Application Process

Submitting a new club proposal to the Bates College Student Government (BCSG) Budgets & Clubs Board (BCB) is simple. Here is a basic outline of how to start a new club at Bates College:

  1. Any group that wishes to be an officially recognized club must first submit a New Club Application. In order for the process to run smoothly, constitutions included in the application must be well-formatted. Please refer to the Constitution Format Example for correct constitution format. Clubs that have carefully considered each of the constitution articles and have clearly put time into the document are more likely to be approved. Similarly, BCB looks favorably upon clubs that have clearly demonstrated an effort to bolster the sustainability of the club by including several first or second year students in their list of members.
  2. BCB members will thoroughly examine and discuss the submitted documents and ensure that each document meets the standards for a BCSG-recognized club. BCB operates as transparently as possible; standards and considerations are laid out in the Criteria For Approval.
  3. BCB will vote to approve bringing the proposed club’s constitution to BCSG. This decision will be made on majority vote.
  4. If the club is not approved by BCB, the organization can choose to enter the appeals process. Appeals must be made in writing within 7 days of receipt of the decision from BCB.
  5. If the club is approved by BCB, it will receive a congratulatory email, and directions to complete the club registration process. Registration is the final step toward official recognition.