Undergraduate Student Organization Policies & Procedures

Accessibility Statement

Student organizations should make the necessary arrangements to make their events welcoming for students with disabilities. In order to promote accessibility of student events, please include the University’s accessibility statement on all electronic and print publications:

This event is open to all without regard to gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or other legally protected characteristic.

If you need any special accommodations for a disability in order to attend or participate in this event, please contact the Office of Student Disability Services at 410-516-4720 or studentdisabilityservices@jhu.edu.

Bake Sales, Community Meals, and Student Organization Events with Food

Bake sales are often effective fundraisers for a student organization. However, student groups are responsible for ensuring that food served to the public has been handled with the utmost care and caution. Candy, whole fruit, prepackaged items, popcorn, and baked goods (cannot have cream, meringue, custard, or cream cheese) can be sold. Other prepared foods not outlined above cannot be sold.

Student Organizations occasionally host community meals wherein food is prepared and served only to organization members. Groups do not need to obtain a temporary food licenses for these occasions. However, it is the responsibility of the organization to ensure that safe food handling practices are being followed. Please refer to and abide by the US Department of Agriculture Food Safety recommendations outlined in the 7 Food Safety Steps for Successful Community Meals.

If a Student Organization wants to serve food to individuals outside of their student organization or to the public a valid Maryland caterer’s license or a temporary food service facility license are required. Student Organizations can pick from the following two options:

  1. Order catering from Bon Appetit, Hopkins on-campus catering service. To place an order, visit Bon Appetit’s online ordering system.
  2. Order catering through Foodify using Student Leadership and Involvements corporate account. Foodify is a free, online food ordering service that allows student organizations to order catering from a wide variety of local restaurants and licensed caterers. Groups can order food in advance without the need of a JHU purchasing card. Foodify just sends SLI an invoice and we bill it directly to your student organization. To order catering through Foodify simply fill out the Student Organization Purchasing Request Form on Hopkins Groups and follow the ordering instructions.

Student Organizations are required to purchase a PDF Document: PDF Document: Temporary Food Service License from the Baltimore City Health Department for all events open to the public where food is being prepared and served by unlicensed individuals. The Temporary Food License needs to be purchased at least 15 days in advance of the event. Please refer to and abide by the Baltimore City Health Department PDF Document: PDF Document:Temporary Food License Fact Sheet for detailed guidelines.

Branding Guidelines and the Use of University Name and Iconography

The use of the University name and iconography by student organizations is governed by the PDF Document: Homewood Student Affairs Branding Guidelines and JHU’s Office of Communication. Student Organizations that use “Johns Hopkins University”, “Hopkins”, or “JHU” in their name or incorporate JHU iconography in their logo are required to comply with the HSA Branding Guidelines effective the first day of classes in the Fall 2017 semester. The Student Leadership Consultants in the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement are available to work with student organizations to manage this transition and provide assistance. Please PDF Document: review answers to frequently asked questions or email leadership@jhu.edu with questions and concerns.

Commercial Use of University Resources

The use of University resources, such as, but not limited to, e-mail, listserves, newsgroups, websites, or the Internet to advertise or solicit sales is strictly prohibited. Any commercial use of the University’s systems (through an office, RESNET, or JHU-Connect network connection, or stored on an e-mail account) resulting in a financial gain to yourself or someone else is a violation of this policy.

Film Screening Policy

Under the Federal Copyright Act (Title 17 of the U.S. Code), no movies or films can be shown in public spaces, including residence hall lounges, without first obtaining film rights. Neither the rental nor the purchase of a movie carries with it the right to show the movie outside the home. Students, staff, faculty members and student organizations are required to first obtain copyright permission from a film distribution company. This legal requirement applies regardless of whether an admission fee is charged, whether the institution or organization is commercial or non-profit, or whether a federal or state agency is involved.

There are several exceptions to this law:

  1. Home viewing: A student may show a lawfully obtained (rented or purchased from a video store) video to family members or a small group of friends in his/her own dorm room/apartment/house.
  2. Faculty members may show a film for educational purposes if: a) it is during face-to face teaching activities, or b) it is shown in a classroom or similar place devoted to instruction. The audience is limited so that only persons enrolled in or teaching the class (and necessary staff) may attend. In addition, there should be an educational component such as a discussion or panel after the film.

Below are two ways through which you may obtain copyright permission:

  1. Purchase a license from a Motion Picture Distributor. The major firm the Office of Student Activities use is Swank Motion Pictures, Inc., which can be reached at www.swank.com or 1-800-876-5577. Fees can range from $371 to $871 and are determined by such factors as the number of times a particular movie is going to be shown, how old the movie is and so forth.
  2. Contact the producer, copyright holder, or film distributor (usually a movie company like Warner Bros). They can provide you with a written waiver to the copyright allowing you to show the movie or film. After obtaining permission mentioned above, you must bring a copy of your rental agreement or other licensing documentation to the Office of Student Activities (Mattin Center, 131) prior to your screening; or you may have the licensing company send this documentation directly to the Director of Student Activities.

