General Student Organization Policies

  1. All student organizations are subject to Hamilton’s policies, including but not limited to the SGOT Accountability Policy, Harassment/Discrimination and Anti-Hazing policies.
  2. All recognized student organizations must renew annually with the Office of the Student Activities and have updated constitutions that are not in violation of federal, state, or local laws, or Hamilton College policy.
  3. All recognized student organizations must update their membership roster upon renewal.
  4. Student organizations, with the exception of private societies, are financed, in whole or in part, by the Student Activities Fee.
  5. The Funding Committee of the Student Assembly (SA) administers funding to recognized student organizations by allocating the Student Activities Fee. The Student Activities fee is collected as part of tuition for the general student body, Hamilton College maintains oversight of expenditures and allocations. Student activities funds may not be used for direct political action or for disbursement to any organization that is not an officially recognized Hamilton organization.
  6. Student organizations may not purchase alcohol with allocated funds unless provided by a 3rd party vendor and approved by the Director of Student Activities.
  7. The Dean of Students or appropriate designee may suspend or revoke any organization's registration, affiliated members, advisors and/or coaches at any time, in their sole discretion, for any abuse or violation of College Policies or processes outlined for Student Organizations in the Student Organization Manual, or any reasonable cause deemed to be in the best interest of the organization or Hamilton College.
  8. Hamilton College assumes that individual students are responsible and accountable for their own behavior, and that groups of students and student organizations are responsible for their collective behavior. Failure to comply with Hamilton College policy may result in disciplinary action against an individual or group. Serious violations of the policy may result in a suspension or removal of the organization; and repeated infractions may lead to additional penalties.
  9. Recognized student organizations have the right to use the College name, reserve and use campus facilities, and apply for funding. A complete listing of registered student organization rights can be found on the Student Activities website.

*Portions of this policy were adapted from Dartmouth College

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