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Thinking of starting a student group at Duke?

what you need






Check out www.dukegroups.com to make sure your groups goals are not reflected in an already existent group. If the ideas are similar you must be prepared to explain how your group is different from the others.

At least 10 Duke Undergraduate members and a faculty adviser are needed before you can seek the creation of a new group on Duke's campus!

A constitution with goals, officer descriptions, election procedures, impeachment protocol, non-discriminatory policy, and other stipulations in accordance with University and DSG Bylaws.


SOFC hears all group requests on a first-come-first-served basis.  Depending on the number of requests already submitted and in queue, it can take several weeks for your application to be heard.  Applicants with time-sensitive deadlines should submit requests early.

1. Formulate a clear, unique purpose to your group
Be sure to check dukegroups.com to make sure a similar organization does not already exist. It is extremely important to reach out to similar groups and see if your ideas truly overlap, as you will be asked these questions during your application meeting and are expected to know the answers. Lack of understanding of many similar groups often leads to no recognition until a clear distinction can be made

2. Meet with LAUNCH
SOFC requires that all new groups meet with LAUNCH before coming in for a hearing. They will help you articulate the vision for your group and direct you on first steps to take. You will not be granted a hearing time slot without having met with LAUNCH first and having explicit approval granted to apply. Please visit https://sites.duke.edu/dukelaunch/about/ to learn more and schedule a meeting.

3. Apply through DukeGroups!
Register a new group through DukeGroups. First sign into dukegroups.com, and then click on the tab that says "Organizations." Once you are there, you can find the tab to register a new group at the bottom left of the page. Please follow all instructions to register the new group. Once you have completed the registration, SOFC will receive an e-mail and will follow up with your group about the approval process.