At University of Tennessee Southern, we know how important it is for students to be actively engaged in campus life and in our surrounding community.
Requirements to Establish Recognized Organizations
We will help you find the clubs and organizations that are the best fits for you. Whether you choose to be an active member or accept a leadership position, your contributions will be invaluable to the organizations you join.
The following procedure must be used for groups seeking recognition as The University of Tennessee Southern organizations:
- Application for recognition of The University of Tennessee Southern approval should include the purpose of the club and types of proposed activities: UTS Registered Student Organization Application
- Constitution which should include name, purpose, meetings, officers, and terms, rules of membership, and other information deemed relevant to the operation of the organization;
- By-Laws of the organization:
- Signature of the members (minimum of five) and advisor.
- Once any of the above form is completed, please save a copy to your computer and email a copy to Brittany Trevarthen at email@example.com.
When the above information has been compiled, it should be delivered to the Assistant Director of Student Activities for evaluation. He/she may recommend that the President of The University of Tennessee Southern grant full recognition to the group or he/she may reject the group’s petition and specify the reasons. If a group were denied, it would have an opportunity to rectify the deficiencies and resubmit the materials for approval. The President of University of Tennessee Southern must grant final recognition
Rules for Student Organizations
- Advisors – Each organization shall be free to choose its Faculty or Staff Advisor who, by accepting appointment, agrees to maintain contact with the organization so as to be familiar with its program and personnel, keeping in mind not only the objectives of the particular group but also the best interest of The University of Tennessee Southern.
- Discriminatory Clauses – No student organizations, which have any restrictive clauses with regard to race, color, creed, or national origin, will be granted college recognition.
- Hazing – No student or organization of the college shall engage in hazing or committing an act that injures, frightens, degrades, or disgraces a person attending the college. Students and/or organizations involved in hazing shall be subject to disciplinary action. Use of The University of Tennessee Southern Facilities – Events involving the use of college facilities must be authorized by the Vice President of Student Affairs or by the person in charge of the facility.
- Good Standing– In order for an organization to remain in good standing, the organization must hold regular meetings throughout each semester, attend Activities Fairs at the beginning of each semester, and participate as an organization in at least one campus-wide event.
UTS Registered Student Organization Policies & Processes
Students wishing to start a new club or organizations must complete the following form: click here.
If travel will be required in your club or organization please complete the following form: click here.
If you are planning an event for your club or organization please complete the following form: click here.
Once any of the above forms are completed, please save a copy to your computer and email a copy to Brittany Trevarthen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student organizations enjoy the privilege of using The University of Tennessee Southern facilities to host events. Student organization events must be approved by the Assistant Director of Student Activities, and any events including outside speakers must be approved by the Vice President of Student Affairs as well. Student organizations must fill out a Student Organization Event Form and submit it for approval to the Assistant Director of Student Activities two weeks before the anticipated date of the event. For events to be approved at UT Southern, they must be separately approved by the Provost.
All registered student organizations are required to complete the Notification of Student Travel Form and submit it for approval to the Assistant Director of Student Activities ten business before the departure date. The student organization must appoint a travel liaison to coordinate the group’s travel and communicate the travel plans to the Assistant Director of Student Activities. The travel liaison may be the same student for the entire academic year or may change with each trip. All student organizations are required to have a UT Southern student organization advisor on the entire trip.
Active Registered Student Organizations
- Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) The main purpose of the BCM is to help UTS students in their understanding of a life in Jesus Christ by equipping them to serve their campus, the local community, and area churches. We accomplish this through group meetings and service projects, both on and off campus. Advisor: Rodney Hawkins
- Christian Student Ministry – The Purpose of Christian Student Ministry is to study the word of God through reading the Scripture and finding ways to apply it to our everyday lives. We will do this through evangelism, community service, and fellowship.
