Community Standards for Organizations
Student groups and organizations may be charged with violating the Code of Community Standards. A student group or organization and its officers may be held collectively and/or individually responsible when violations occur. Organizations should refer to the "Code of Community Standards for Organizations" for more information. Sanctions for group or organization misconduct may include revocation or denial of registration or recognition, in addition to all appropriate sanctions provided herein. Student groups and organizations have the same rights and may appeal sanctions as described in this code for individuals. For more information, please refer to specific policies and constitutions governing student organizations and fraternity and sorority affairs.
Guidelines Concerning Unrecognized Organizations
- Recognition of Student Groups and Organizations
- Students interested in creating a club or organization may petition the Office of Student Leadership and Activities.
- Students interested in forming a chapter of a fraternity or sorority may petition the Office of Student Leadership and Activities.
- Students interested in affiliating with an academic department (i.e., Golden Key) may petition that particular department.
- Authorization to function as a student group is determined by a Registration Committee, composed of student representatives and SGA leadership, as well as staff representatives from the offices of Student Leadership and Activities, Multicultural & International Student Programs, Events Management and Recreation and Intramural Sports.
- Unrecognized Groups
Actions that will result in being charged as an unrecognized group include, but are not limited to:
- Wearing or displaying the insignia, name or crest of the unrecognized organization.
- Affiliating the group with Hofstra University or using Hofstra's name or brand without Hofstra's written permission either in literature, on the Internet, or with an outside source (i.e., restaurant, catering establishment, etc.).
- In-taking new members, initiating, receiving or recruiting new members into the unrecognized group.
- Utilizing University services in the name of an individual or group for use by the unrecognized group.
All groups that fail to gain recognition are unable to gain access to any University facilities and services in the name of the group. This extends to participation in intramural and recreational programs under the name of the unrecognized group or under a pseudonym where 50 percent of the individuals are members of an unrecognized group. In this case, the director of recreation and intramural sports shall disband the team and disqualify it from further competition.
Copies of the "Code of Community Standards for Organizations" can be obtained in the Office of Community Standards.