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Student Organization Forms

The following outline is designed to cover all parts of a constitution. The bulleted points are things to consider when writing the articles. This outline is not inclusive and may vary from format. All information in the constitution is non-amendable. Each organization creates a set of bylaws when amending the constitution as it becomes necessary. Please include your amendment procedures in the constitution.

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Download Sample Constitution (PDF)

Name of Organization

Date Constitution Created

ARTICLE I: Name of Organization.

The name of this organization shall be ...

ARTICLE II: Purpose/Objectives

  • List organization objectives or mission.

ARTICLE III: Membership

  • Make sure to list criteria for membership (i.e. GPA).
  • List the requirements for a member to be considered in good standing
    • Academic standing
    • Guidelines regarding attendance, dues, and participation.
  • Only currently enrolled students are permitted to be members of a CSU organization. Advisers can participate in an advising capacity but cannot be included as officers or representatives.
  • A voting procedure should be included in the constitution and can be placed in this section or in an additional article.
    • We encourage you to use a quorum/forum format.
      • Quorum is the number of active members you have on your membership roster.
      • Forum is the number of active members you have at a specific meeting or event.
      • For voting to take place we encourage you to set a 2/3 quorum (members on roster) to be present at a meeting for a vote to take place.
      • This establishes your forum (members present at the meeting) at a meeting, and we encourage a ratio of 2/3 of the forum to determine the deciding vote.
    • Only active members should be given voting privileges.
    • Advisors and non-CSU entities do not have voting privileges regardless of their affiliation with the campus organization.

ARTICLE IV: Faculty/Staff Advisor

  • Make sure to describe how a faculty/staff advisor is chosen as well as any special responsibilities of the advisor (You can refer to the Student Organization Handbook for guidelines of advisor's responsibilities).

ARTICLE V: Officers

  • List the officer positions as well as their responsibilities.
  • List requirements to be an officer (i.e. Class standing, GPA)
    • CSU has a minimum GPA requirement of a 2.0 for officers. It is at the organization's discretion to set a higher standard.
  • Outline what happens if an officer does not do their job (resignation, impeachment, etc.)
  • Include details regarding the voting procedure outlined in Article III of this sample constitution.

ARTICLE VI: Committees

  • Describe committees as well as the specific jobs of each committee as well as how these committees are formed (Are members voted in, is it based on volunteerism, etc).


  • Times and locations established for meetings (i.e. the first Wednesday of each month or once per week/month). Remember to keep this as general as possible as your organization will address the changes to meeting times and places in the bylaws.


  • Dues: amount and when they must be paid
  • What happens when someone does not pay when specified?
  • Who has the authority to write checks for the organization and what signatures should be on the check?
  • Who has the authority to sign contracts? (Students usually do not have this authority).

ARTICLE IX: Amendments

  • The procedure for amending the constitution (Amendments to the constitution are listed in the Bylaws).
  • Are there a certain number of votes to do so? We again encourage the quorum/forum system.

ARTICLE X: Disbandment

  • If the organization "folds" what is the procedure? (i.e. How is money disbursed, who is responsible for files, etc.)
  • If someone decides to reactivate an organization later, what is the procedure? (i.e. notify advisor, department, Office of student Life, etc.)

ARTICLE XI: Parliamentary Procedures

  • Will you follow Robert's Rule of Order?
  • What is the quorum/forum to vote?
  • If there is someone in bad standing do they vote?
  • Appeals process for members in bad standing.

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