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On-campus clubs and organizations focus on everything from academic interests to fun hobbies. For example, they include the psychology and Forensics clubs, music and art groups, and even our nationally recognized Writers' Forum. We have an active student government, too and a yearbook, The Lamp and Shield.
Six honor and professional organizations at St. Andrews recognize the efforts of students to obtain academic excellence.
Guidelines for Chartering an Organization
All Charters are granted by the Student Affairs Committee. A charter is the College’s official recognition of an organization and entitles the organization to apply for funds from the Senate Budget Committee and from other College sources. It also entitles the club to be listed in college publications and to be included in events that give recognition to clubs and organizations. Applications for charters as well as a Constitution/By-law Creation Guide and a Senate Budget Request are available in the Office of Student Affairs from the Assistant Dean of Students, Jenn Bruner.
In the Spring of each year there will be issued a call for charters for the next academic year. The Assistant Dean of Students is the college administrator who has oversight of the process. The Assistant Dean of Students and the Chair of the Student Affairs Committee set the deadline for these applications in order to ensure that charters can
be reviewed in a timely manner. The Assistant Dean of Students reviews applications and makes a recommendation to the Student Affairs Committee. A club or organization wishing to be recognized by the College must submit the application, constitution, and by-laws to the Assistant Dean of Students who will help review the application in preparation for presentation to the Student Affairs Committee. Once approved by the Student Affairs Committee a club will remain chartered for the full academic year until it is either deemed inactive or in violation of its constitution and by-laws.
Clubs are deemed inactive based upon many different factors including but not limited to membership enrollment, programming activity and financial spending. New clubs may be chartered mid-year, but funding may not be available. In order to ensure the diversity of Student Activities, the Student Affairs Committee does not grant charters to clubs or organizations whose functions would overlap with those of an already existing campus organization or academic program.
Advisors to student organizations are selected from the faculty or staff of St. Andrews by the members of the organization and can be subject to the review of the Dean of the College and the Dean of Students. Advisors to student clubs serve in a capacity designed by the club or organization. Advisors serve as official liaisons to the
college administration and faculty.
The Treasurer of the Student Government Association (SGA) is solely responsible for all funds of the SGA. No requisitions for funds of the SGA will be accepted by the Business Office without authorization of the Treasurer and Cabinet. The Treasurer receives proposed budgets from chartered organizations and clubs, submitted no less
than six weeks prior to the end of the academic year, then formulates the budget. Final action to the proposed budget by the Senate will be taken within one month of the beginning of the Fall semester. It is the organizations’ responsibility to keep detailed financial records and can be subject to audit by the SGA.
All forms requesting funds must be given to the Assistant Dean of Students for submission to either the Dean of Students or Vice President for Administration for approval, before they are given to the Business Office. Clubs funds may not be used for any other purpose outside of club activities. Examples of inappropriate use of funds include, but are not limited to: academic department purchases, activity expenses outside of club activities, programs not open to all club members, monetary compensation for works performed by members, etc. Student groups may not open bank accounts using college or student funds. All student and college funds must be handled through the St. Andrews Business Office. In order to access club funds the club officers must attend training sessions mandated by OSA that may address hazing, financial record keeping, charter compliance, and other issues brought up by club Officers.