New Club Ratification

PLEASE NOTE: MSU Club Applications have closed for the 2020/2021 academic year. The next opportunity to apply for MSU Club status will be in the fall for the following year (2021/2022 academic year). Please continue to monitor this page for updates. 



A club MUST be able to demonstrate:

- Uniqueness: the club must not have the same or similar mandate to other existing clubs or groups on campus; 

- Maintain significant student interest and
- Produce positive impacts on the McMaster community.

Starting a new MSU club is a THREE step process:

1) Application (using proper documentation)

2) Interview with MSU Clubs Administrator

3) Ratification by the MSU Student Representative Assembly (SRA). All clubs must be ratified by the SRA to be recognized as an official MSU Club.

Applications for new clubs consists of THREE sections:

1) Administrative Information

2) Cover Letter

3) Year-Plan/Budget and a Constitution.

Section 1 – Administrative Information: This section allows club executives to indicate basic information about the club, such as: name, category, email request, primary contact person, and executive information.

Please ensure that at least FOUR (4) executives are listed and TEN (10) members. Remember: Executives and Members can not be the same – it takes at least FOURTEEN (14) people to start a new MSU club.*

*UPDATE- due to new policy changes, new clubs will actually require a minimum of TWENTY FIVE (25) students to start a club. If you already submitted your application with 14 members instead of 25, that is okay for now, we may require you to recruit additional members later.

Mission Statement - statement which is used as a way of communicating the purpose of the organization.

Section 2 – Cover Letter: This section allows club executives to explain and outline their club. It is important that the executives address the following THREE areas: 1) Who/What the club is about? What are its goals, purposes, intentions? 2) Why is the club unique? What academic, culture, religion, recreational activity, or social issue does it represent/address that is not currently being represented/addressed? 3) How will the club contribute to the McMaster University student community?. Cover letter must be uploaded on registration page.

Section 3 – Year Plan/Budget: This section allows club executives to outline the event programming they wish to enact in the academic year. Please note that the MSU does not expect each club to have its programming 100% ready for next year – we understand any plans are tentative and subject to change – however, it is important that executives have a general idea of the programming they wish to implement. While event programming should be diverse and creative, it should also generally complement the purpose(s) of the club (For example: charity-based clubs will likely focus on fundraisers; academic-based clubs will likely focus on study sessions and professor meet’n’greets; social issue-based clubs will likely focus on informational and awareness campaigns; etc). Click here  to download a copy of the Year & Budget Plan.

Constitution: The club constitution is the governing document of each and every club. It generally outlines the responsibilities and duties of each executive position as well as rules and regulations for elections and other club operations. A basic constitution template is provided, but MUST be personalized by club executives to suit the needs of the club. Instructional notes have been posted within the club constitution document. Click here to download a copy of the constitution template.

If you are applying as a new club, once the Clubs Administrator has reviewed your documentation you will be contacted for an interview. If your club meets all the above requirements, your club will be put forward to the SRA for ratification. 

ALL club applications MUST be reviewed by the Clubs Administrator before being put forward to the SRA.

The Club Administrator shall provide recommendations to the SRA with respect to whether or not ratification is recommended for each applicant club. 

For any other inquiries contact MSU Clubs (clubs@msu.mcmaster.ca) 

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