Student Organization Defined:
A student organization is a group of currently-enrolled Belmont University students who form
together for a common purpose, for which they do not receive academic credit. Any group of students which meets regularly, elects or appoints officers, collects dues, conducts a program or in any other way consistently functions as an organization is required to seek university recognition through the Office of Student Engagement & Leadership Development (SELD).
If an organization has a relationship with an outside or inter/national entity the policies and procedures of Belmont will supersede any of the outside affiliation. In no way do the goals, values, or events of an individual student organization represent those of the entire Belmont community.
Student Organization Behavioral Expectations
Student organization recognition comes with many privileges. With those privileges come expectations related to the behavior of student leaders and organizational members. Leaders and members of student organizations at Belmont University are expected to uphold all facets of the University’s Community Commitments and other policies found in The Bruin Guide. As an expression of the institution's vision, mission and values, student organizations and their members are expected to commit themselves to individual worth; personal integrity; critical thinking; self-control; and community responsibility. Additionally, when engaging in organizational activity, leaders and members are expected to:
- Positively represent the overall character, mission and values of Belmont University. Actions within the group, programs sponsored and the overall reputation of the organization ought to illustrate and advance the mission and Community Commitments of the university and model its highest aspirations for life in community. As a Christian university, we expect our student organizations and their members to behave in a manner that represents the Christian ideals of stewardship, faith, service and honesty.
- Conduct a consistent life on and off campus, on and off duty, in real and virtual/on-line contexts because credibility depends on student organization leaders and members acting in congruence with both their personal and university values regardless of the context of their actions.
- Comply with university policies regarding expression, discussion and debate. Such activity may not disrupt the orderly functioning of the university.
- Actively value and honor the similarities, differences and contributions of every individual as a unique and contributing member of the Belmont University community.
Belmont University affirms students’ opportunities to be involved in the campus and community, and student organizations provide one avenue to enrich the co-curricular experience. Organizational activity significantly influences individual experience and the campus culture in general. For this reason, the activities of student organizations’ members and guests are expected to be congruent with the University’s Community Commitments and to abide by all University rules, policies and procedures. This expectation applies to all organizational activities both on and off campus.
Additionally, activities planned or hosted by an individual member(s) of an organization may be considered organizational activities. Please note: the degree to which an organization is responsible for the activity of its members is not necessarily dependent upon the number of members engaging in the activity. When the act, event, or activity grows out of, or is directly related to, the student organization’s activities or an environment created and knowingly permitted by the organization, or when a member of an organization is violating local, state or federal law, the organization may be held responsible and may be subject to disciplinary action.
The following questions guide consideration of whether an event will be considered organizational activity:
- What is the purpose of the activity?
- Who is attending the activity? Why are they attending? Is it mandatory for members?
- What resources on funding are supporting the event?
- How is the event being publicized or communicated?
- Has organizational leadership (e.g. President, Advisor, Chairperson, etc.) helped to coordinate this activity or is leadership participating?
- Would a reasonable person think this activity is associated with your organization?
Belmont University is not responsible for any injury, damage, debt or other liability caused by the acts or omissions of student organizations that are in violation of the University’s Community Commitments, Student Organization Behavioral Expectations or other university policies found in The Bruin Guide.
If your organization needs assistance in determining if an activity is organizational in nature, a member should contact SELD for clarification prior to the activity.
Outdoor Grilling Policy
The Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County Fire Code prohibits the use and storage of grills within ten (10) feet of any combustible materials on any balcony or patio of a multi-family dwelling. Therefore, Belmont prohibits the possession of a private grill of any type by its residents or in any residential facilities, and outside grilling by individual residents not affiliated with a pre-approved university event is not permitted. Lighter fluids, gas cylinders/tanks, or any other flammable grill items may not be stored inside any university building.
Although outdoor grilling should not be a common method for programming, student organizations that receive approval from Student Engagement & Leadership Development and Event Services may. They must be at least ten feet away from university buildings an all of the following steps must be followed for approved use of the grill:
- The recognized student organization must submit their event to be approved at least 14 days prior to the event and include use of a grill in their event description. (For Event Services, your online space request must be at least 30 days in advance to be considered). Once approved the student organization must notify Campus Security (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least 24 hours in advance of scheduled cook-out.
- Student organizations must purchase drip pans and grill pads to go under the grill.
Safety Regulations for Grill Use:
- An appropriate fire extinguisher must be close at hand during use of any grill. Fire extinguishers can be checked out from Event Services should the organization not have access to one.
