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Classifications



The Office of Student Engagement & Leadership Development (SELD) utilizes a classification system to clarify privileges, responsibilities, governance and the legal relationship between recognized student organizations and Belmont University. Organizations fit into a particular classification by fulfilling every aspect of the definition for that classification.

The University conveys certain privileges to every student organization it recognizes including: 

  • Inclusion in student organization campus publications
  • Reservation and use of university facilities
  • Scheduling and promotion of events on the online university calendar
  • Marketing and publicity of events through on-campus postings and promotions
  • Participation in the annual BruinLink Fair
  • Organization page and use of all functions within BruinLink
  • Capability to petition SGA for grant funds
  • Exemption from state sales tax when paying for organizational goods with university funds

Classifications of Recognized Student Organizations 

Chartered Organizations

Purpose: Created by the university to directly support and enhance the mission of Belmont University. Considered a direct extension of the university, chartered organizations principally exist to serve or represent the campus community. They provide significant contributions and programming to the campus community. Advisor: A professional staff member from SELD serves as the advisor as a part of his/her official job description. Funding: Provided through the Division of Student Affairs. 

Chartered Organization responsibilities:

    • Attend monthly Presidents’ Council meetings
  • Individual members maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Meet regularly with advisor
  • Provide Annual Report, including fiscal details, to SELD
  • Manage budget in accordance with Belmont’s financial policies and procedures
  • Participate in annual leadership training
  • Register organization annually
  • Serve on other departmental/university committees as assigned
  • Participate in monthly Chartered Organization meetings
  • Anticipate driving personal vehicle for Belmont business
  • Register all organizational programming, both on and off campus, with SELD through BruinLink 
  • Abide by all University and SELD policies and procedures

Chartered Organizations additional privileges:

  • Use of the Belmont University Name & Logo
  • Use of a University watermark
  • Receive official organization email on the Belmont server
  • Serve on University committees
  • Serve as University student leadership liaison
  • Provided space in the Beaman Student Life Center
  • Access to complimentary design services from the Office of Communications
  • Receive Belmont Business Cards
  • Receive university name tags
  • Tax exempt status
Affiliated Organizations 

Purpose: Created by department or group of students to assist a department or program in achieving their institutional objectives. Sports Clubs and Faith Development Organizations are considered Affiliated organizations because of their departmental, college or school relationship. Advisor: A full time faculty or staff Advisor is required for all Affiliated organizations. Funding: Financial and resource support from department or program that they assist provided based on departmental discretion. 

Affiliated Organization responsibilities:

  • Attend monthly Presidents’ Council meetings
  • Individual members maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Meet regularly with advisor(s) 
  • Advisors meet regularly with SELD
  • Participate in required student organization trainings
  • Register organization annually
  • Anticipate driving personal vehicle for Belmont business
  • Register all organizational programming, both on and off campus, with SELD through BruinLink 
  • Abide by all University and SELD policies and procedures

Affiliated Organization additional privileges:

  • Use of the Belmont University name & logo
  • Receive official organization email on the Belmont server
  • Eligible for an on campus agency account 
  • Eligible to petition Student Government Association for grant funding subject to the SGA
  • On-going leadership development opportunities provided by SELD
Registered Organizations

Purpose: Initiated by a community of students who share a common interest. Registered organizations are student-created and student-led. Registered organizations are not legally tied to the university. Advisor: Not required, but encouraged. Funding: Does not receive funding from the university.

Registered Organization responsibilities:

  • Attend monthly President’s Council meetings. Required only if participating in the Student Government grant petition process
  • Individual members are not required to maintain a minimum GPA
  • Meeting regularly with advisor(s) is not required
  • Provide Annual Report to SELD is not required
  • Participate in annual student organization training
  • Register organization annually
  • Register all organizational programming, both on and off campus, with SELD through BruinLink 
  • Abide by all University and SELD policies and procedures

Registered Organization additional privileges:

  • Advising available by SELD
  • Eligible for an on-campus agency account 
  • Eligible to petition Student Government Association for grant funding subject to the SGA Grant Petition policies
  • On-going leadership development opportunities provided by SELD
Fraternity/Sorority

Purpose: Fraternities and sororities are nationally-affiliated, selective, social,single sex chapters that uphold Christian principles and ideals. Membership cannot be held in more than one Greek organization at the collegiate level and is determined based upon a mutual selection process. Advisor: A campus advisor is not required however each fraternity and sorority is required to have a primary chapter advisor who is endorsed by the national organization. Funding: Does not receive funding from the University.

Fraternity/Sorority responsibilities:

  • Attend monthly Presidents’ Council meetings
  • Individuals members maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Meet regularly with advisor
  • Provide Annual Report, including fiscal details to SELD
  • Participate in annual leadership training
  • Register organization annually
  • Register all organizational programming, both on and off campus, with SELD through BruinLink 
  • Chapters must remain in good standing with their national organization
  • Abide by all University and SELD policies and procedures

Fraternity/Sorority additional privileges:

  • Receive official organization email on the Belmont server
  • Access to on-campus storage space
  • Access to on-campus common fraternity/sorority and meeting space
  • Eligible for an on-campus agency account 
  • Eligible to petition Student Government Association for grant funding subject to the SGA Grant Petition policies
  • On-going leadership development opportunities provided by SELD


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