Viterbo University student organizations help promote the mission of the university and provide service opportunities that are valuable for a student's life and work. They serve as an added educational resource to students, giving them experiences related to their classes and studies, ultimately providing a variety of activities to supplement and balance their lives. Involvement in a group that helps to explore interests can be a source of developing skills, learning more about the many facets of a particular area, experiencing the interplay of working with others, and assuming leadership roles. Click here for a list of current student organizations, along with their advisors.
Student Organizations at Viterbo University are expected to meet several criteria for recognition as university groups. Recognition by the Student Government and Vice President for Student Development Office brings a number of benefits for the group. Criteria, benefits, and procedures are described below.
Criteria for Recognition of Student Organizations Include the Following:
- Defined and written by-laws for the club or organization. These are expected to be in line with the Mission of Viterbo University.
- Listing of officers, with terms given, and updated after each election or selection. Name of faculty or staff advisor (must be a member of the Viterbo University Community).
- Membership open to all, with no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, gender, ethnic background, creed, disability, or sexual orientation.
- List of members, updated each year. (A majority of members must be enrolled at or employed by Viterbo University).
- Amount of membership dues indicated, where appropriate.
Benefits to Duly Registered Student Organizations of Viterbo University:
- May establish account with the Viterbo University Business Office (this allows the club or organization to use the Viterbo tax exempt status on purchases).
- May use Viterbo University facilities for meeting and activities (rental fee may be charged in some buildings).
- May request funds from SGA to support activities.
- May promote meeting and activities through use of Viterbo communications.
- May receive communications about potential volunteer and fund-raising activities.
Procedure for Receiving Recognition of Student Organizations:
- Prepare and submit information required in the criteria (click here for ClubStatus Form).
- Submit forms to the Office of the Administrative Advisor to the Student Government Association.
- Receive Approval from Student Government Association and Vice President from Student Development Office.
- Keep updated information about the club or organization in the Office of the Vice President for Student Development.
The primary function of the student publications is to provide students interested in writing, communications, or the visual arts with an opportunity to disseminate their convictions in an honest and intelligent manner and to help create a campus spirit.
Touchstone is the Viterbo University literary art magazine. Its purpose is to provide Viterbo students with an outlet for publications or prose, poetry, and art, as well as with the learning experience and freedom of selecting pieces and preparing the layout and design of a magazine.
Lumen is the Viterbo University student newspaper. Its purpose is to provide a vehicle of communication among members of the Viterbo Community. Included are impartial reports on campus events and other information of interest to the community. It should stimulate thinking, serve as a forum for opposing views on issues, and show the relationship of the campus to city, national, and world event.