If you have a question and don’t see it listed, please contact
Student Life or call 651.846.1659.
How do I start a student group?
We recommend that you contact
Student Life to discuss the group you are interested in starting and learn about the process. You can formally start an organization or interest group by completing the
New Student Group Form. All new student organizations must create a constitution which will serve as the official governing document for the organization. Please note that this document will be shared during your meeting with Student Life.
How do I get members to join my student group?
Many students ask members in their class or program if they’d like to be a part of a student group, especially if the group aligns with your academic focus. Students will also post on the
SPC Mobile App student feed to gain interest and also attend
Student Senate General Assembly.
How are student groups funded?
Groups are funded using student fees that are granted by Student Senate through a mandatory annual budget process. They can also fundraise money using outside resources.
How do I find a student organization advisor?
That depends on what kind of student group you want to start. Student organizations are required to have an advisor, but interest groups are not required. If you were starting a Student Chefs Organization, asking faculty in the Culinary Arts Program could be a good start. However, there is no requirement your advisor have a formal connection to the purpose of the student group, only that they are a Saint Paul College staff or faculty member.
What are the responsibilities of a student organization advisor?
A complete list of responsibilities can be found in the Advisor Contract, however, their essential role is being a resource and guide for the group. They should attend all meetings and assist with setting group goals, planning activities, and act as a sounding board for other ideas or issues that may arise. Student Life provides training and resources for advisors in their efforts to support student groups.
How do I join Phi Theta Kappa?
Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society for two-year institutions. To be invited to the organization, you must have completed 12 consecutive college credits that count towards an AA, AS, AAS degree or diploma and have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher. Invitations generally come at the beginning of each semester (after grades have been posted from the previous term) and will be sent from Phi Theta Kappa headquarters. Be sure to check you junk folder settings in case your inbox filtered out your invitation. If you have questions about eligibility, please contact
What happens at a General Assembly?
The Student Senate President leads a meeting where students can share information, make decisions, or vote on issues relating to students. Student groups are required to have a presence at every General Assembly to remain in good standing. Student groups provide updates on recent activities and students serving on various college committees or work groups share information and ask for input regarding decisions being made that affect students. A typical meeting lasts for about an hour.