- Use only sufficient charcoal to cover the base of the grill to a depth of about two inches. Store any extra charcoal in a metal container with a tight-fitting lid, separate from the grill. Charcoal must be stored dry, as wet charcoal can spontaneously combust and start a fire.
- After use do not place hot coals in any garbage receptacle. Use a metal bucket full of water and safely immerse hot coals using tongs. Dispose of coals only in non-combustible containers.
- Never leave coals burning. Never dump the coals on the ground.
- Drip pans/grill pads must be used under the grill at all times to prevent grease and other items from dropping and attracting vermin.
- Failure to follow these guidelines will result in a student organization's loss of grill privileges on campus.
Food Preparation Regulations:
- Foods which are cooked on the grill should be dispensed directly from the grill using sanitary utensils and stored in clean containers with covers or wrapped if not immediately served. Do not serve raw or undercooked meals.
- All food cooked on the grill should be protected from dust, dirt, insects, rodents and other forms of contamination.
- All meats should be kept on ice at a temperature below 40 degrees and protected until cooked.
University Recognition for New Student Organization Application
When a group of students meets the definition of a student organization, it is required to apply for formal recognition by Belmont University. Recognition provides Belmont University the opportunity to extend resources and support to student organizations and to manage opportunities to enhance the student experience, enrich the campus community, and advance the mission and vision of the university. After receiving University recognition, student organization must remain in good standing and must annually renew their recognition status. Failure to annually renew recognition status will result in the organization being placed on inactive status. For more information regarding maintaining University Recognition please refer to the Student Organization Handbook. All recognized student organizations must comply with University policies and procedures. These policies and procedures are found in, but not limited to, The Bruin Guide, the Student Organization Handbook, and SELD.
Intent to Organize Process
The process for University Recognition starts with a consultation with a member of SELD and the student(s) interested in starting a new organization. This meeting provides an opportunity to dialogue about the intention of the organization, assures that there is not mission duplication with other existing organizations, addresses alignment with the university mission and provides support in navigating the recognition process.
After this consultation, prospective organizations are allowed to hold up to three (3) on-campus group meetings with expressed written permission from SELD. The presiding officer will provide SELD with the date, time and location for each of the three meetings. No official activities or events may be sponsored until a group has received official university recognition. Under no circumstance may an organization going through the recognition process use the Belmont University name or logo.
In order to assure consistent training and education for all student organizations, the University considers new organization request for recognition twice a year. All applications must be submitted by the third Friday of classes after the start of the term to SELD.
The following steps are required after the consultation with SELD in order to apply for University Recognition:
- University Recognition Request Form: Complete on-line form in its entirety
- Governing Documents: Provide an electronic copy of the proposed organization’s bylaws, constitution, and any other defining or governing documents. (Sample bylaws and constitution are provided at the informational meeting.)
- Leadership: Identify organization officers including their email addresses, BUID #’s, and phone numbers. Each student organization must have a Presiding Officer (e.g. president, director, chair, etc), a Vice President, an Event Services Contact, and a Financial Officer. Other suggested positions include, secretary, and historian.
- Organization Rationale: Provide a one page rationale that outlines how the organization’s mission and activity will:
- Be congruent with Belmont’s Mission, Vision and Values
- Represent a contribution to the existing campus life and the overall student experience
- Demonstrate how organizational activity will support an environment of inclusiveness and develop community.
- Membership: Provide an electronic list of prospective members that have expressed a commitment to join the organization if it is institutionally recognized. Belmont insists that there is enough interest from students that will sustain the organization beyond its initial founders.
- Advisor: Provide contact information for the proposed organization faculty/staff advisor. All Belmont faculty and staff members are eligible to serve as advisors of recognized organizations. Please refer to the Student Organization Classifications document to determine if an advisor is recommended or required for your student organization.
- Classification. Review the Student Organization Classifications for information for a detailed description of each classification and their privileges and responsibilities. Provide SELD with a recommendation for classification status that best fits the purpose and description of the anticipated organization. Any organization requesting Affiliated status must provide, in writing, confirmation from a University representative from the respective department/college that the organization would be affiliating with.
Final Approval Process
Upon submission of the completed Student Organization Application for University Recognition SELD reviews all provided documents in order to ensure:
- Completion of all required forms
- Consonance with University Mission
- Contribution to Campus Life
- Demonstrated commitment to developing community
For organizations satisfying the initial review, Student Engagement & Leadership Development will present the application to
the Student Life Council, a committee of the Faculty Senate comprised of faculty, staff and students,
for review and possible recommendations regarding the purpose and activity of the organization
relative to the university’s Mission and Community Commitments.