- Commuters Assemble Provide opportunities and support for commuters wanting to be more involved on campus. They will promote social and academic growth and provide a fun and safe space for the university’s commuters. Advisor: Brittany Trevarthen
- Crafty Creations Club
- Criminal Justice Hosts events that allow students at the University of Tennessee Southern to get a better understanding of historical events pertaining to the criminal justice system, members that are involved in law enforcement, and what their job entails. Advisors: Richard Schoeberl and Dan Scherr
- Equality Alliance Through understanding and awareness, this group hopes to prevent discrimination and promote unity between all sexual orientations and gender identities. Advisors: Barry Rich and Melissa Ryckman
- FCA Focuses on serving local communities around the globe by engaging, equipping, and empowering coaches and athletes to unite, inspire and change the world through the gospel. This club is an interdenominational ministry open to all but targets coaches, athletes, and students utilizing them to influence others for Christ. The meeting schedule fluctuates with the athletic calendar. Advisor: Kennie Kitchens
- Pulaski Ukulele Group (P.U.G) Promote the learning of the Ukulele by playing, singing, and teaching the basics of the Ukulele. Advisor: Guy Schafer
- Residence Hall Council This club is an advocate for residents’ concerns, provides opportunities for students to meet and socialize, and supports and plans events within/between the residential community and the campus as a whole. Advisor: Sarah Catherine Richardson
- SGA Elected members from each class and executive members support the rights and responsibility of the student body of The University of Tennessee Southern and promote awareness. Advisor: Daniel McMasters
- Spooky Season Club Supply support for anyone to be more expressive to their scary side and to encourage the difference cultures and folk lore. Telling scary stories and creating a haunted house for students to walk through during the month of October. Advisor: Guy Schafer
- Sport Management Society The mission of the Sports Management Society is to provide knowledge to students and community members of the impact sports have on and off campus. It creates opportunities for professional growth through sport management related events throughout the community. Advisor: Gene Smith
- Student Activity Council Student Activity Council represents a group of students who work together to help plan, organize, and implement new activities on campus. Advisor: Brittany Trevarthen
- Students of Title IX (STIX) Increase student awareness about University Title IX policies, procedures, and resources. Increase student awareness about Prohibited Conduct and intersecting concepts, i.e. consent, alcohol and drug use, etc. They also connect students with University and community resources. Advisor: Sarah Catherine Richardson
- Student Teacher Education Association (STEA) STEA is the pre-professional club for prospective teachers. Advisor: Tina Smith
- Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) – The purpose of Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow is to mutually benefit UT Southern, the work of Advancement Services and participating students in connecting and engaging with constituents to continue investing in higher education in South Central Tennessee. Constituents include alumni, friends/donors, students, employees, community and regional leaders, etc.
- Sustainability Club This club works to help The University of Tennessee Southern achieve a fully sustainable campus. Advisor: Shanna Hanes
- The Garden Club – Our purpose is to strengthen the relationship between the University and the city of Pulaski through education on gardening and civic engagement. Additionally, the Garden Club will provide students with an opportunity to volunteer and contribute to the community as well as aid in the advancement of agriculture programs on the UT Southern campus.
- Thomas Martin Society The mission of this society is to facilitate effective fulfillment of the admissions process through Campus Tours, Preview Days and Scholarship events. Advisor: Alyssa Evans
- The University of Tennessee Southern Votes! The University of Tennessee Southern Votes! is a non-partisan program that encourages informed and active participation in government and encourages student civic engagement through education and advocacy. Advisor: Brittany Trevarthen
- Wesley Foundation A ministry of the United Methodist Church seeking to provide a space for students to explore their faith (or lack thereof) and grow in the community while attending the University of Tennessee Southern. We are a growing ministry that offers regular opportunities for fellowship, bible study, retreats, worship, and missions. Advisor: Rev. Michelle Ozier Wallace
- Gamma Beta Phi Society: This Society is a non-secret, honor, service-to education organization for students in colleges and universities. Membership in the society is open to students who meet the following standards:
- (1) Rank in the top 20 percent of the class academically;
- (2) Have worthy character;
- (3) Creditable achievement;
- (4) Commendable attitude.
- The purpose of the society shall be the achievement of educational ideals, the encouragement of scholastic effort, and the rewarding of academic merit among college students.
- Kappa Delta PI: An international honor society in Education that promotes the development and dissemination of worthy educational ideas and practices, enhances continuous growth and leadership, and fosters inquiry and reflection on significant educational issues. Membership is open to education students who have attained sophomore standing, completed or enrolled in at lease 12 semester hours of education courses, and possess a minimum GPA of 3.0.
- Omicron Delta Kappa: This international leadership honor society recognizes achievement in scholarship, athletics, campus/community service, social and religious activities, campus government, journalism, speech/mass media, and the creative and performing arts.
- Pi Gamma Mu: An international honor society in Social Science that promotes academic excellence and interdisciplinary communication. Prospective members must be in the upper 35% of their class, have at least a B average and complete a minimum of 20 credit hours in Social Science classes.
- Sigma Beta Delta: An international honor society in business, management and administration that recognizes students who have attained superior records in any of the business majors.
- Sigma Tau Delta: An international honor society in English. Prospective members must maintain a 3.0 in English courses, completed a minimum of two classes over the freshman level and be in the upper 35% of their class after three semesters in college.
- Alpha PSI Omega: A National Theatre honor society. This group aids to stimulate interest in theatre activities and to secure all the advantages and mutual helpfulness provided by a large national honor society.
- Music is important at The University of Tennessee Southern. The University of Tennessee Southern Choirs contribute to the college community and the entire Middle Tennessee area worth 10-15 performances every year. The Concert Choir is the main choral ensemble while the Chamber Choir is a small, auditioned chamber choir. Richland Creek is a bluegrass band, featuring instrumentalists and vocalists, which performs throughout the year and at special events.