Center for Student Development

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The Center for Student Development (CSD) provides leadership development opportunities and promotes student involvement. In addition, the office provides service leadership through outreach programs utilizing a volunteer network. Students who are interested in information about volunteer services, campus programs, leadership development, or campus organizations should contact the Center for Student Development at 940-898-3626, or come by the office located on the first floor of the Student Union.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) has a long history of student participation and service to the University. SGA meetings are held on each campus (Denton, Dallas, and Houston) on a regular basis, and all students are welcome and encouraged to attend the meetings. Active participation in SGA committees provides students with an opportunity to play a major role in the decision making on their respective campus. Students interested in holding a leadership position in SGA must qualify for office according to the standards stated in the Constitution and Bylaws.  Elections are held in the spring semester on all campuses. Students should contact the Center for Student Development for specific dates regarding the Denton campus elections. For Dallas and Houston dates, please contact the Assistant Director of Student Life on the appropriate campus.

Campus Activities Board

The Campus Activities Board (CAB), is a student-run organization responsible for providing activities and programs for the student body and the University community. CAB also provides valuable experiences and opportunities for students to develop personal and professional skills in leadership, time management, and group dynamics. Chair positions and committee memberships are open to all students. Additional information is available through the Center for Student Development.

Leadership Development

Students at TWU are encouraged to take advantage of both the formal leadership development programs and the informal opportunities to develop their personal and professional skills. This approach to leadership ensures that students can tailor their own program to promote their individual needs. Leadership programs, workshops, and retreats provide a strong basis for transitions from TWU to the work force after graduation. Participation in the leadership development program is an integral part of a student’s college experience.

Graduate Student Orientation

The Center for Student Development (CSD) offers an annual orientation for new graduate students. For more information, contact the Center for Student Development at 940-898-3626, the Graduate Orientation website , or email orientation@twu.edu .

Student Organizations

Involvement in University Student Organizations is an important element of a university education that embraces the student as a person and a citizen which has been at the core of a TWU education from the beginning of TWU. The purpose of involvement in student organizations includes learning to be innovative, broadening the minds of students, and having students learn things about themselves and the world around them that they are unlikely to learn anywhere else. Involvement in student organizations enables students to have purposeful interactions on campus and find additional meaning in their experiences.

In addition, participation in student organizations allows students to acquire leadership, communication, and team building skills. Participating in student organizations is beneficial during a student’s collegiate experience and in their role as a citizen within the community. Organizations such as honorary societies, sororities, fraternities, professional organizations, and various special interest groups are vital components of the educational experience at Texas Woman’s University (TWU). Participation in student organizations is important to a student’s intellectual and professional development. A current listing of registered and recognized (both sanctioned and chartered) student organizations may be obtained from the Center for Student Development (CSD) on the Denton campus or its website, and current listings of student organizations on the Dallas and Houston campuses may be obtained through their respective Offices of Student Life or on their web pages.

Student Organization Policies and Qualifications

TWU Student Organizations:

  • Shall be open to all TWU students regardless of race, creed, disability, sexual orientation, age, and/or sex (National sororities and fraternities, NPC and NPHC groups, are exempt from gender discrimination under Title IX Education Code).
  • Shall adhere to Federal law and University Policies, Regulations, and Procedures regarding sexual harassment. No member of the University community may sexually harass another. Charges of sexual harassment against any employee or student will result in investigation and disciplinary action(s).
  • Shall recognize sexual assault is a felony under the criminal laws of the State of Texas and will not be tolerated at Texas Woman’s University. In addition to legal recourse, any such act committed by a Texas Woman’s University student is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and subject to disciplinary action at the University.
  • Shall not participate in any hazing activities or activities that would fall under the University Policies, Regulations and Procedures of hazing.
  • Shall not serve, sell, or consume alcoholic beverages at any organization meeting or function on or off campus. All organization meetings and functions are alcohol-free.
  • Shall adhere to alcohol and drug use laws, policies, regulations, and procedures.
  • Must comply with Regent Policy and University Regulations and Procedures (URPs) regarding the distribution of information. Before posters or flyers can be distributed or displayed on campus, they MUST be approved by the CSD and be marked appropriately.
  • Shall comply with the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Shall follow all University fundraising Policies, Regulations, and Procedures including, but not limited to, auctions, silent auctions, raffles, and bake sales.