Finally, the Director of SELD considers Student Life Council recommendations and conveys or denies university recognition. Organization Presidents and Advisors, will be notified via email.
Newly-recognized student organizations must participate in the New Student Organization Orientation & Training Session led by SELD. No organizational activity may occur prior to completion of this orientation and training.
Withdrawal of University Recognition
Student organization recognition comes with many privileges. As the University grants these privileges upon conveying official recognition, it can withdraw them for cause. An organization found not living into the mission and purpose agreed upon by the organization and SELD, may lose privileges or may be placed on probation. Additionally, any organization found responsible for a major violation of University policies or found responsible for a series of violations of University policies may lose privileges, may be placed on probation, or may lose official University recognition status.
Belmont University is committed to the values of individual worth, personal integrity, critical thinking, self control, community responsibility, and providing an atmosphere that nurtures the individual’s self-esteem and growth. Hazing or any other activity that is an affront to the dignity and self-respect of any person is strictly prohibited by the university. Additionally, hazing is prohibited by law in the state of Tennessee (TN Code 49-7-123).Any individual or organization found in violation of the anti-hazing policy is subject to university disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution. Any retaliation against any person who reports, is a witness to, is involved with or cooperates with the adjudication of hazing is strictly prohibited.
The University prohibits hazing by individuals or groups and defines it as follows:
Hazing is any reckless or intentional act, occurring on or off campus, that produces physical, mental, or emotional pain, discomfort, humiliation, embarrassment, or ridicule directed toward other students or groups (regardless of their willingness to participate), that is required or expected for affiliation and which is not related to the mission of the team, group, or organization. This includes any activity, whether it is presented as optional or required, that places individuals in a position of servitude as a condition of affiliation. Prohibited acts of hazing include but are not limited to those covered under Tennessee State law. All students are subject to federal, state and local laws, and rules and regulations of Belmont University
A person or organization violates the Anti-Hazing policy if they:
- engage in hazing;
- solicit, encourage, direct, aid, or attempt to aid another in engaging in hazing;
- intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly permit hazing to occur; or
- have firsthand knowledge of the planning of a specific hazing incident involving a student in an educational institution, or firsthand knowledge that a specific hazing incident has occurred, and knowingly fail to report said knowledge in writing to the Dean of Students or other appropriate officials of the institution.
Though it would be impossible to list all behavior that may be considered hazing, the following are some examples of hazing and are prohibited:
- any physical act of violence expected of, or inflicted upon, another including marking or branding
- any physical activity expected of, or inflicted upon, another, including calisthenics; sleep deprivation or excessive fatigue as the result of an activity, lines-ups and berating
- any activity involving consumption of a food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, liquor, drug, or other substance which subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or which adversely effects the mental or physical health or safety of the student
- pressure or coercion of another to consume any legal or illegal substance
- making available unlawful substances
- completing tasks in order to obtains signatures
- required carrying of or possessing of a specific item or items
- servitude (expecting a new member to do the tasks of an experienced member)
- scavenger or treasure hunts
- forced exposure to the weather
- assignment of illegal and unlawful activities
- kidnapping, forced road trips, and abandonment
- costuming and alteration of appearance
- coerced lewd conduct; degrading games, activities or public stunts
- interference with academic pursuits
If an organization has any questions about hazing, or would like education and training regarding the anti-hazing policy please contact SELD.
Hazing “Myths and Facts”
Myth No. 1: Hazing is primarily a problem for fraternities and sororities.
Fact: Hazing is a societal problem. Hazing incidents have been frequently documented in the military, athletic teams, marching bands, religious cults, professional schools and other types of clubs and/or organizations. Reports of hazing activities in high schools are on the rise.
Myth No. 2: Hazing is no more than foolish pranks that sometimes go awry.
Fact: Hazing is an act of power and control over others – it is victimization. Hazing is pre-meditated and NOT accidental. Hazing is abusive, degrading and often life-threatening.
Myth No. 3: As long as there’s no malicious intent, a little hazing should be OK.
Fact: Even if there’s no malicious “intent,” safety may still be a factor in traditional hazing activities that are considered to be “all in good fun.” For example, serious accidents have occurred during scavenger hunts and kidnapping trips. Besides, what purpose do such activities serve in promoting the growth and development of group team members?
Myth No. 4: Hazing is an effective way to teach respect and develop discipline.
Fact: First of all, respect must be EARNED—not taught. Victims of hazing rarely report having respect for those who have hazed them. Just like other forms of victimization, hazing breeds mistrust, apathy and alienation.