“Willful” infringement of the Federal Copyright Act is a federal crime carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years in jail and/or a $250,000 fine. If you are uncertain about your responsibilities under the copyright law, contact the Office of Student Activities for more information.

Food and Clothing Drives

If an organization is hosting a food drive, clothing drive, etc. that will require boxes being on display, the group must arrange to drop off locations in advance. Student organizations must obtain approval from the appropriate office to place collection boxes. To place donation boxes in residence halls, students should contact the Housing Office in AMR II at 410-516-8282 and the Wolman Housing Office at 410-516-7960.

Group Email Addresses & Websites

As a recognized student organization, groups are able to establish an organizational email, mailing list, and website. JHED Group Accounts Utilities is responsible for group email accounts. Student group leaders may access the site to establish a group email account, change passwords, and to edit the account. If additional help is needed, contact grouphelp@jhmi.edu.

Mailing lists are a free service provided to the JHU community by Hopkins IT Services and the Enterprise Messaging team. They provide an easy electronic means for groups to communicate amongst themselves. Detailed information may be found on the IT Services web page.

To obtain web space to host a student group website for free, the student maintaining the website should send an email towebhosting@jhu.edu with the following information: student’s name, group name, contact phone number, faculty/advisor contact (if none, then list the Director of Student Leadership and Involvement). Enterprise web hosting services are available to all Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, and students and are free of charge with proof of affiliation and an explanation of the project clearly stating its relationship with Johns Hopkins. Enterprise Web Hosting resources are not intended for personal web solutions.

The University accepts no liability for web content on its server, however, concerns raised by community members over information on a student group website that violate the student code of conduct and/or state, local, or federal laws, may be reviewed by the University and removed pending investigation. For more information, visit the Information Technology Web Services and Hosting page.

Group Misconduct

Actions of recognized student organizations are subject to review. Student groups are held to the same standard of conduct as individual students. The Undergraduate Student Conduct Code outlines basic expectations for the behavior of Johns Hopkins students. The fundamental purpose of the University’s regulation of student conduct is to promote and to protect the health, safety, welfare, property, and rights of all members of the University community as well as to promote the orderly operation of the University and to safeguard its property and facilities. Failure to abide by University policies may result in organizational disciplinary action. Disciplinary action(s) may range from a documented reprimand through and including revocation of privileges and/or recognition.

Actions of student organizations affiliated with the Student Government Association, Graduate Representative Organization, Center for Social Concern, or a University department or administrative office are subject to review and disciplinary proceedings as outlined by those entities. Student group umbrella organizations (i.e. Inter-Fraternity Council, Performing Arts Council, etc) may hear initial complaints against a student group providing they have a standing system to adjudicate such complaints. The Director of Student Leadership and Involvement and/or the Student Conduct Board may make determinations of disciplinary actions against student groups. Appeals are referred to the Dean and Associate Deans of Student Life.

Actions of individuals of an organization may be referred to the Office of the Dean of Student Life for further action as described in the University Conduct Code. For clarification of Conduct Code policies, contact the Office of the Dean of Student Life, Mattin Center 210 or call 410-516-8208.

Guest(s) Policy

Student organizations are responsible for informing their guests of all University policies and are accountable for the actions of their guests. If a problem arises, the student organization may risk losing their ability to reserve space in the future and may be subject to disciplinary action by the University.

Open Flames & Fire Safety

Baltimore City law prohibits open flames in all public indoor spaces, including residence halls. Open flames should not be used during events or ceremonies. Outside observances, such as vigils, religious ceremonies, or initiation activities, that involve open flames must be approved by the Levering Student Life Office when the space is reserved.

Groups are responsible for ensuring that entrances are not blocked during their events so that patrons can evacuate immediately in the event of an emergency.

Publications

The University encourages and promotes the free exchange of ideas on campus. In order to facilitate that interest, locations have been designated for the distribution of student newspapers, magazines, and other publications. These include Levering Hall, MSE Library, and residential facilities.

All publications must be approved by the Director of Student Leadership and Involvement before they are distributed in the MSE Library. If publications are placed on campus without prior approval, or in non-designated areas, they are subject to immediate removal.

Raffles and Gaming Events

The University follows all laws relating to gambling in the state of Maryland. In brief, ventures which involve the exchange of money, games of chance, or pools are not permitted without an appropriate permit.

If a student organization plans to conduct a raffle or gambling event where there will be an exchange of money or items of value, it must apply for a Gaming Permit. Gaming permit applications must be submitted to: Permits Department, Baltimore City Police Department, 601 East Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. For questions, call 410-396-2130. Violation of this policy is considered a misdemeanor.

Re-Registration

Every year, each recognized student organization must re-register their organization on Hopkins Groups by the deadline. If a student organization misses this deadline, they will not be active for the next academic year. The re-registration process for the 2017-2018 Academic Year is from March 15 – April 15, 2017. The re-registration process for the 2018-2019 Academic Year will be from March 1 – April 1, 2018.