In addition, TWU Student Organizations:

  • Shall meet a genuine, demonstrated student interest.
  • Shall submit a local constitution and/or national constitution (if applicable) annually to the CSD.
  • Shall be led by TWU student officers elected or appointed by the organization.
  • Shall have at least one (1) part-time or full-time TWU faculty, staff, and/or Graduate Assistant/Graduate Teaching Assistant advisor, but are encouraged to have two. Information about the responsibilities and obligations of a Student Organization advisor is available at the CSD office.
  • Shall renew their organization paperwork each spring semester with the respective CSD office on each campus.
  • An organization must complete the new Student Organization process if the group has not renewed their paperwork within the in the last academic year.
  • Shall update Student Organization officer and advisor information as necessary whenever there is a change of advisor(s) with the respective CSD office.
  • Shall not use University’s insignia, seal, logo, or name in its official title, logo, on financial documents including checking accounts and signature cards, or on applications or legal forms asking for an organization’s name. Use of the University’s insignia, seal, logo, or name is subject to restrictions found in University policies, regulations, and procedures.
  • Shall not use the TWU Tax ID number. Each Student Organization is encouraged to apply for an organization Tax ID number with the IRS.
  • Student Organizations may not plan co-curricular activities (including mandatory meetings and Student Organization functions) the week prior to and the week of final exams.

All Code of Conduct violations will be addressed by the Office for Civility and Community Standards in conjunction with the Center for Student Development.

Establishment of a Chartered Student Organization

In order to establish a chartered student organization, an individual or group must demonstrate the organization meets a genuine student interest. At least five (5) TWU students from the same campus must sign the application, however it is recommended that there be ten (10) signatures to demonstrate there is true interest in the proposed student organization.

If an individual or group believes there is: 1) a sustained interest in the proposed organization; 2) an existing organization is not able to fill the needs of the proposed organization; 3) the purpose of the proposed organization is well-defined and serves the community on- or off-campus; and 4) organizational goals, objectives, recruitment, programs, and activities are identified, then the individual or group should begin the application process to become a charter organization. The application process is administered through Student Government with assistance from the CSD.

Student Organization Procedures and Qualifications

For any student organization to be officially recognized by the University, it must apply for and be approved as a registered and recognized student organization. Approval does not indicate University endorsement; however, recognition will allow official name acknowledgement, fundraising, and usage of facilities. In order to be approved, the bylaws of a Student Organization must contain specific comprehensible language that states the group does not represent the University. The University has the right to reject any groups that violate University policies, regulations, and/or procedures and are not aligned with the mission and values of the University.

Restrictions on Student Organizations

Student Organizations must refrain from discrimination as defined by University policies, regulations, and procedures as well as federal, state, and local statutes (Greek organizations are exempt from gender discrimination). The Student Organization cannot admit an individual to membership who is not a current member of the TWU community. The TWU community includes all enrolled students. Non-TWU community members may participate in group events at the discretion of the Student Organization. The use of University facilities, equipment, and systems is governed under related TWU policies, regulations, and procedures.

Student Events/Programs

Students who wish to have events or programs with attendance of 100 persons or more must adhere to policies stated in the Special Events Policy on the Special Events Form. (Conference Services has Scheduling Procedures for Student Orgs on their website: http://www.twu.edu/conference-services/forms.asp ). Students must also fill out a student organization event checklist.

In support of the mission of Texas Woman’s University, the Division of Student Life does not allow for planning co-curricular activities during the week prior and the week of final exams. Creating or implementing meetings, programs, or activities during this time period may jeopardize students’ ability to perform to their highest academic potential.

