Membership participation in student organizations can be a meaningful part of a student's educational experience. Valuable lessons in leadership, planning and organization are some of the benefits of involvement in organizations on campus. Membership in student organizations is open to all regularly enrolled students of Illinois Tech and Vandercook College of Music.
A. ORGANIZATIONAL RECOGNITION
Student organizations must apply for and maintain university recognition with the Office of Campus Life. Staff members will work with individuals to form a new student organization and/or register a current one. Organizations in the formation stage will be assigned a liaison in the Office of Campus Life and are required to meet with their liaison prior to arranging a meeting with SGA (sga.iit.edu). After the potential new organization is pre-approved during a Student Government Association Senate meeting, the new organization will create a constitution with the help of Campus Life staff members. Once the constitution has been approved by the Office of Campus Life, the organization will complete the formal recognition form located on HawkLink. The Office of Campus Life reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to withhold recognition from those prospective organizations whose purpose is deemed to be in conflict with the institutional mission or operation of Illinois Tech.
Recognized organizations can maintain their recognition by registering the organization with the Office of Campus Life each academic year. Registration requires an organization to satisfactorily accomplish each of the tasks listed below.
- Complete the online registration form (https://hawklink.iit.edu/).
- Submit a list of all officers and the faculty/staff advisor(s) for the organization. All organizations must have a faculty or staff advisor in order to achieve or maintain recognition.
- Update your constitution as needed with the Office of Campus Life. Attend student organization workshops each semester; topics include programming, finance, event management and more.
- Remain in good standing with the Office of Campus Life; organization status is evaluated by professional staff in areas of finance, behavior, academics and judicial affairs.
Contact the Office of Campus Life via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions regarding the registration process.
Recognized organizations are eligible for support and services, such as reservation of space for meetings and events, mailbox space, account management, advising support from the Office of Campus Life, access to the Student Organization Center, announcements in IIT Today, slides on the TV screens around campus, and the ability to apply for funding from the Student Activities Fund.
Officers and executive board members of organizations must be regularly enrolled students in good academic standing. General membership must generally be open to all full-time and part-time students.
C. STUDENT ACTIVITIES FUND
The Student Activities Fund (SAF) is derived from the student activity fee paid by each student taking classes on the Mies, Rice, and Moffett campuses. The SAF exists to support the operations and programming efforts of student organizations. Finance Board, an appointed committee of SGA, is charged with allocating and distributing money in the SAF among student organizations. Any recognized and registered organization may apply to Finance Board for financial support. Throughout the year, Finance Board conducts workshops to help organizations understand the policies and procedures for receiving funding from the SAF. Recognized organizations in good standing may apply for and receive funding according to Finance Board Guidelines, which can be found under the Finance Board tab at sga.iit.edu.
D. ORGANIZATION PROPERTY
All property, equipment and supplies purchased for a student organization by Illinois Tech and/or with organizational funds shall be defined as Illinois Tech property in the care of the organization and organization leaders. Organization leaders and members are responsible for the proper care and appropriate use of such property. If an organization becomes inactive for any reason, the property must be returned and surrendered to Illinois Tech. The Office of Campus Life has space available in the basement of the MTCC for the storage of Illinois Tech owned property. Contact a staff member of the Office of Campus Life for more information.
E. DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES
Illinois Tech expects student organizations, including fraternities and sororities, and their respective members to accept both personal and group responsibility for meeting recognized standards of good conduct. Organizations are expected to conduct their business in an honest, ethical fashion and to cooperate with Illinois Tech officials as requested. Officers must accept responsibility for control of organization events and ensure proper behavior of students and guests in attendance. Organizations will be held responsible for damages to Illinois Tech property and/or equipment resulting from their use. Organizations are expected to follow all Illinois Tech and SGA/Finance Board procedures, rules and policies as well as all applicable laws of city, state and federal governments.
Anyone may initiate a complaint against a student organization. (A complaint may be filed at www.iit.edu/incidentreport and can also take the form of an Illinois Tech Department of Public Safety incident report regarding inappropriate behavior or misconduct.) Disciplinary action may be taken against organizations, including fraternities and sororities, for failure to follow any of the procedures, rules or policies delineated in this Student Handbook, including, but not limited to, those related to events (as defined in Section G below) and violations of the Code of Conduct. Such action may also be taken against organizations that no longer are fulfilling the purpose upon which their recognition was based. In its discretion, the Office of Student Affairs or Office of Campus Life may process infractions that either deems to be minor. If the organization wishes to appeal the decision of the Office of Student Affairs or Office of Campus Life with respect to such infractions or if the infraction is deemed not to be minor, an administrative hearing will be held before the Vice Provost and Dean of Students in accordance with the hearing procedures established under the Code of Conduct (see, generally, Article II, Section B above for details of such processes). The decision of the Vice Provost and Dean of Students with respect to such matters shall be final. All non-minor infractions will be handled in accordance with the process set forth in Article II, Section B.
