As students applied and renewed their organizations Â in January, they faced a newly implemented policy to have at least 10 students on their roster at the time of registration. The policy serves to maintain healthy student organizations.
â€œWe had a number of organizations who were around two to three people and thatâ€™s not really an organization. Two or three students that have a common interest, thatâ€™s great and they can be friends and enjoy that, but the thought was they probably arenâ€™t getting the most out of our resources, nor do they need our resources to do what they are doing and have a common interest,â€ said Becka Bovio, coordinator for student programs.
Ten student organizations registered in January with fewer than 10 members, serving as examples of how Â the rule can be broken.
â€œThere are definitely exceptions: if there is an organization that clearly uses our resources, and is really active and engaged in the campus and community, of course we arenâ€™t going to say no just because you donâ€™t have 10 members,â€ Bovio said. â€œWe want those smaller organizations to continue to thrive and use our resources.â€
Around 18 fewer student organizations registered this year. Bovio thinks some of that has to do with the new policy and member requirementâ€”but that isnâ€™t necessarily a bad thing.
The Student Involvement Office exists as a resource for student organizations and Bovio wants to ensure all clubs are making the best use of those resources and actively participating in the Trinity community rather than just skating by.
â€œWe understand that the number of students in an organization is in flux, but if they have some semblance of a following it just makes for a healthier organization. This wasnâ€™t meant to be a punishment or random requirement, but it is meant to be for the health of an organization,â€ Bovio said.
Bovio made it clear to all student organizations facing retirement due to the new policy that they could talk to her and figure out a solution to recruit students more effectively.