Myth No. 5: If someone agrees to participate in an activity, it can’t be considered hazing.
Fact: In states that have laws against hazing, consent of the victim can’t be used as a defense in a civil suit. This is because even if someone agrees to participate in a potentially hazardous action it may not be true consent when considering the peer pressure and desire to belong to the group.
Myth No. 6: It’s difficult to determine whether or
not a certain activity is hazing—it’s such a gray
Fact: It’s not difficult to decide if an activity is
hazing if you use common sense and ask yourself the following questions:
- Is alcohol involved?
- Will active/current members of the group refuse to participate with the new members and do exactly what they’re being asked to do?
- Does the activity risk emotional or physical abuse?
- Is there risk of injury or a question of safety?
- Do you have any reservation describing the activity to your parents, to a professor or university official?
- Would you object to the activity being photographed for the school newspaper or filmed by the local TV news crew?
If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” the activity is probably hazing.
**Adapted from: StopHazing.org, Educating to Eliminate Hazing. Copyright StopHazing.org 1998-2001. www.stophazing.org
Addendum to the Substance-free Campus Policy
Belmont University has a Substance Free Campus Policy, located in the Bruin Guide, which addresses the specific rules and expectations regarding the use of alcohol and illegal drugs. Student organizations are required to be congruent with the Substance Free Campus Policy, the Community Commitments and to abide by all other rules, policies and procedures of the university found in the Bruin Guide. The expectations apply to all organizational activities both on and off campus.
In addition, student organizations may not host or participate in events held at establishments whose primary purpose is selling alcohol.
When fundraising student organizations may not partner, receive funds or goods from venues or vendors whose primary purpose is selling alcohol. Organization members should at no time serve or dispense alcoholic beverages. All student organization fundraising activity must be in compliance with the Student Organization Fundraising Policy.
Contractual Agreements Policy
SELD utilizes a classification system to clarify privileges, responsibilities, governance and the legal relationship between the student organization and Belmont University. Involvement in a student organization often presents opportunities to work with off-campus third parties, such as vendors, venues and booking agencies. Most of these working relationships utilize professional agreements in the form of a contract. Contracts are binding agreements between the two parties in which one party agrees to provide specific products or services in return for action of remuneration from the other. Student organizations do not have the authority in themselves to make any commitments on behalf of Belmont University and enter into contractual agreements only on their own behalf.
Chartered & Affiliated Student Organizations
Belmont University views Chartered organizations as “extensions of the University” and Affiliated organizations as organizations that “assist university departments in achieving their institutional objectives”. Thus, Chartered and Affiliated organizations are permitted to enter into contractual relationships with external third parties only if contracts are signed by the Office of the Dean of Students. The Office of the Dean of Students requires the signature of the Chartered or Affiliated organizations’ advisor prior to its endorsement.
Please allow for five to seven school days for approval. Contracts entered into without the prior written approval or endorsement from the Office of the Dean of Students are the exclusive responsibility of the student organization and/or its outside or inter/national entity.
Registered & Fraternity/Sorority Student Organizations
Registered and Fraternity/Sorority organizations are considered to be independent from the university and thus they do not have the authority to commit the university to any contractual agreements. Therefore, any contract between the student organization and the outside party binds only those parties and must not include Belmont University.
In cases where an organization incurs an expense by entering into a contractual agreement, it is the responsibility of that student organization to give an official written statement to the outside party indicating that the outside party may not rely upon Belmont University to fulfill the obligations of the contract in the event that the organization is unable to or unwilling to do so.
Below is the written statement that must be included in all Registered, Fraternity/Sorority Organization contractual agreements:
__________________ (name of student organization) is not owned, controlled, or managed by Belmont University. Belmont University assumes no responsibility for the contractual obligations of _________________(name of student organization).
In order to ensure the safety of everyone, reduce the risks, loss and liability involved in using and occupying motor vehicles and to prevent harm to Belmont property, staff, students and the public the university has created the following policies.
Chartered and Affiliated Student Organizations
Student groups recognized by the university as Chartered or Affiliated Organizations must provide the following information via BruinLink. Chartered Organizations must do so on an annual basis. Affiliated Organizations must do so any time organizational activity requires travel greater than 50 miles from campus. Organization Travel Registration Form (applicable to Affiliated organizations only)
- Complete travel itinerary including arrival/departure time, mode of transportation, overview of schedule and lodging in event submission via BruinLink
- Medical Information Form for each traveler (must travel with copies in case of emergency)
- Signed copy of Personal Vehicle Safety Form
Note: If a Chartered or Affiliated organization travels overnight, their Advisor must accompany the organization.
