Campus Engagement believes that an incredibly valuable aspect of Drexel University’s education happens outside of the classroom. Participation in student organizations is where leadership is developed, community engagement occurs, and intellectual, religious, and social interests are met. These opportunities enrich and enhance your Drexel experience, while the interpersonal and organizational skills you exercise will prove invaluable in your co-op and when you graduate.
Through Campus Engagement and DragonLink, our online student organization directory, get connected to student organizations that interest you. And if you cannot find a group that meets your needs, then we will help you start a new one. Visit DragonLink to get started.
Student Organization Recognition
Requirements to be a Student Organization
Campus Engagement defines a student organization as "a group of students whose open membership is centered on a unique mission and purpose that brings value to life at Drexel University and creates an opportunity for learning, student governance and leadership."
Each organization must have at least four individuals to hold the four required positions. These positions are: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Event Coordinator. Each of these positions must be held by a different person. Each organization must also have a faculty/staff advisor. This position must be filled by a full time faculty or professional staff member of Drexel.
Additionally, student organizations must be:
- Completely student run, governed, and organized
- Have opportunities, at both the executive and general member levels, for leadership growth and development
- Have membership open to all students unless granted an exemption
- Must not serve solely as a mechanism to advance a University department or academic program
- Must not serve solely as a mechanism to advance a student's academic status or grade
- Must not be started by or operated by a faculty or staff member
Student organizations must be recognized and approved annually by the University and all officers must complete the annual Student Organization Recognition Requirements. The requirements for the 2018-2019 year are outlined below. Updates and more information can be found on the BOLD DragonLink page.
Re-recognition cycles and requirements
The following are the required pieces of the re-recognition process. The re-recognition cycle opens June 3, 2018 and ends October 15, 2018. Organizations must transition on the Fiscal Year cycle (July-June). Officers should be elected throughout the spring quarter and outgoing officers should work to facilitate a smooth transition with their new incoming officers. Once officers are elected, they need to complete the re-recognition requirements below.
Requirement 1: Updated DragonLink Rosters
- Update your rosters to reflect the four required positions: President (also primary contact), Vice President, Treasurer, and Event Coordinator for the 2018-2019 year. Each of these positions must be held by a different person. Each organization must also have a faculty/staff advisor. This position must be filled by a full time faculty or professional staff member of Drexel and should be listed in the advisor position on your organization's DragonLink page. In order for your organization to be high functioning, program high quality events, and give officers a full leadership experience we expect that your officers are in their position for a full year. If you currently transition every six months, please take this next year to rethink your officer terms and transitions. Campus Engagement is happy to meet with you to work through switching to full year positions. Please contact your CE Contact to do so.
Requirement 2: Attend a BOLD Conference
Requirement 3: Complete Online Training Modules
Requirement 4: President Submits the Re-Registration Form on Dragonlink
- After you attend a BOLD Conference, you will be uploaded into our online student organization training module. Each officer needs to complete specific online trainings (requirements will be released prior to June 3 and you will receive an email regarding them). These short modules will help you navigate policies and logistics associated with student organizations at Drexel. You must complete the training modules by October 15, 2018, but they will remain online for you to view throughout the year.
Requirement 5: Advisor Confirmation Form and Training
- Once the re-recognition cycle opens, a blue button stating "Re-Register My Organization" will appear on your organization's DragonLink page. The President for the 2018-2019 year will need to complete this form. We suggest this form is completed after attending the BOLD Conference and doing the online trainings so that you can think critically about the vision and goals you have for your organization. Although the president must be the one to submit the form, we suggest getting together as an eboard to complete it.
- Each organization is required to have a full time faculty or professional staff advisor. All advisors must complete an online confirmation form on DragonLink which will be open from June 3-October 15, 2018. Advisors are also required to attend an in-person training every other year. If your advisor attended training in 2017, they do no need to attend this year. All other returning and new advisors need to attend an in-person training which will take place at the end of summer/beginning of fall quarters.
Student Organization Leadership Development
Student organizations provide wonderful opportunities to learn, develop and put into practice leadership skills. Skills like time management, guiding and motivating others, financial stewardship, effective communication, listening, teamwork and inclusion are all competencies that students learn from participating in and leading student organizations. Campus Engagement implements leadership sessions and workshops geared toward student organizations. Information on student organization leadership development can be found on the BOLD DragonLink page.
What Drexel students are saying about their student organization experience
“I have been able to improve my career performance by learning about multi-tasking and time management.”
“I have grown immensely from being involved in many different organizations, most notably in time management and event organization skills. I have also learned about being a leader in general and the importance of communication.”
“I think I’m a drastically different person than when I started at Drexel. I credit a lot of that to my time in student organizations.”
“It has made me more involved in Drexel’s campus life and student activities. It has also allowed me a deeper understanding of how organizations are run.”
“It has transformed me into the person that I am today, building character and teaching responsibility and commitment.”
“I have learned a great deal about responsibility, time management and networking.”