The University recognizes that learning is also accomplished beyond the formality of the classroom in organized academic activities and that much of this learning takes place through the activities of student organizations. Hence, the University encourages students to organize and participate in group activities intended to broaden the scope of general learning, extend knowledge of specialized areas or to serve their professional, cultural, social or recreational interests, consistent with the educational goals and purposes of the University.
Student groups and/or organizations at UMKC are subject to the rules and regulations of the University set forth by the Board of Curators. The following guidelines have been established within which the Student Involvement Office, by direction of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, will approve for recognition and periodically review all student organizations:
Recognition for student organizations requires that:
- Members must be currently enrolled students of the University or current University employees. Elected officers must be current students in good standing (this can be verified through the Student Involvement Office).
- The organization demonstrates evidence of support within the University community by submitting a petition signed by ten (10) or more students.
- The organization presents a statement of purpose that is consistent with the philosophy of the University (as stated in the official UMKC catalog).
- The organization must keep an updated officer listing with current students, addresses and phone numbers on file with the Student Involvement Office each semester (changes or no changes).
- The organization must keep an updated constitution on file with the Student Involvement Office.
- The organization must have an on campus advisor.
- The membership requirements of the organization are not to be discriminatory on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability or Vietnam era veterans' status
- The organization and its members abide by Federal, State and local laws and ordinances, by all University policies and procedures, and by the organization's constitution and bylaws.