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Requirements for Members, Officers, and Advisors

  1. General Membership
    1. The control and operation of a student organization must remain with the student members. Full voting privileges may be granted only to Purdue University students.
    2. Membership and participation in student organizations must be free from discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran.
    3. Students must be free to join or leave an organization without being subjected to pressure, harassment, or intimidation.
    4. Hazing is prohibited by university regulation (Policy against Hazing) and state statute.
  2. Requirements for Holding Office
    1. These regulations shall apply to the student officers of recognized student organizations on the West Lafayette Campus, and to the student participants in student activities representing Purdue University off campus, including extramural sports clubs, bands, glee club, and debate teams, and to those presented as student participants in all-campus dramatic and musical productions.
    2. Each student organization or director of an activity shall be expected to define the requirements for eligibility of its own officers and participants.
    3. Regardless of further requirements that may be established by a student organization or director of an activity, an officer or candidate for office of an organization or participant in an activity as defined in Requirements for Members, Officers and Advisors, Section B-1, must satisfy the following:
      1. He/She must be in good standing, i.e., has not been dismissed, suspended, or dropped from the University without thereafter having been readmitted.
      2. Undergraduate students must have:
        1. Earned a total number of semester hours of credit not less than the number of his/her current classification according to the registrar minus one times 12; or
        2. Earned a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit in the semester immediately preceding and be currently enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours of coursework.
      3. Graduate students must be enrolled as full-time, degree-seeking students.
    4. University probation
      1. A student placed on disciplinary probation or probated suspension, as part of that probation, may be required to resign from an office in a student organization, refrain from seeking such an office or discontinue participation in a special activity.
      2. Students on academic probation are not eligible to hold an executive officer position.
    5. Students may not hold more than one executive officer position within an organization.
  3. Advisors to Student Organizations
    1. All organizations are required to have an advisor, who should serve in an advisory role only and may not have voting rights, including voting to approve expenditures or programs. Advisors provide advisement and support, and enhance student life outside the classroom.
    2. Advisors must be either full-time faculty or administrative/professional staff at Purdue University or otherwise approved by the Office of the Dean of Students. Individuals classified as graduate student staff are not eligible to be advisors to student organizations.
    3. In addition to their primary advisor, organizations may have community advisors, instructors, and coaches with limited authority. Many recreational and sports clubs have non-university affiliated instructors and coaches because of a need for specialized instruction or discipline. However, the direction of the group remains with the student members. Provisions must be made in the constitution for selection and removal of such instructors and coaches.
  4. The officers of each student organization shall be responsible for confirming the eligibility of the members, officers, and advisors of the organization.