Registered and Fraternity/Sorority Student Organizations
Student groups recognized by the university as Registered or Fraternity/Sorority organizations must submit via BruinLink a completed Organization Travel Registration form and the following supporting documents each time organizational activity requires travel greater than 120 miles one-way, or overnight
- Complete travel itinerary including arrival/departure time, mode of transportation, schedule of activities and lodging included in event submission via BruinLink
- Medical Information Form for each traveler (must travel with copies in case of emergency)
- Completed Assumption of Risk Form for each traveler
Air and Mass-Transit Travel
In any case that a recognized student organization is traveling by air or mass transit, the student organization is required to submit to SELD a completed Organization Travel Registration form with the following supporting documents:
- Copy of complete travel itinerary including arrival/departure time, mode of transportation, schedule of activities and lodging.
- Assumption of Risk Form for each traveler
- Medical Information Form for each traveler (must travel with copies in case of emergency)
Chartered & Affiliated Student Organization
Personal Vehicle Driver Safety & Release Form
The purpose of this form is to ensure the safety of everyone using and occupying a personal vehicle on Belmont University business, reduce the risks, loss, and liability involved in such use, and prevent harm to Belmont University student organizations by reducing the likelihood of accidents.
The following are personal vehicle safety requirements as identified by Belmont University Office of Safety Programs:
- No other driver is allowed to operate the vehicle other than those assigned for the event scheduled.
- The possession of alcoholic beverages, firearms, or illegal drugs is prohibited inside the vehicle(s).
- Driving, operating, using or occupying a vehicle on Belmont University business by anyone who has consumed or ingested alcohol, any controlled or illegal substance, or drug is strictly prohibited, unless the drug has been prescribed by a physician having knowledge that a vehicle may be operated or used by that person while under the influence of the controlled substance or drug.
- Drivers are prohibited from operating a vehicle on Belmont University business when their judgment is impaired by any circumstance, such as fatigue or taking over-the-counter medications causing drowsiness.
- The driver of the vehicle must announce to the vehicle passengers before starting the vehicle that the passengers are required to put on their seat belts.
- The driver of the vehicle must obey all local and state traffic rules, laws and regulations at all times. Belmont University will not be responsible for any moving violations or parking citations received by the driver.
- Drivers are prohibited from picking up hitch-hikers or giving rides to strangers.
- All passengers must be in a seat that has a working seat belt.
- Drivers are prohibited from using mobile devices while driving. Usage includes, but is not limited to, texting, emailing, or talking on the phone.
In the event of an accident involving a vehicle on Belmont University business, several requirements must be met. These requirements are:
- Call 911.
- If possible, move all passengers away from the vehicle.
- Call Advisor, if not present. Organization Advisor will contact the university.
- Have a police report made on the accident. Get the Accident Number and Reporting Officer’s name.
- Obtain the names of other drivers involved, how they can be reached, and their insurance information.
- Write down everything you can remember about the accident, including the names and phone numbers of all the vehicle occupants.
- Upon returning to Belmont, deliver all the above information to SELD.
Driver Release Statement
I agree to follow all the above-mentioned rules while on Belmont University business. I agree to hold Belmont harmless from and indemnify it against any injury or harm arising out of my failure to observe these rules. I confirm that my vehicle is in sound mechanical condition and safe to operate and occupy.
Print Name Signed Name
Organizations recognized by the University as Charted and Affiliated Organizations have the privilege of using the Belmont University name and logo and, when approved, an additional mark as identified by the Office of Communications.
The Belmont University logo signifies the university’s endorsement and should be placed on all Chartered and Affiliated organization materials used as the official identifier.
The logo consists of the image and the text as one entity and may not be manipulated/separated in any way. The logo may only be reproduced in blue (PMS 281) or black. The logo may also be reversed out in white from 100% of the background color. For visuals and complete branding guidelines go to:
Public Performance Exhibition
The University has a copyright policy that addresses appropriate behavior regarding copyrighted works. (http://www.belmont.edu/studentaffairs/bruinguide/conduct_code/copyright.html)
The Federal Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code) governs how copyrighted materials (such as film) may be used. Buying a film, in most cases, does not give one the right to show the film outside of one’s home or residence hall room. Any public showing requires a license.