How to Register:

  1. Sign in Hopkins Groups.
  2. Go to your organization’s Hopkins Group page.
  3. You should see a blue bar stating that your organization is eligible for registration.
  4. Click the “Register” button.

As you register, you will need to do the following:

  1. Instructions (below)
  2. Update your organization’s PROFILE description.
    1. Ensure that your mission statement is included here.
  3. Update ROSTER
    1. Remove graduated seniors and members who are no longer active from the roster.
    2. Add members to the roster that do not appear.
    3. Update officers (i.e., primary contact, president, VP, secretary, treasurer, etc.).
      1. President, Treasurer/Financial Officer are required
  4. Add/update organization’s PROFILE PICTURE/LOGO
  5. Sign up for the STUDENT INVOLVEMENT FAIR
  6. Additional Forms
    1. Organization Information & ADVISORS
      1. Category Coordinator (Based on student organization category) Affiliation – Focuses on policy & procedural support)
      2. Content Advisor – Mentor, instructor, coach, etc.
      3. Meeting with Category Coordinator requirements acknowledgment
    2. RISK ASSESSMENT
    3. Guiding Document Acknowledgement
    4. PDF Document: Branding Guidelines (More information listed below)
    5. RESOURCES (Based on category)
    6. Acknowledgements for WORKSHOPS (Based on category)
    7. BUDGET Requests (Based on category)
      1. Student Activities Commission of the Student Government Association Budget Request Template
      2. Center for Social Concern Budget Request Template
      3. Excel Document: Sports Clubs Budget Request Template
  7. GUIDING DOCUMENTS (i.e. Constitution, Bylaws, Document stating how your organization is run)
    1. General Guiding Document FAQ
    2. Center for Social Concern Guiding Document FAQ

Depending on your organization Category, you may also need to provide a little more information. This re-registration form is designed to be responsive to the information you provide so if you are a Center for Social Concern organization, you will automatically be prompted with the questions the CSC is asking of you in this process.

Student organizations that do not re-register may not receive information about the Fall 2017 Student Involvement Fair. Organizations that have not registered by April 15, 2017, will NOT be active for the 2017-2018 academic year. If you have any general questions, feel free to contact the Student Leadership and Involvement Staff at 410-516-4873 or email Clifton Shambry at cshambry@jhu.edu. Thank you for your timely re-registration for the upcoming academic year. Any specific questions, feel free to contact your Category Coordinator based on the listing on the student organization category website.

NOTE: For the 2018-2019 Academic Year, the Student Organization Re-Registration will be from March 1, 2018 – April 1, 2018.

Check out the Student Organization Re-Registration 2017 How To Video on youtube!

Off-Campus Trips/Risk Management Waivers

If your organization is hosting an 0ff-campus trip or an event that could be considered “risky,” the group is required to have all participants complete a waiver form. Such events could include bus trips, recreational activities, sports competitions, etc. These waivers may protect your organization and members from being held liable in the event of injury or misconduct.

It is the responsibility of the organization to contact the Student Leadership and Involvement Office to develop a release of liability waiver form for group events and/or activities.

Security

The following list provides examples of situations when security may be required for an event:

  • Involving alcohol,
  • Open to non-JHU college students,
  • Open to the general public,
  • Involving cash transactions,
  • With no clear boundary between audience and performers (e.g., dance party, concert), and/or
  • With a precedence or potential of liability or security risks to Johns Hopkins students, faculty, staff, or property.

The Department of Student Life and/or JHU Security has the right to require commissioned officers for any event at the expense of the student group if they feel the event may pose a liability or security risk to Johns Hopkins students, faculty, staff, guests, or property. The number of officers needed is decided on an event-by-event basis. The decision for requiring additional JHU officers may include but is not limited to projected attendance, type of speaker/performer, mode of advertisement, and contractual obligations designated for the event.

When organizations register events in HopkinsGroups the form will notify you if you need security for your event and automatically forward the request to Student Leadership and Involvement. All security arrangements must be completed 10 business days prior to the event. Security requests made within 2 weeks of the event may not be honored. Cancellations must be made at least 72 hours prior to the event. Any cancellation fees incurred will be applied to the requesting student group’s budget. Please email Donna-Lee Mahabeer, the Associate Director of Student Unions and Programming if you have any questions.

Pricing for Security

Note: Subject to change; based on a 4-hour minimum

  • SAFE
    • Office: $16.75 per hour
    • Supervisor (required): $19.50 per hour
  • JHU Officer:$30 per hour
  • Baltimore City Police: $45 per hour

Solicitation

Johns Hopkins University is a private campus and reserves the right to determine who may or may not solicit on campus. Solicitation may be defined as anything from selling a product to distributing information, to recruitment activities of any kind. Solicitation without express permission may result in trespass violations or further penalty. Solicitation of any kind is prohibited in residence halls and University-owned apartments. Student organizations should reserve tables in advance through the Department of Student Life if they plan to fundraise or recruit on campus.

Unauthorized Entry

Entry to an event through an unauthorized entrance will result in removal from the venue and building.