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Student Organization Membership Guidelines

Student Organization membership enhances the collegiate experience.  Members can be developed as leaders and help the organization it’s relationship to the university’s mission and goals.  Student organizations are encouraged to involve a diverse group of individuals within the organization to provide opportunities for growth and understanding.

Membership Requirements

The majority of the members of a student organization must be currently enrolled undergraduate day school students at Drury University (Springfield campus).  Other members of the community and public are welcome to participate in student organizations providing they do not outnumber enrolled Drury University students.

Any part-time student, graduate student, professional student, faculty member, or administrator may be an associate or honorary member of any undergraduate student organization, and may not hold office or vote.

An individual who does not have status as a Drury University student or drops below full-time status will automatically have his/her eligibility to hold office suspended, but is not immediately removed if he/she is engaged in formal University appeal procedures to regain student status. Students who regain student status may resume their leadership role in the student organization. Positions occupied by individuals who are not engaged in formal procedures to regain student status will be removed from the officer position. The organization must then fill this vacancy in order to maintain their active registration status.

Graduate students may only be regular members, hold office, or vote in graduate student organizations.

Open & Selective Membership

Student Organizations are allowed to select open membership or selective membership as a distinction of their organization.

Open membership organizations allow any interested student to participate in and become a member of the organization by attending meetings and events.

Selective membership organizations require interested students to meet specific requirements to become members of the organization.  The process to join and membership requirements must be equal for all students and approved by the leadership team.

The process to join and membership requirements must be effectively communicated to all interested students and listed in all of the organizations media and marketing. 

Membership Inclusion

Student organizations may not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, veteran status and/or ability status. Under Title IX of the U.S. Education Act Amendment of 1972, certain exceptions may be granted for groups such as intercollegiate and intramural athletics and social fraternities or sororities.

If your organization does not adhere to inclusion policies and guidelines, the organization will be asked to submit evidence that action has been or is being taken to remove restrictive membership provisions.

Continued restriction of membership by constitutional requirements or other binding enactments contrary to university policy will result in the withdrawal of university registration of the organization.

Faculty and Staff Participation

To promote their objectives, student organizations are encouraged to involve faculty and staff as advisors, consultants, or associate/honorary members (this is in addition to the one required campus advisor). Establishing and maintaining close and open relationships with faculty and staff can help provide stability and consistency in a student organization. It is expected that the role of campus advisors should be limited to the offering of advice, counsel, training, and assistance that is welcomed by the student group.