About Student Organizations

Purpose of Student Organizations

"The University promotes personal and spiritual development through group activities particularly faith households. It opposes those social groupings that impede personal or spiritual development." Franciscan University Mission III.B.4. Franciscan University fosters and supports a diverse network of over 100 student organizations and departmental outreaches. These organizations and outreaches fulfill the following three goals:

  1. Student organizations provide unique opportunities for students to develop friendships and to experience community life, thereby encouraging and fostering students' personal, social, and spiritual development. "The University desires all its programs to be guided by the law of love, which builds true community among its members, respects the honor and dignity of each individual, and reaches out in merciful love to the deprived." Franciscan University Mission III.B.1
  2. 2. The University is committed to giving "special emphasis to the development of leaders for Christ and the Church through teaching programs and experiential learning situations." Franciscan University Mission I.D.7 Student organizations provide development opportunities for student leaders who will engage society through humble service and evangelization.
  3. 3. John Paul II taught in Christifidelis Laici that Christians have a "duty to participate in public life, albeit in a diversity and complementarity of forms, levels, tasks, and responsibilities." (#42) The variety of student organizations and outreaches anticipates the different social, administrative, political, and cultural areas that students are called to influence in public life after they leave the University.

Rights and Responsibilities

"No club or organization has a right to exist or function on campus unless it has the explicit written permission of the vice president for Academic Affairs or the vice president of Student Life of the University and any approved organization may have its approval immediately withdrawn upon evidence that it has violated these standards as specified in the Student Handbook."Franciscan University Mission III.B.4.

Student organizations that have received official University approval to operate on campus may reserve rooms, sponsor events, fund-raise, advertise, recruit new members, and present themselves as a student organization to the University community and to the public. Groups of students that have not received official University approval do not have these privileges and are not permitted to advertise, recruit, present themselves as a student group or organization to the University community or to the public, or otherwise operate as a student organization.

All fund-raising must comply with the Policy for Campus Fundraising, Soliciting, Vending and Student Businesses. Advertising must comply with the Sign and Advertisement Policy. Events and speakers must comply with the Student Events Policy and the Speakers Policy.

Initiation and Induction

All initiation practices must conform to the Mission of the University and the Code of Student Conduct. Ceremonies and processes should promote Christian maturity and good stewardship by showing respect for the dignity and the human person and care for University property. Practices that do not meet this criterion are prohibited. Such practices include, but are not limited to, “kidnapping”, theft of or damage to property, sleep deprivation, and other dangerous or humiliating acts. Such actions are subject to disciplinary action. (See also “Hazing” in the Code of Student Conduct)

In support of the priority of academics at Franciscan University, household induction ceremonies and Greek initiation ceremonies are not to be conducted during the week prior to and the week of final exams. This policy applies to both semesters of the academic year and to all class ranks.

Student Officers and Coordinators

Officers of officially recognized academic and Student Life organizations, Student Government senators, and household coordinators must maintain a minimum cumulative quality point average (QPA) of 2.0. Candidates for elected positions must have a 2.0 cumulative QPA in order to run for office. If the cumulative QPA of an officer or senator falls below 2.0 while serving in office, he/she must resign his/her position for the subsequent semester.

Presidents of officially recognized academic and Student Life organizations are ineligible to serve as senators of the Franciscan University Student Government.

Categories of Student Organizations

Student organizations and activities at Franciscan University fall into one of four categories:


Households are faith-centered, voluntary student organizations that are officially recognized by the Student Life Office. Households must meet the requirements listed in the document General Household Vision, Recommendations, and Requirements in order to function as a recognized organization. Household may seek funding from Excite or Student Government for particular events, but households may not apply for recognition from Student Government.

Academic Organizations

These organizations are sponsored by an academic department to deepen students’ understanding of academic coursework and to apply academic knowledge and skills through outside-of-class activities, events, and outreaches. A faculty member from the sponsoring department serves as the advisor, and members are normally students in that department. Academic student organizations are approved each semester by the assistant dean for advising and evening division.

Academic student organizations are required to operate under a written constitution that outlines the purpose of the organization and its consistency with the mission of the University. Academic organizations are not required to have student officers; however, if an academic organization does have officers, the Policy on Student Officers applies. These organizations may choose, but are not required, to seek recognition and funding from Student Government.

See a complete list of all academic organizations.

Student Life Organizations

These organizations must be organized by students and sustained by their voluntary activity and initiative. Student Life organizations may form for any reason consistent with and supportive of the University’s mission, but they may not fulfill a function or duty that is considered a responsibility or extension of any administrative body of the University.

Student life organizations are required to operate under a written constitution that outlines the purpose of the organization and its consistency with the mission of the University. These organizations must have an advisor chosen from the faculty or staff of the University, and must have official officers. These organizations may choose, but are not required, to seek recognition and funding from Student Government.

Students may apply for student life organizational status with the vice president of Student Life. No student life organization may operate without written approval from the vice president of Student Life.

See a complete list of all student life organizations.

Departmental Outreaches and Activities

Certain outreaches, activities and projects are conducted primarily by students under the direction, supervision, and funding of a University department. These include Excite—the Office of Student Activities, the Troubadour (student newspaper), Works of Mercy, Missions of Peace, Grad/Non-Trad Outreach, varsity and club athletic teams, residence hall councils, and various Chapel Ministries. Student leaders of these outreaches and activities are subject to departmental policy rather than the Policy on Student Officers and Coordinators.

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