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Student life 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.


Each recognized student organization should complete the “Organization Census” form each Fall semester. These forms are available in the Office of Student Activities and on-line.

Purpose of the Census

Census provides 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.

Information submitted 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.

Active Student Organizations and Clubs (census 09)

The Recognition Process

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.

Recognition Packet
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.

Upon completion 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.

Petition for Recognition as a Student Organization Form

Reactivation Procedures

    1. A letter of interest to reactivate an organization must be submitted to the Director of Student Activities.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Immediately upon approval for reactivation, the organization must submit a Census form to the Office of Student Activities.

      Census Form

Organization Status

Active organizations 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.

Inactive organizations are categorized as having met criteria for recognition, yet have not submitted a census form to the Office of Student Activities.

Defunct Organizations 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.

Organization Classification

Greek 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 website.

Geographical Clubs

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 and programs.

Honor Societies

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

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 Organizations

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 Clubs

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

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.

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