Student Clubs and Organizations

Establishment and Recognition of Clubs

In order for a club to be recognized as an official student club, the club’s purpose must be compatible with the University’s mission and Roman Catholic identity. No club or member of a club acting on its behalf may promote or participate in activity that is contrary to that mission or identity. Additionally, consistent with the University’s policy of nondiscrimination, organizations may not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or any other legally protected status, particularly in their membership selection and activities.

To begin the process of obtaining official University recognition, a representative of a group composed of at least ten (10) currently enrolled undergraduate students must make an appointment with the Program Coordinator for Clubs and Organizations in the Office of Student Activities to express interest and discuss necessary materials for submitting a proposal. Proposals are required to include a constitution, active roster, list of and description of proposed activities, and list of officers including a University faculty or staff advisor. All completed proposals for new clubs are reviewed by the Club Recognition Advisory Committee, appointed by ASUP. This committee then makes a recommendation to the Director of Student Activities who makes the final decision on whether the club will be recognized.

In order to retain recognition each year, a club must complete club re-recognition paperwork each spring semester. Renewal of club recognition is contingent upon the club remaining in good standing.

Student Organizations

Student organizations are separate entities sponsored by a campus department or an individual academic unit. While student organizations are not subject to the club recognition process, their membership composition, leadership structure, and activities are governed by the sponsor. Student organizations are also governed by all applicable provisions in Life on the Bluff.

Good Standing

In order to remain in good standing, activities encouraged, sponsored by, or participated in by a recognized club, student organization, or any member acting on the club or organization’s behalf must be consistent with the University’s mission and Catholic character. Clubs and organizations must abide by all University policies, as well as local, state, and federal law. Student groups should pay particularly close attention to policies regarding distribution and posting of literature, use of alcoholic beverages, use of campus facilities, trips and transportation, and campus regulations regarding noise and quiet hours. Interruption of or disruption to the ongoing activities of the University, including, but not limited to, activity in classrooms, residence halls, the Commons, and campus proper, is acceptable only with permission obtained through the Director of Student Activities.

Student Media

Student publications and the student press are valuable in establishing and maintaining an atmosphere of free and responsible discussion and of intellectual exploration on the campus. In delegating editorial responsibility to student editors, the University provides the editorial freedom necessary for the student publications to maintain their integrity of purpose as vehicles for free inquiry and free expression in an academic community. Student media editors and managers have control over editorial policies and news coverage, while bearing in mind their responsibility to allow for the expression of various points of view. A committee advises the University President on aspects of the media and professional student media advisors in the Office of Student Activities advise the student staff in each media on best journalistic practices. Additionally, all student media are subject to the same policies that govern all student organizations.

There are three official student media groups at the University of Portland: The Beacon (on-line student newspaper), The Log (student yearbook), and KDUP (student radio). All three media branches help maintain an atmosphere of free and responsible discussion and provide important channels for information to reach the campus community.

Print, electronic, and broadcast media funded in full or in part by the University, or by University solicited funds, or bearing University sponsorship by use of its name, may not contain advertisements that appear to contradict the University’s values or mission, or with subject matter that violates the standards of the University community. Prohibited subjects include, but are not limited to, tobacco, alcohol when promoting intoxication, drugs and/or drug paraphernalia, academic dishonesty, artificial contraception, abortion, and illegal activities.

All student media should carry a prominent statement that the opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the University or student body.