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Guidelines for Starting a New Student Group

Any student(s) at the Bloomberg School may organize a group of students and apply to the Student Assembly to gain official recognition of the group.  

To apply to have your group officially recognized you will need to fill out an application for new student group recognition and submit it to the VP for Student Groups at sastdgrp@jhsph.edu.

There are many benefits to being recognized, including:

  1. The ability to reserve classrooms, conference rooms or other space within the school for group meetings or events;
  2. The ability to request funding for events from the Student Assembly and/or the Alumni association and to have a budget account with the School Administration;
  3. The ability to advertise group meetings and events on the Activities-L listserv, on the Student Assembly bulletin board and on the Student Events Calendar;
  4. The use of a group e-mail account and a group webpage.

Only groups whose mission statement and proposed activities are deemed to be of interest and value to students at the Bloomberg School, and whose goals are not already being adequately addressed by existing student groups will be granted official status.

Your application should be received no less than 10 days before the regularly scheduled Student Assembly meeting at which you’d like the application to be reviewed.  

One representative from your group must be present at the meeting to provide a description of the group and answer any questions.  

New group applications are placed at or near the top of the agenda, so be prepared to be at the meeting promptly at 12:15 pm.  

You are welcome to remain for the rest of the meeting, but it is not required.

Once your application is reviewed, members of the Student Assembly will vote on whether or not to officially recognize the new group. If the vote is to not officially recognize the new group, you may resubmit a new application, with appropriate changes, at a later date. If the vote is in favor of recognizing your group, you will be contacted shortly after with an email containing information on your group’s new email address, website information and other pertinent information.

Once recognized, you do not need to resubmit an application from year to year. You must, however, continue to meet the requirements for recognized student groups.

If you have any questions about this process, you can contact the Student Assembly directly.