VCCS Policy Number 6.4.5,
The State Board encourages the development of a student activities program
designed to promote educational and cultural experiences. Student activities
are out-of-classroom activities that support the mission of the colleges and
provide students avenues for personal growth and enrichment. Through
participation in clubs and organizations, or other planned activities, students
develop a wide range of abilities, including intellectual, communication,
athletic, and leadership skills. Students develop self-confidence,
interpersonal skills, and an appreciation for other cultures and lifestyles.
Finally, students develop a sense of integrity, purpose, and social
responsibility that empowers them to be productive within and beyond the
The State Board shall recognize and encourage honorary, scholastic, service
organizations, and sports clubs that do not restrict membership based on
race, color, gender, age, religion, disability, national origin, sexual orientation
or other non-merit factors. Private clubs, private associations, social
fraternities, and social sororities shall not be recognized by the VCCS. The
following regulations and procedures apply to all student activity programs in
the community colleges of the VCCS:
a. The entire program of student activities shall be under college supervision.
b. There shall be a faculty or staff sponsor for each student organization.
c. All student activity funds shall be deposited with and expended through
the college business office, subject to State Board policies, procedures,
and regulations pertaining to such funds.
d. Each college, with the approval of its local board, shall adopt its own
regulations and procedures to implement the above policy.
e. All student activity programs and recognized organizations must comply
with the VCCS’s nondiscrimination policy, except as follows:
Any recognized religious or political student organization shall be
authorized to limit certain activities only to members who are
committed to furthering the mission of such organization. Such
activities include ordering the organization’s internal affairs, selecting
the organization’s leaders and members, defining the organization’s
doctrines, and resolving the organization’s disputes.