Financial Management

Funds received and/or collected by the organization are not the responsibility of the University; they are the responsibility of the organization. Texas Woman’s University does not provide safe keeping or accounts for student organization funds. Chartered organizations are recommended and encouraged to open checking and saving accounts at a local bank; sanctioned organizations are not permitted to have an off-campus bank account. Sanctioned organizations are sponsored by the University and receive University funding; any funds they raise can be deposited into an appropriate University revenue account.

For chartered student organizations that wish to place their monies in a checking account, the only option is to open an account off-campus. Many student organization leaders find that opening an off-campus account to be beneficial as they can make withdrawals and deposits at ease. It is important to note that opening an account for a student organization has different requirement than that of a personal account. The following information is imperative to the proper opening of a Student Organization off-campus account:

  • Organizations must apply and receive a tax identification number from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by completing form SS-4.
  • The IRS can be contacted at 1-800-829-4933 or www.irs.gov
  • Upon receiving a tax identification number and opening a bank account, the student organization must report this information to the Center for Student Development on the Denton campus or the appropriate Office of Student Life on the Dallas or Houston campuses.
  • It is recommended that two signatures be required on each check to hold student leaders accountable for their organizational spending.

Establishing New Student Organizations

Recognized and Registered Organizations: All Student Organizations (sanctioned and chartered) must submit renewal paperwork every spring in order to be registered as a recognized organization by TWU for the following academic year. Renewal paperwork includes, but is not limited to, a constitution, bylaws, and a risk management agreement. All student organizations must also send representatives to the annual Risk Management training sessions. Renewal paperwork is submitted to CSD in Denton or the Offices of Student Life on the Dallas and Houston campuses.

  • Chartered Organization:  A student organization that is officially recognized by the University. Chartered organizations must apply for and be approved as a recognized and registered chartered organization on an annual basis.
  • Sanctioned Organizations: Sanctioned organizations receive University funding. Sanctioned organizations must be registered and recognized annually. The Student Government Association is an example of a sanctioned organization.

In order to establish a chartered student organization, an individual or group must demonstrate the organization meets a genuine student interest. At least five (5) TWU students from the same campus must sign the application, however it is recommended that there be ten (10) signatures to demonstrate there is true interest in the proposed student organization.

If an individual or group believes there is: 1) a sustained interest in the proposed organization; 2) an existing organization is not able to fill the needs of the proposed organization; 3) the purpose of the proposed organization is well-defined and serves the community on- or off-campus; and 4) organizational goals, objectives, recruitment, programs, and activities are identified, then the individual or group should begin the application process to become a charter organization. The application process is administered through Student Government with assistance from the CSD.

Requirements for Elected and Appointed Officers of Student Organizations

Academic and social standards for membership and service as officers of student organizations are stipulated in the respective constitutions and bylaws of each organization. In some cases, such requirements may be above the general University requirements. In order to qualify for elected or appointed posts, a student must be in good standing with the University and must have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0.

Volunteer Services

TWU Volunteer Services seeks to engage students in experiences that address human and community needs. They strive to promote student learning and development through their programmatic endeavors and commitment to a culture of active citizenship.

TWU students, faculty, and staff can participate in programs and events sponsored by the office such as: Volunteer Fairs, Lunch & Learn Brown Bag Workshop Series, Fall for Fall Service Day, Make a difference Day, MLK Day of Service, The Big Event, and Philanthropy Spotlight events. Additionally, Volunteer Services sponsors weekend and week-long opportunities through the Alternative Breaks Program.

For members of the TWU community that are not sure how to get started in their service, Volunteer Services also does individual consultations to help narrow your search. Students are also encouraged to join the Helping Hands Service Ambassadors. For more information on how you can get involved, please visit the Volunteer Services website or contact the Coordinator of Volunteer Services at 940-898-3626.