.
  2. An advisor? It can be a faculty or staff member, or someone outside of the University.
  3. Leadership? A good Executive Board will consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
  4. A constitution?
  5. A set of by-laws?

If you meet all of the criteria above, you are ready to submit your materials to Kathy Arnett ( in the Student Engagement Office.

Submit your Constitution and By-Laws to the Student Engagement Office, who will review your governing documents and work with your group on any small edits that need to be made such as grammatical errors or layout issues.  Once deemed acceptable, you will submit a charter application on the Student Organizations Council page on The Link.  Upon reception of your application, a member of SOC will contact you with information going forward.  Please be prepared to give a brief presentation (no longer than five minutes) to SOC.  This presentation should cover the general basics of your group: leadership structure, presence on campus, benefits of receiving a charter, and future aspirations.

Please contact the Student Government co-chairs of this committee, Dave Myatt ( or Rory Britt ( if you have any questions.