Criteria For Approval

Student club proposals are evaluated by the Budgets & Clubs Board according to the following criteria:

  • Compliance with the Bates College handbook and College policies, including the College’s non-discrimination policy.
  • Clearly articulated purpose, objectives, and goals of the proposed student organization.
  • Demonstrated non-duplication of the mission/ purpose of previously recognized organizations. Demonstrated avoidance of evident similarity with another already-recognized student club.
  • Feasibility of funding the organization’s goals or projects.
  • Local autonomy of the organization: the organization makes decisions without obligation to any parent organization, national chapter, or charter.
  • Interest by no fewer than seven Bates student-members.
  • Demonstrated plan for sustainability of the organization.
  • Demonstrated benefit to the members, campus, and/or community.
  • Demonstrated need for recognition based on benefits provided to Bates-recognized organizations.