Starting an ASWC Club

Guidelines for Starting a New Club 

1. Identify your new club’s purpose.  Groups which seek ASWC funding should be able to articulate how the groups' mission and activities enrich and diversify the Whitman educational experience and provide new leadership or learning opportunities to club members.

2. Select an adviser from among the Whitman faculty and staff.  This person should have some skill, knowledge, or interest which relates to the purpose or functioning of your club.

3. Fill out the ASWC Recognition Update Form.  This will let the ASWC Club Director know that you are beginning the process of applying for ASWC recognition.  

4With your club adviser, create a club constitution.  Take a look at the guidelines  and Sample Constitution for direction in crafting this document.  Every club must have an approved constitution on file in both the Student Activities Office and with the ASWC Club Director to receive ASWC funding.

5Submit the completed club constitution to the Student Activities Office (RCC 202).  You will receive notification when these items have been approved.  If the Student Activities staff feels there are changes that should be made before your constitution can be approved, they will ask that you resubmit a constitution with the necessary revisions.

6File your completed constitution with the ASWC Club Director once you have received approval from the Student Activities Office.   Every club must have an approved constitution on file in both the Student Activities Office and with the ASWC Club Director to be approved by the Senate. 

7Attend the ASWC Senate meeting at which your club will be on the agenda for consideration.  This way, you can address any questions that senators have about your club. The Club Director will notify you of the date and time once these have been set.

If a club/organization poses safety or liability risks to club members or to the College, the Student Activities Office and ASWC reserve the right to deny recognition to that club.

Email the ASWC Club Director (aswc_clubdir@whitman.edu)

Email the Student Activities office (adamsle@whitman.edu)