Motion picture titles are listed with certain corporations that license them for public viewing for colleges, hospitals, airlines, etc. These corporations have the authority to give customers the legal right to show movies. Films cannot be shown at meetings, events or in residence hall lounges without obtaining a public performance license, even if no admission fee is charged. If done “willfully and for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain,” they are a federal crime (Section 506). Even innocent or inadvertent infringers are subject to substantial civil damages (ranging from $500 to $20,000 for each illegal showing) and other penalties such as court costs and attorney’s fees (Sections 501-505).
“Face-to-face” teaching exemption: The “face-to-face teaching exemption” is valid only in situations where a teacher is present in a classroom, using a film for the purpose of teaching to students in a so-called “face-to-face” manner. This educational exemption is narrowly defined and only applies to full-time, nonprofit academic institutions. This would include classroom and Convocation programs but does not include recreational activities.
If you are planning a Convocation program that involves showing a movie, you MUST limit attendance to Belmont students, faculty and staff. Copyright laws do not allow non-university affiliated people to be in attendance for these types of programs. You will be required to obtain a public performance license on Convocation film programs that are open to the public.
Film Policy Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a Public Performance Exhibition? Any public showing of a copyrighted film that is not within the privacy of one’s home or residence hall room is a public performance.
- How do we legally show a movie to a large group of people? You have to pay for a license to show it.
- If we don’t charge any admission or if I own the film, can we show it without paying for the license? No, that still constitutes a public performance and it is illegal to have a public performance of a film if you have not secured the rights. .
- If I download or rent the movie can I show it as a public performance without paying for the license? No, the “home use” versions of movies, obtained from film stores, retailers, etc., are not cleared for public performance use by colleges, schools, etc. because proper licensing fees to the copyright owners have not been paid for such use.
- Who does Belmont typically use when ordering film? Belmont uses SWANK Motion Pictures, Inc. for most of its movie needs including Program Board’s Monthly Movie Night Program and other public viewings.
- Does Belmont receive a discounted rate to order movies from SWANK since Program Board has a contract with them for their Monthly Movie Nights? No, the Program Board contract is completely separate and if an individual group/student organization wants to show a movie, they have to order their film selection with SWANK directly.
- How much does it cost to show a movie on campus for a group of students? Movies vary in cost. Belmont qualifies for the small school pricing level, but it still costs between $175-$600 to show a movie for public viewing.
Multiple Student Leadership Policy
As we aspire to be exceptional at engaging and educating students, the Division of Student Affairs believes that in order to maximize the students potential and to ensure the success of each organization, a student may hold only one concurrent executive leadership position, as defined by the Division of Student Affairs, at a time.
Executive leadership positions as defined by the Division of Student Affairs include the following positions within the following organizations:
- SGA (SGA)President & Vice President
- Student Activities Programming Board (Executive Board members)
- Orientation Council
- IFC, NPC, NPHC Officers (President, VP & Secretary/Treasurer)
- Greek Council Officers - IFC, NPC, NPHC Officers (President & VP of Recruitment)
- Fitness & Recreation Student Coordinators
- Towering Tradition Leaders
- Bruin Recruiter President
Note: Resident Assistants who wish to participate in an executive leadership position listed above must first receive approval from upper administration in Residence Life.
Presidents’ Council Attendance Policy
Presidents’ Council is a monthly informational meeting led by SELD. The purpose of the Presidents’ Council is to coordinate efforts between organizations and relay information about student life. In addition the Presidents’ Council provides a forum for student organization leaders to discuss issues surrounding their specific organizations, campus life, and upcoming events. All organizations recognized by the University are required to have representation at all Presidents’ Council meetings.
All Presidents’ Council meetings are listed on the BruinLink calendar. Minutes from each Presidents’ Council meeting will be published to the SELD BruinLink page following each meeting.
Academic Preparation Day Policy (Dead Day Policy)
SELD recognizes Academic Preparation Day as a valuable opportunity for Belmont students to prepare for the final examination period at the close of the academic semester. In support of the mission and values of Belmont’s academic programs and in order to best support the overall academic success of all Belmont students, student organizations are not allowed to program or sponsor events after the last day of classes.
Belmont University Posting Policy
Belmont University is committed to supporting student engagement in and out of the classroom and to providing a campus environment that is safe, orderly, and aesthetically pleasing. To this end, posting on campus is permitted by members of the university community subject to the guidelines and approval processes below. (Note: Materials associated with specific academic and departmental information and activities may be posted by university personnel on bulletin boards in departmental offices/areas and are not subject to approval via this posting policy.)
General Guidelines, Access, & Privileges
Posting on campus is permitted only by members of the university community. Specifically, current and recognized student organizations, university departments, academic units, faculty, staff, and students are eligible to post on campus.
