STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Wartburg students are involved 
Wartburg has more than 100 campus groups, organizations, music ensembles, and athletic teams for students to join. Most Wartburg students participate in at least one co-curricular activity. You will find links to websites and social media for these organizations on this page.

This page only lists organizations listed in the Student Life directory. Once your organization has been officially recognized by the Student Life Office, they will have it added to this website.

Wartburg College is dedicated to challenging and nurturing students for lives of leadership and service as a spirited expression of their faith and learning.

Student organizations are a vibrant and vital part of life at Wartburg College. However, in order to ensure that each organization is meeting the needs of Wartburg College students, any person or group wishing to start and maintain an organization must meet all requirements in the approval process. In addition, each organization must register each year with the Office of Campus Programming to receive continued recognition. If there is a lapse in recognition, the organization will need to process as a new club or organization.

Clubs and organizations must be established for purposes that are legal, consistent with the educational aims and the mission of the college, and in accordance with the regulations, guidelines, and policies of Wartburg College, the City of Waverly, and the State of Iowa. However, recognition does not imply college endorsement of the purposes of the organization, nor does the college assume sponsorship of any of the activities of the club or organization on or off the property of the college.

In order to become an officially recognized student club or organization by Wartburg College, a group must:

1. Complete the Student Organization Registration Application Packet. This application must be fully completed and will not be accepted if all pieces are not complete. All materials must be submitted to the Office of Campus Programming in the Student Life Office of the Saemann Student Center.

Included in the Application Packet are:

  • The Student Organization Application
  • A petition to be signed by 10 full-time Wartburg students stating their intent to actively participate in the proposed organization
  • Advisor commitment form
  • Guidelines for creating the organizations constitution

2. At the time paperwork is submitted, a representative from the organization seeking recognition will schedule a meeting with Director of Campus Programming, Ashley Lang, to discuss plans for the organization. This is a time where questions will be asked or any concerns addressed, prior to materials being sent to Student Senate. The advisor listed will be contacted and helped to understand their responsibilities if the group is approved. If no changes need to be addressed, the paperwork will then go to the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students and then on to Student Senate.

3. The Director of Campus Programming, Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students and Student Senate will review the organization’s constitution, check for alignment with the college’s mission, make sure it does not duplicate the purpose, goal or activities of another organization and ensure student officers are in “good standing” (student officers must meet a GPA requirement of a 2.25 cumulative and be enrolled full-time at Wartburg). They will then make their respective recommendation for acceptance or denial of recognition.

NOTE: The Student Relations Committee of Student Senate will review the application and make a recommendation to the general body where the application will be voted upon. If there are errors in the application or structure of the constitution, the organization representative may be contacted by the Student Relations Committee Chair to make corrections.

4. Notification of the decision will come in writing to the organization representative and advisor via campus email. If the application is approved, it will be allotted the following privileges:

  • Use of campus space
  • Use of campus bulletin boards (All posters to be hung must be approved and stamped by the Office of Marketing & Communications)
  • Inclusion of meeting and event information on the calendar and student org newsletter (as submitted to studentorgs@wartburg.edu)
  • Use of HUB resources and supplies
  • May produce merchandise displaying the organization name/logos. Visit https://www.wartburg.edu/logos/ to learn about use of Wartburg trademarks.
  • Ability to apply for Senate funds
  • Ability to apply for co-sponsorship with ETK
  • Opportunities for leadership training

The group will then need to submit paperwork to create a 60/agency account, unless another on-campus account is already active with the Business Office, as no off-campus accounts are permitted. If a group will not have any kind of financial transactions, then this is not a necessary step.

If the request for recognition is denied, the organization may request reconsideration. In reconsidering the request, the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students must consult with the Student Life Committee before making a final decision.

To maintain eligibility, a recognized student organization must renew their application for recognition with Student Life every year by Sept. 20. All currently recognized student organizations will receive renewal instructions from the Office of Campus Programming at the beginning of each academic year. This information will be sent out via an online form.This annual renewal process must provide Student Life with the following information:

  • Officer Information (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer)
  • Advisor Information
  • A copy of the current organization constitution/bylaws (as requested or if changes have been made)
  • A membership roster – complete with all active members of the organization
  • Meeting dates or days/times/locations

Additionally groups must:

  • Host three meetings or one event each semester
  • Participate in the involvement fair (when applicable to membership recruitment)
  • Participate in organizational/leadership workshops (Operation Organization)
  • Have an active 60/agency account or other on-campus account with the Business Office and maintain a positive balance or let the Office of Campus Programming know the group will not have any financial transactions, therefore there is not a need to have an account. This account must be kept with a positive or zero balance at all times.
  • Complete the annual reports sent out every April

NOTE: If the designated deadline is missed this is considered a lapse in recognition and the organization will need to process as a new club or organization following the steps listed above.

Changes in the Organization
Organizations MUST notify Student Life within two weeks if there is a change in the leadership or advisor. If this deadline is missed it is considered a lapse in recognition. Groups that have lost recognition and wish to start-up again must apply as if they were an entirely new organization through the process designated by Student Senate and Student Life.

The deadline for all student organization applications to be completed and submitted is February 1 of the academic year you are seeking to gain approval within. This is also the deadline for Senate allocations.

PERFORMING ARTS

Pep Band

Pinnacle (mixed small group)

Rosenchor (small women's group)

Wartburg Players (theatre)