at Howard University is as diverse as its student body. A variety of
extracurricular activities and organizations under the official auspices
of the Office of Student Activities complemented a number of such activities
originating from the student body itself. There are over 190 student
organizations from which students may choose to participate. New organizations
may petition the University for official recognition by following the
procedures stated below. Further information may be obtained from the
Office of Student Activities. Copies of the group’s proposed constitution
and a petition for recognition form with appropriate student endorsement and advisor signature
will be required.
student organization should complete the “Organization Census” form
each Fall semester. These forms are available in the Office of Student Activities and on-line.
of the Census
the University with important information concerning the officers, the location
of the organization and its adviser. Census also denotes the intent of the
organization to be active.
Census helps protect
the organization by insuring its rights and privileges as a recognized organization.
It helps ensure that only the proper individuals may authorize activities,
events and make financial arrangements for the organization.
on the above mentioned forms will be utilized in a manner which conforms
with the official policy of the University pertaining to student records
and rights of the students regarding such records.
Student Organizations and Clubs (census 09)
Official recognition by Howard University is a result of recommendations by the President of the Howard University
Student Association, the Director of Student Activities and the approval of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Organizations of a religious nature require the recommendation of the Dean of the Chapel. Recognition in no way implies
University endorsement or sponsorship of such events or activities. Recognition simply acknowledges the existence of an
organization composed of at least ten (10) Howard University Students, consistent with the objectives and philosophy of
the University and meets an expressed need of the students. Your club will not be recognized until all portions of the
application are submitted and approved.
The petition for recognition packet should include the following:
1. A Petition form
2. At least 10 signatures from Howard University students
3. A letter of support from Dean/Department/National organization
4. A letter of intent from your on‐campus advisor
5. A student organization advisor agreement form
6. Copy of the Constitution & By‐laws
For fraternities and/or organizations with competitive selective membership processes the following additional
documentation is required:
1. Proof of insurance
2. Greek recognition policy statement of understanding
3. Copy of the membership selection protocol/process
4. Anti‐hazing policy statement
Petition for Recognition and Constitutional Review Process:
Each recognition packet and constitution submitted is stamped and logged in to the Office of Student Activities. Once
submitted and logged, the constitution is reviewed to ensure that all necessary documents are included in the packet. If
the packet is complete, the constitution is reviewed for consistency and compliance with the universities policies or
guidelines and if applicable, the guidelines of the national or regional organization. The constitution is then forwarded to
the following for review and approval:
1. HUSA President
2. For religious organizations only: Dean of the Chapel
3. Director of Student Activities
4. Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Only recognized student organizations may be granted permission to sponsor events and activities on campus and to make use of University facilities for this purpose. Only recognized student organizations may use the Howard University nomenclature as a part of their organization name and/or in representing themselves as associated with the University.
The Office of Student Activities has the responsibility to ensure
that the constitution is reviewed by all parties involved and that the constitution
meets the guidelines of the university. The following is an overview of the constitution review process, all constitutions are reviewed to ensure:
a. That all necessary documents are included.
b. Consistency and compliance with the university
policies or guidelines.
c. Compliance to the guidelines of the
national or regional organization (if applicable).
d. That there are no grammatical and spelling errors.
of the review process for the constitution, the organization representative is responsible for revising and resubmitting the constitution to the Office of Student Activities. Once all revisions are completed and the constitution satisfies the requirements of the University, the petition packet is forwarded on for final approval.
for Recognition as a Student Organization Form
- A letter
of interest to reactivate an organization must be submitted to the Director
of Student Activities.
- A petition
with the signature of ten (10) currently enrolled Howard University Students,
in good academic standing (five must be members of the organization),
must be submitted to the Office of Student Activities in support of reactivation.
- The organization’s
original constitution in file in the Office of Student Activities should
be reviewed by that office as well as by the student requesting reactivation.
If the group petitioning reactivation has no changes for the existing constitution,
reactivation is almost automatic. If the group wishes to make changes to
the document on file in the Office of Student Activities, the reactivation
process will commence pending a review of the proposed constitutional changes.
upon approval for reactivation, the organization must submit a Census
form to the Office of Student Activities.
are categorized as those that have met the criteria for recognition and submitted
a census form to the Office of Student Activities for the current school
year. The only way a group can maintain active status, is by submitting the
required census form.
are categorized as having met criteria for recognition, yet have not submitted
a census form to the Office of Student Activities.
are categorized as those that have met the criteria for recognition, yet
not submitted a census form for more than five years.
The Office of Student Activities
is responsible for maintaining an active and updated listing of
all recognized organizations and their status.
Letter Organizations/Fraternities & Sororities
Additional information on these groups, in particular the National Pan Hellenic Council members can be found on the Pan-Hellenic Council page of this
Geographical clubs encourage social cohesiveness among students from the same
geographical locality. The aim is to inform and motivate students to get
involved in campus activities, and to maintain a social/service organization
which serves the University and the community through its many philanthropies
Honor societies have been established in each school and college to recognize
and perpetuate excellence in various disciplines. Organized for educational
purposes, these organizations aim to promote scholarship and research,
encourage a high standard of character and conduct and recognize a high
attainment of practice in related fields. Candidates are selected on the
basis of scholarship and character.
International clubs provide a social outlet for international students while
providing a means to bring U.S. and international students together. There
organizations have an educational function by presenting programs on international
topics and seminars concerning the culture of other countries.
Student Religious Organization at Howard often involve themselves with civic
work, services and social functions, with an emphasis on instilling and perpetuating
the religious concepts, ideals and beliefs held by each group.
School and Department
School and Department clubs provide useful opportunities and leadership experiences
for students in their respective fields. These special interest groups focus
on the furtherance of their respective disciplines.
Sports Clubs have been established to provide students, faculty, and staff
with an opportunity to further their athletic skills, and through competitive
intramural and intercollegiate programs, achieve excellence. Also, through
planned activities, the clubs introduce the sport to the Howard community
and extend professional guidance in establishing the highest standards
of participation, instruction, and conduct.