Biola University desires to empower student leadership and initiative and thus encourages the formation of student clubs on the Biola University Campus. Along with opportunities for growth provided by such organizations comes the responsible of faithful management of both University resources and reputation.
All clubs have a range of freedom to be creative and to develop new programs within the guidelines of various University Policies, the University Doctrinal Statement, the Biola University Mission, the Biola Community Standards, as well as State and Federal laws and regulations. With this in mind the following policy has been set in place to guide the formation and operation of student-run clubs on the Biola University campus.
1. All clubs must have an Club Advisor who is a current full-time member of the faculty, staff or administration. The Club Advisor must be regularly updated regarding all club meetings, activities, bylaws, fundraising efforts, membership rosters, officer contact information, financial records and other pertinent information.
2. In order to be approved, an official club must be in support of all University Policies, the University Doctrinal Statement, the Mission of Biola University, the Biola Community Standards, as well as State and Federal laws and regulations (see elsewhere in this Handbook and the University Catalog for details).
- In no case shall any student organization be given official recognition whose beliefs are contradictory to the University’s Doctrinal Statement or whose functions or activities are contradictory to the Biola Community Standards.
- The Assistant Director of Student Programming has the right to deny the recognition and formation of a club based on the University’s Mission, the Doctrinal Statement, Biola Community Standards, liability concerns, or any other related University policy.
- No organization shall be chartered or given official recognition by the University that describes itself as “Fraternity” or “Sorority” or may be identified as such by advertising or related activities.
3. No student organization shall sponsor any events that directly or indirectly violates any University Policy or has the appearance of violating policy (including, but not limited to: raffles, games that could be construed as gambling or betting, beverages in containers that resemble alcoholic beverages, events that include social dancing or dance-related themes).
4. To avoid interference with worship services, all student organizations are prohibited from hosting any activity during the following times: Monday-Wednesday-Friday 9:30-10:20 a.m.
5. Any concerns related to the chartering of a student club should be directed initially to the Assistant Director of Student Programming at 562-944-0351, x5841.
6. Should a student club be in violation of any University policy, the Assistant Director of Student Programming will assign appropriate consequences (including, but not limited to, deactivation) in consultation with Student Care and the Dean of Students. See the “Biola Community Standards: Sanctions for Student Organizations."
7. For questions regarding this policy, please contact the Assistant Director of Student Programming at 562-944-0351, x5841.