All student organization activities are guided by the policies and procedures delineated in the student organization handbook, published by the Office of Student Development. These policies grow out of the Marquette University Mission Statement and Ethos Statement. Marquette encourages the formation of ethical and informed leaders and the development of women and men dedicated to the service of others. Achieving these goals is dependent upon creating a campus environment in which people feel safe, sustained, engaged, challenged and appreciated.
Formation of an Officially Recognized
Student organizations can be formed and recognized when the Office of Student Development determines that the group’s purposes are in accordance with the stated purposes and policies of the university. A group of students wishing to form an organization must go to the Office of Student Development in AMU, Room 121 to:
For organizations that have graduate students as regular members and/or officers, these procedures are the same, with the exception that approval of Marquette University Student Government is not required. The formation, recognition and supervision of student organizations affiliated with the Law School or Dental School are conducted by student services staff within those schools and not through the procedures outlined above.
Additional considerations regarding the formation of a recognized student organization include:
Only officially recognized and currently registered student organizations are authorized to use university facilities or services or permitted to identify themselves directly or indirectly with the university’s name or credit. Note that this regulation is not intended as a restriction upon the right of students to organize, but it is necessary in order to protect the proprietary name, credit and facilities of the university.
In some instances, the Office of Student Development may deem it necessary to review an organization’s recognized status, operations and procedures. Under such conditions, Student Development reserves the right to remove an organization’s recognized status with the university.
Eligibility for Membership in Student Organizations
Policies and Procedures for the Distribution of
Literature, the Sponsorship of Visiting Speakers and
Public Performances, and the Screening of Films
As indicated in the university mission statement, Marquette is committed to the unfettered pursuit of truth under the mutually illuminating power of human intelligence and Christian faith. In this context, the university encourages its student organizations to contribute to the role of the university as a forum for intellectual discussion, debate, investigation and/or artistic expression.
Student organization requests for the distribution of literature, the sponsorship of visiting speakers and public performers, and the screening of films will be considered in light of the educational purposes and the Catholic identity of Marquette University. Specific attention, therefore, will be paid to the context and purpose of the proposed material.
The university has final discretion in decisions regarding the distribution of literature, the sponsorship of visiting speakers and public performances, and the screening of films. In keeping with the intellectual imperative of the university and the instructive value of dialogue, educational or artistic merit and a balanced perspective will be the normative bases for decisions. The use of the university as a forum, however, in no way implies university approval or endorsement of the views expressed by material distributed, by a speaker, in a public performance or in a film. In those cases where a program, film or printed material is considered to be opposed to the mission of the university, there may be a requirement for the presentation of multiple points of view.
Distribution of Non-academic Literature
The university provides for the distribution of literature by student organizations. The following guidelines apply:
After authorization, one copy of the material(s) will be retained for the file in the Office of Student Development. Once material is approved for distribution, a stamp of approval must be placed on all materials for distribution.
Speakers, Films, Concerts and Other
Visiting speakers, films, video, concerts, comedians and other publicized events must be registered and approved by the Office of Student Development in the AMU, Room 121, by filling out an event registration form at least two weeks before the date requested for the event. When hosting a speaker on campus, student organizations must provide a biography/resume of the performer and a written description of the content/purpose of the performance. All films require a catalog summary that includes the company name through which the film is being obtained. Federal copyright laws restrict the use of videocassettes/ DVDs to private showings and prohibit their public performance without prior written consent of the holder of copyright.
Event registration forms are available in the Office of Student Development, AMU, Room 121; the Center for Leadership, Service and Involvement., AMU, Room 137; and the AMU Event Management Office, AMU, Room 245.
All approved student organization events must be congruent with the policies, objectives and mission of the university. Requests will be reviewed under the following considerations:
Sponsorship of Non-university Political Activities
In addition to policies and procedures for Sponsorship of Visiting Speakers and Public Performances and for Distribution of Literature, guidelines have been created to regulate the presentation of political candidates and campaigns, as well as elected or appointed government officials. The goal is to allow for sponsorship of these speakers and activities by a recognized student organization while protecting the interests of the sponsoring group and the university.
All approved events must be congruent with the policies, objectives and mission of the university. It is expected that events will be registered and approved using the regular timeline and Event Registration Form in place for all student organization events. In an election season, circumstances may arise where an organization learns of the availability of a political candidate or speaker less than two weeks before an event. Exceptions to this timeline to allow for requesting sponsorship of a political candidate or speaker with less than 24 hours’ notice will generally not be approved. The university has final discretion in decisions regarding the sponsorship of political candidates, speakers or activities, and these decisions are made by the Office of Student Development in consultation with other officials as appropriate.
For additional information about policies for student organizations interested in sponsoring non-university political activities, see the Student Organization Handbook or contact the Office of Student Development, AMU 121, (414) 288-7205.