Posting is permitted only on Bruin Boards and the exterior columns of the Gabhart Student Center. Posting anywhere other than these areas is prohibited. Organizations and/or individuals associated with unauthorized posting may be subject to disciplinary action.
“Chalking” surfaces and taping, stapling, or otherwise affixing materials to painted surfaces and/or glass potentially damages university property and is strictly prohibited. Additionally, flyers may not be placed on vehicles or left in university facilities.
All postings must be approved prior to posting on-campus. Any posted material lacking university approval (denoted by an original, non-reproduced, dated approval stamp) or posted past the noted date will be removed. The university is not responsible for the condition of posted materials and will not return materials that are removed.
All postings within university dining areas, including the Curb Café, must be approved by the Sodexo General Manager. To contact the General Manager for approval, call 460.6461.
Approved materials may be posted on campus for up to 14 days.
Approval Process, Posting Specifications
A maximum of 20 individual posters per event may be posted. Posting materials may not exceed 11x17. Organizations wishing to display a banner must seek separate approval via SELD.
Individuals wishing to post on campus must complete a Posting Request Form, available in the Office of Student Engagement & Leadership Development, and submit all materials (actual posters, flyers, etc.) to be posted.
The approval process typically takes 24 hours during the normal business work week.
In order to be considered, postings must be initiated by a member of the Belmont Community (i.e. current students, faculty, or staff of the university), announce information applicable and/or events open to the entire Belmont University community, and demonstrate direct connection to a member of the Belmont Community or extension of the university’s life and work.
Postings with subjects or content that is not consonant with Belmont University’s Governing Ideas or the University’s Community Commitments are prohibited. This includes but is not limited to postings that promote the sale or use of alcoholic beverages, the use or sale of tobacco or the use of sexually explicit, obscene, derogatory or inflammatory language.
Damages and Loss of Privileges
Any organization and/or individual member of the Belmont community found in violation of the Posting Policy is subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, monetary fine, damage assessment, loss of posting privileges, etc.
Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Fan Code of Conduct
The Ohio Valley Conference and its member institutions are committed to creating a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience for all fans attending OVC contests. We ask that all fans act in a responsible and courteous manner. Abusive language or disorderly conduct is unacceptable and unwelcome. When attending an OVC contest, fans are expected to refrain from the following behaviors:
- Behavior that is unruly, disruptive, or illegal in nature
- Intoxication or other signs of alcohol impairment that results in irresponsible behavior
- Vulgar, abusive, racist, sexist, demeaning or intimidating language or obscene gestures
- Interference with the progress of the game (including throwing objects onto the playing surface)
- Verbal or physical harassment of opposing teams and their fans
- Failing to follow instructions of stadium personnel
Guests will be treated in a consistent, professional and courteous manner by all facility and institutional personnel. Fans are encouraged to report any inappropriate behavior to the nearest usher, security guard or institutional administrator. Facility staff and/or security will promptly intervene to support an environment where fans and their guests can enjoy the event free from the above behavior. Fans that violate these provisions will be subject to removal from the contest site.
The Ohio Valley Conference and its member institutions thank you for adhering to the provisions of the Ohio Valley Conference Fan Code of Conduct.
Student organizations looking for funding to support their programming often look to solicitating a company or individual to provide a financial or "in kind" donation/gift to support their efforts. Many local companies and individuals want to support student organization events. Oftentimes, these same companies are working with Belmont to establish scholarships, endowments, building funds or programming. When a student organization works together with the Office of Development the approach to donors can be coordinated and strategic to maximize the benefits to meet everyone's needs.
Belmont's Office of Development maintains an active solicitation plan for institutional priorities that benefits the largest number of people and programs possible. For this reason, solicitations or sponsorships by student organizations must be pre-approved by Student Engagement & Leadership Development and the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations to insure that those being considered for gifts are not asked multiple times and that donors are stewarded in the appropriate manner.
All student organizations are required to submit a Solicitation Form via the SELD page in BruinLink before any contacts are made with potential donors. The Director of SELD will review all requests and contact the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations to ensure that the donor is available to solicit. In some cases an organization's request may be denied if the business or donor has already been approached numerous times or is currently being asked for a gift. Belmont believes that fundraising by student organizations can be a vital part of the student educational experience; however, because the Institution is also engaged in fundraising, it is imperative that hte policy is followed.
Student Organization Accountability Process
The information provided below is a brief overview of the student organization disciplinary process. For a full review of the process please refer to The Bruin Guide. Additionally, the university has the authority to take emergency action against an organization for alleged violations of our commitments and policies, which is outlined within this overview.
