Clubs Handbook

Everything that you need to know to organize and run your club.

Handbook Introduction

Welcome from the Clubs & Activities Coordinator

I am excited about your interest in student clubs. I believe that involvement in clubs is a great way to get connected to the campus, develop leadership skills, meet people and have fun. As a club member you will find yourself being connected to campus in ways you might not expect. You will have many opportunities to put to use the skills you are learning in class every day, and to me that is what education should be about, real life. Many of the relationships that you build throughout your college experience will last a life time, and being a club member will allow you to make those connections and start to build those relationships.

Participating in a club at Humboldt State University provides a tremendous opportunity to hone leadership skills, connect with individuals whose scholarly interests relate to your own and to develop relations with staff and faculty who can serve as mentors during your academic and personal journey at the University.

Students who are involved with clubs feel more connected to the campus, and are more likely to report higher levels of satisfaction with their college experience. Being involved encourages your development on all levels: intellectual, cultural, spiritual and social. You will gain knowledge, skills, and experience in leadership, communication, problem-solving, group development and management, budgeting and finance, presentation and public speaking, and much more.

I look forward to working with each of you and encourage you to come by and introduce yourselves. I am here to help make your experience at Humboldt State the best it can be.

Sincerely,

Jerri Jones, Clubs & Activities Coordinator

Introduction

This handbook has been compiled as a resource for conveying the policies and procedures that govern how club members may request assistance in accomplishing club goals. The University is dedicated to supporting student engagement that enhances learning in a safe and respectful environment while allowing for flexibility, diversity and creativity in the types of student events and activities that flourish in our campus community.

Building Community

Your campus experience will be enriched by your acceptance and celebration of diversity on this campus. It is the goal of the Clubs Office to provide a mutual respectful environment, free from discrimination and un-acceptance, where students, staff, and faculty can build and sustain an environment that is free from intimidation, harassment, disruption or violence aimed at limiting freedoms, or interfering with a student, faculty, or staff member’s performance.

Membership

The Clubs Office encourages student organizations to make a conscious effort to undertake recruitment efforts to ensure diversity with the group’s membership and to take steps to reach populations currently underrepresented. Recruitment materials and activities should be designed to promote and embrace diversity. All members will be required to register with the clubs office in order to access resources.

Membership Development

Groups should carefully examine their screening criteria to ensure that it is inclusive of all students on campus. Abusive behavior toward, or hazing of a member of the campus community is forbidden.

Categories of Student Organizations

Associated Students Programs

Such as: Eric Rofes Queer Resource Center, Campus Center for Appropriate Technology, Campus Recycling Program, MultiCultural Center, Women’s Resource Center, and Youth Educational Services.

Academic

Foster the application of a particular academic field or discipline.

Cultural

Foster cultural diversity and support for their members and the campus community.

Environmental

Foster the discussion and support of environmental issues and concerns.

Honor Society

To recognize academic accomplishments and/or leadership contributions, and/or co-curricular achievement among HSU students or to promote programs encouraging academic success.

Greek letter

Greek letter social organizations, including both general and culturally based organizations, create smaller communities within the larger University environment for the purposes of facilitating growth in the areas of scholarship, personal and leadership development, campus involvement and community service.

Religious

Serve as a support for students of a particular religious persuasion or denomination.

Special interest

Theses organization’s focus may include: Service and Support, Recreational Activities, Leadership Development and Political.

Sport

The HSU Sport Club Program consists of competitive collegiate club teams.