Sanctions for infractions may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following:
- Conduct Warning. An official written notification that an organization's behavior is in violation of Illinois Tech regulations or standards, which also clarifies expected behavior in the future. This sanction may or may not carry with it conditions or restrictions of privileges.
- Conduct Probation. This is a form of probation placed upon an organization for its misconduct. The intent of Conduct Probation is for an organization to correct its behavior and return to good standing within the Illinois Tech community. Certain restrictions and/or educational sanctions may also apply to this form of probation. Conduct Probation is to be designated to remain in effect for a specified duration.
- Restitution. An organization is required to make monetary restitution for theft of or damage to Illinois Tech property or to that of a member of the Illinois Tech community, or for expenses incurred as a result of the organization's actions.
- Fines. Illinois Tech reserves the right to assess against an organization a fine for misconduct. The amount of any fine will be determined based on the severity of the infraction(s), whether the organization has been found responsible for prior infractions, and the need for deterrence of future infractions.
- Suspension of Social Event Privileges. An organization may not sponsor or partner in any event involving alcohol on or off campus. Any proposed event involving guests in affiliation with the organization, with or without alcohol, must receive approval from the Dean of Students at least three business days in advance. Guests are defined as any non-member of the organization; new members, initiated members and organization alumni are not considered guests.
- Suspension of Event Privileges. An organization may not sponsor or partner in any event on or off campus. Suspension of event privileges is to be designated to remain in effect for a specific duration.
- Mandatory Educational Programming. An organization may be required to attend, as a whole or in part, educational programming assigned by the Office of Student Affairs. An organization may also be required to host and to facilitate its own programming under this sanction.
- Substance Free Housing. An organization may not operate a facility where members are allowed to possess or consume alcohol or legal but controlled substances. Any combination of substance revocations may be assigned, dependent upon the offense.
- Removal of recognized student organization status or charter. An organization may be fully unrecognized by Illinois Tech, resulting in the complete severing of all ties as a registered organization or recognized fraternity or sorority organization. Thereafter, the organization may not function as an organization; maintain or recruit members; host or co-host any activity, event or program; use any Illinois Tech property or facility; use the Illinois Tech name, any associated name or suggest any affiliation with Illinois Tech; or operate any facility on or off campus in relation to Illinois Tech or for members of the Illinois Tech community.
Any sanction may carry additional conditions as deemed necessary by the Campus Judicial Board. Decisions rendered by the Campus Judicial Board against an organization may be appealed as provided for in the Code of Conduct.
Illinois Tech reserves the right to hold both individuals and organizations, including fraternities and sororities, responsible for their actions. A student may be held individually responsible while, concurrently or consecutively, an organization may be held responsible for the same violation. The two processes are separate and independent.
Student organizations may have recognition revoked for failure to pay any debt due and owing to Illinois Tech. Organizations are responsible to reimburse Illinois Tech for any negative balances in organization accounts held by Illinois Tech. Additional financial repercussions may apply to student organizations that do not fulfill financial expectations as communicated by the Office of Campus Life each year.
G. ADDITIONAL RULES APPLICABLE TO EVENTS
As used in this Student Handbook, with respect to an organization, including a fraternity or sorority, any social event (an "event") is defined as any gathering, whether on or off campus, that includes (i) members and/or guests of one or more organizations at which alcoholic beverages are in any manner offered or served, including, but not limited to, self-service or service by a third party vendor, or consumed and (ii) has been arranged, scheduled or announced in any way by an organization. Events may be co-hosted by organizations.
Organizations are accountable for all of their events regardless of the location of such events. This includes, but is not limited to, locations such as classrooms, offices, common areas, fraternity and sorority chapter houses and chapter rooms, and any locations off-campus.
Organization events with guests in attendance are limited to an attendance maximum of two guests per active or new, initiated or alumni member attending the event. Guests are defined as any non-member of the organization. An organization and its members are responsible for the actions of their guests at all times.
Organizations wishing to have events that exceed the 2:1 ratio may propose to do so by contacting the appropriate department (either Office of Campus Life or Residence Life) and submitting an event registration form at least 30 days in advance of the proposed event. In addition, the following rules shall apply to such event: a third-party vendor must be used for any alcohol service; private security if the event is to be held off the Illinois Tech campus or Illinois Tech Public Safety if the event is to be held on the campus, must be hired for the duration of the event; and any additional event-specific rules required by Campus Life, Residence Life, the Office of Student Affairs and/or Public Safety must be followed.