In addition to addressing violations on an organizational level, Belmont University reserves the right to address individual students through the disciplinary process.
Any individual inside or outside of the Belmont community may report a possible violation by a student organization of the university’s Community Commitments and policies. Interfraternity, Panhellenic and National Pan-Hellenic Council policy violations are to be adjudicated by the appropriate campus governing councils.
Possible university violations should be reported directly to the Director for Community Accountability by emailing email@example.com. Reports should include the following information:
- a narrative of the incident-describe what occurred,
- name of the organization(s) involved,
- names of individual students (if possible),
- and contact information of the individual reporting the incident.
Once a report has been made, the Director for Community Accountability and the Director of Student Engagement & Leadership Development will begin a review of the incident report.
During the review of the incident report, details will be shared and discussed with the parties outlined below to determine if a possible violation of policy has occurred.
The parties present during a review are as follows:
- Director for Community Accountability
- Director of Student Engagement & Leadership Development (or designee)
- If applicable, a designee from the organization’s governing body or campus advisor may be included.
The Dean of Students office and SELD will have final authority to determine whether the incident should be formally adjudicated and the decision of the assignment of the appropriate adjudication body. The adjudication process will be guided by fundamental fairness. If determined that there is not sufficient information to indicate a possible violation, the process will cease to continue beyond the review.
Should a review of the report lead to a student organization’s adjudication process with the Dean of Students Office or SELD, the student organization will receive official notice, commonly provided to the President and, if applicable the advisor, through a Community Conduct Form. The Community Conduct Form (also known as a CC Form) acts as official university notice to the student organization. The Community Conduct Form will document the alleged violation and direct the student organization in the next steps in the process. Please read the Community Conduct Form carefully, front and back, and substitute student organization in place of student.
Student Organization Response
When a student organization receives a Community Conduct Form, the organization may be asked to respond to the allegations at the time of notification. The student organization has the right to respond immediately or wait 3 working days. A student organization response (outlined in part 1 of the Community Conduct Form) requires the student organization to accept responsibility, deny responsibility, or accept partial responsibility for the violation(s) on the form. If a student organization does not wish to respond immediately, the student organization has 3 working days to respond to the notification and must set up another meeting with the Coordinator for Student Conduct & Academic Integrity to determine the next steps within the process.
Failure to respond and/or schedule an appointment may result in the adjudication of a student organization’s case in abstention.
There are two methods of Belmont University adjudication: Conference and Inquiry. A conference may be conducted when a student organization has accepted responsibility for the violation(s). An inquiry is conducted when a student organization either does not accept responsibility or accepts some but not all responsibility. The purpose of an inquiry is to find the facts of the incident and determine if the student organization is responsible or not responsible for the alleged violations.
There are many Belmont University adjudication bodies and officers that are trained and capable of conducting a conference or inquiry. The Community Conduct Board is one entity trained to hear student organization inquiries and conferences. In addition, other University adjudication officers may include a designee of SELD or designee of the Dean of Students Office.
After a Belmont University disciplinary process the student organization will receive a response from the university. The response indicates the decision by the University of responsible or not responsible. If the student organization is found responsible, the University will have determined appropriate sanctions, which will be outlined within this response. Additionally, the student organization’s outcome will be communicated with the organization’s governing body or campus advisor, if applicable.
The philosophy behind Belmont University’s sanctioning process is education. It is designed to be developmental. Therefore, when a student organization is called to face the consequences of its actions, the primary focus is on assisting the members of the organization in learning why the behavior is inappropriate. In determining appropriate sanctions for conduct violations, the institution is guided by three considerations: education, restitution, and punishment. More information about the three considerations and sanctions can be found in The Bruin Guide.
An appeal is not an inquiry or rehearing of the case, but rather the opportunity for the organization to prove that an error has occurred during the initial inquiry/conference process. The bases for an appeal must address one or more of the following criteria:
- There is evidence that appropriate procedures were not followed which may have a bearing on the initial decision.
- New information that was not available at the time of the original inquiry/conference which may have a bearing on the initial decision.
- There is evidence of bias that may have a bearing on the initial decision.
- There is reason to believe the sanction(s) is extraordinarily disproportionate to the violation.
The initial University response can be appealed. In order to appeal, a student organization must complete the Appeal Request Form within 3 working days of receiving the university’s written response and submit the Appeal Request Form to the Dean of Students Office (located in the Beaman Student Life Center 200).
If you have further questions, regarding the appeal process, please contact the Coordinator for Student Conduct & Academic Integrity at 615-460-6407 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.