Clubs and Organizations
Looking for a way to get more involved and enhance your experience at TCC? Join one of our student clubs or organizations! TCC has a variety of
student organizations that are sponsored by the college for the growth,
development and enjoyment of the students involved. Each organization has a
different emphasis, such as service, interest/activity, political, competitive,
academic and/or religious in nature. However, they have several things in
common, such as funding, open membership, social interaction, leadership
opportunities, campus involvement, and institutional involvement.
Research shows that students
who are involved in extracurricular activities have a higher GPA, a higher
retention rate, and a greater sense of enjoyment during their time in college.
They also gain important networking skills and opportunities that dramatically
increase the student's options for job and career placement.
There are many options
available for your involvement in campus student organizations, so check out
the groups already on campus. If you don't see what you're looking for or want more information about our student clubs and organizations, contact
the Involvement Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a list of our current clubs and organizations at TCC, use ConnectTCC! Log in with your TCC user name and current password to access information about and resources for our student organizations. Connect TCC is your one-stop shop for learning ways to get involved both on campus and in the community.
As a Recognized Student Organization at Tallahassee Community College, student clubs and organizations are upheld to the following expectations:
- Student Organizations will complete the re-recognition process in order to maintain their status by submitting the application in a timely manner, attend trainings, and update organization information as it occurs.
- All members of student clubs and organizations will follow the Student Code of Conduct outlined in the Student Handbook, all policies and procedures outlined in the Student Organization Handbook, as well as follow and abide by all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
- Student Organizations will abide by the procedures established by the Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement (SLICE) Office for the use of facilities and materials.
- Student Organizations will adhere to the rules and procedures set forth in the organization
constitution, including the non-discrimination and non-hazing
requirements for membership. All members of Student Organizations will have signed and submitted the Anti-Hazing Agreement to the SLICE Office.
- Ensure proper planning and execution of organization events, and consult
with the Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement Office for help with event policies
and contract management.
- Ensure proper use of campus resources, including meeting and event
space, office space, and other afforded benefits to the organization.
Are you interested in starting a new organization at TCC? Student organizations just beginning at TCC will follow the recognition process designed for new organizations. This process includes the following steps:
- Schedule a meeting with the Involvement Coordinator in the Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement Office (SU 185)
- Complete the online new organization application available on Connect TCC – this will serve as your application and it is found under the "Organizations" page.
- Complete the Student Handbook Quiz
- Attend a Student Organization Financial Meeting and take the Student Financial Manual Quiz
Applications are submitted for approval by the Involvement Coordinator and the Director of Campus and Civic Engagement. Newly recognized student organizations will be sent email notification once their applications have been approved, usually within 10 business days. Application deadlines for the Fall semester is November 1, and the Spring semester is April 1.
The components required to fill out the application that are needed to complete it are as follows:
- Organization Name
- Organization Description
- Minimum of three (3) officers that consist of a President, Vice President, and Treasurer. Officers must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
- An advisor who is a full-time faculty or staff member
- A minimum of ten (10) members who are TCC students for the organization (this number includes the elected board members). Their name and TCC student email are required for registration.
- Completed Constitution. Potential new organizations can set up an appointment with the Involvement Coordinator to review Constitution before final submission.
- Organization logo (optional)
A club or organization advisor is a faculty or staff member who provides support and guidance to officers and members of a student organization. The advisor not only serves as a representative of the group in an official capacity, but also as a student advocate. An advisor is one who gives ideas, shares insight, provides a different perspective, and encourages organization members. An advisor is a full time faculty and/or staff member of TCC that agrees to be an educational resource and consultant for an organization and its members. The advisor should be a caring individual with a genuine interest for students, the organization, and their programs and activities.
Principles & Practices of an Effective Advisor
- Develop leaders by challenging the students to strive for excellence
- Encourage and assist the student organization in setting & reaching goals
- Promote diversity within the organization and campus involvement
- Establish a consistent working relationship with leaders and members
- Coach officers in principles of good organizational and administrative skills
- Provide continuity to the organization’s polices, programs, and traditions
- Encourage organization to participate in Leadership Awards Night
- Advise organization’s officers on finances and review financial statements periodically
- Facilitate officer transition and orientation of new members
- Supervise any and all student organization travel
At a minimum, TCC expects advisors to:
- Serve as a mentor for the student organization and serve as a liaison between the College and organization
- Be familiar with the Tallahassee Community College Student Code of Conduct and other institutional guidelines that establish expectations for student behavior and activities
- Attend executive officer meetings, general meetings, and organization events when possible
- Report any violations of the Student Conduct Code if you become aware.
- Assist organization in financial management.
- Be present at any off-campus organization activities.
All groups submitting an application must meet the following criteria to become a Recognized Student Organization.
- Current student organizations are required to submit a student organization re-recognition form for the upcoming academic year to the SLICE Office no later than August 1 to maintain a registered status and to avoid suspension of recognition at the College, and loss of A&S funding. This is available starting April 1 on Connect TCC.
- Each organization is required to meet with the Involvement Coordinator. These meetings are designed to help student organizations understand the resources and guidelines associated with maintaining RSO status. Meetings can be set-up by emailing the Involvement Coordinator listed previously in the handbook.
- The officers of an RSO must be currently enrolled TCC students, maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA, and be free of any obligation of fees or payments to the College.
- Each organization is required to have at least Three (3) officers or executive members, one (1) of which is responsible for presiding over the organization, one (1) of which must be responsible for recording minutes, and one (1) of which is responsible to the organization fiscal operations.
- All organizations must have a minimum of 10 members who are currently enrolled TCC students. This information will be verified by the Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement Office.
- All required recognition forms and updated student membership roster must be submitted to the appropriate office by the specified deadline as set forth by the SLICE Office.
- All organizations must draft and submit a current local constitution and submit it with annual recognition application.
- Each organization must have an advisor who serves as a full time faculty or full time staff member of TCC. Graduate or undergraduate students (including Graduate Assistants and Teaching Assistants), adjunct professors, and part-time OPS workers may not serve as advisors.
- The president must complete the Re-Registration Form on Connect TCC.
- The student organization officer responsible for the finances of the organization is required to attend a financial workshop sponsored by the A&S Budget Coucnil and SLICE Office prior to the use of any organization funds.
- To maintain recognition status, each student organization must adhere to all rules and regulations of the SLICE Office and the College to maintain recognition status at TCC.
- All student organizations must adhere to the Tallahassee Community College Organization Point System in order to properly be assessed for organizational activity.
- Note: The recognition process is not complete until the advisor and the president receive an approval email from the Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement Office.
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