Get Involved

Get Involved

To get started, go to IUKLife. Get more information about club registration requirements. Build your profile; get information on groups you are interested in, and even possibly win some prizes! IUKLife is the premier way for you to be-in-the-know and get involved.

Any enrolled IU student can start a student organization by following the steps below.

  • Check IUKLife to see if the group you have in mind already exists. 
  • Make sure your organization meets the requirements to register with the University. Learn more about the Student Organization Policy and the registration requirements.
  • Fill out the Student Organization Registration form online in IUKLife. Log in with your CAS credentials, "Register a New Organization". After you submit, Student Life and Campus Diversity staff will contact you to set up an initial advising appointment and start your registration process. 

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Advisor for Student Organizations

The Office of Student Life and Campus Diversity registers a growing number of student organizations each year. The purpose and goals of these organizations are as varied and diverse as the interests of the students who compose the Indiana University Kokomo student population. Student organizations supplement the academic programs with learning experiences beyond the classroom or laboratory. They provide activities and services, personal growth and an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to work together in a more informal setting. Each student organization must have at least one advisor. Advisors should be members of the faculty or staff of Indiana University Kokomo. As an advisor to a student organization, you are a very special person. You give your time, dedication, and expertise in order to facilitate the growth of students through the group experience. Advisors provide a leadership role model and enable students to build, maintain and sustain a successful student organization.

The following guidelines have been established by the Association of College Unions-International in order to provide a better understanding of the multifaceted advisor role.

  • Advisors should meet with executive officers of their organizations for the following purposes:
    • To assist with the development of organizational programs.
    • To discuss organizational goals and directions.
    • To discuss the financial status of the organization.
    • To discuss the internal organizational difficulties and to assist the officers with their resolutions.
  • Advisors should be available to meet with organization officers and /or members when they request help.
  • Advisors should be familiar with the constitution and bylaws of their respective organizations and be prepared to render assistance with their interpretation.
  • Advisors should be familiar with the institution’s policies and rules which govern registered student organizations.
  • Advisors should strongly encourage their respective organizations to adhere to the policies and rules of the University as well as to obey local, state and national laws.
  • Advisors are strongly encouraged to attend the various functions of their organizations.
  • Advisors should not hesitate to contact the Dean of Students, or his/her staff members to discuss organizational problems, plans, or changes in organizational status which may be of interest or importance to the University.
  • The advisor should not hesitate to provide constructive criticism when deemed necessary: likewise, positive organizational accomplishments should be appropriately acknowledged. It is important for an advisor to attain and maintain the “pulse” of his/her group by developing a sense of the group’s personality and priorities.
  • The advisor should be aware of the fact that at times he/she will be called upon to serve as a personal confidant in organization-related matters.
  • Advisors have access to the University-maintained financial records of their respective organizations. Periodically these records should be reviewed. At times the advisor must be willing and prepared to tell his/her group that what it is doing, or planning to do, is wrong or inappropriate. This should be documented in a letter to the organization, with a copy being sent to the Office of Student Activities. Alternate suggestions should be offered when feasible. An individual assumes an advisor’s role voluntarily; however, even though serving as a volunteer, he/she is expected to uphold the interests of Indiana UniversityKokomo.
  • The advisor can expect to be asked to provide quick solutions to problems which he/she will be unable to render as rapidly as the group usually would like. An individual should not accept an invitation to serve as an advisor, or continue to serve if he/she is not prepared to fulfill the expectations of such. It would be advantageous to accept a position as an advisor to a group whose interests parallel those of the advisor.
  • An advisor should not hesitate to engage in the general discussion of organizational matters at meetings; however, he/she normally should not dominate discussions or become the focus of=attention.
  • An advisor should attempt to learn the names of the organization members as quickly as possible.
  • An advisor should not feel offended if he/she is not asked to be involved in all of the organization’s activities.
  • An advisor should realize that students often may not accept his/her advice as “gospel.” The appropriate role of the advisor is not to become “one of the gang”, nor is it to remain conspicuously aloof from the group.
  • An advisor should instead serve a supportive role while encouraging organizational members to assume responsibility for their actions and effectiveness of their programs.