Hoos in Charge
How to Start a CIO
by Belen Osman
I've told about a bunch of ways to get involved in the great student organizations we have here at the University but let's you get here and realize we don't already have a club or organization you're interested in joining- what do you do? Well fear not, we have a solution! UVa allows students to start their own CIOs, which are Contracted Independent Organizations. A CIO exists and operates independently of the University and manages its own affairs. So lets say you arrive at the University and realize we don't have an organization for Netflix lovers, you can start the Official Netflix CIO and enjoy binge watching with your fellow Netflix addicts.
So how exactly do you start a CIO? The Office of the Dean of Students advises that you first note and consider the following things before creating a new CIO:
- Do other organizations currently exist that might address similar interests or a similar purpose which you hope to achieve with your new CIO?
- The organization’s main officer as well as at least 51% of the members of the CIO must be full-time, fee paying University students.
- Each CIO must maintain a constitution and save it on atUVa. A constitution template is provided in the registration if you do not have one prior to the submission process.
- Visit atUVa to submit your organizations information
- The Vice-President of Organizations for Student Council and the Office of the Dean of Students will review your submission. *Club sports require a third review from the representative of Intramural-Recreational Sports.
- The Vice-President of Organizations for Student Council will meet with the organization to discuss the CIO. After meeting with the organization, the VPO will present the organization to the Representative Body of Student Council for approval. * The time for this process can vary depending on meetings, constitutional corrections, use of the University’s name, and meeting with the VPO.
- Once a CIO has been approved, the President will be notified via atUVa messaging system. CIOs will need to attend a Treasurer’s meeting and HOO’s In the Know? New CIO Workshop. *Emails will be sent out to new CIOs about meeting times.