Student Clubs

AU Players theater troupe performance
Student clubs are recognized through the Center for Student Involvement and supported and funded through the undergraduate Club Council. Clubs at American University are student-led groups that provide programming for the benefit of currently enrolled students. Formally recognized organizations are eligible to receive student activity fee funds allocated through the Club Council.


To become a formally recognized club, all student organizations must:

  • Comply with all applicable American University policies
  • Adhere to the University's non-discrimination policy  
  • Demonstrate non-duplication of a mission or purpose of previously recognized AU student organization.
  • Submit a complete roster of officers and members. (Each club must have a minimum of eight (8) members, with four (4) of those members consisting of a president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary). Executive board members must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA and be in good disciplinary standing to be eligible. 
  • Identify a Faculty or Staff club advisor: Who can be a Student Club Advisor? Any full-time member of the faculty, staff or administration is eligible to serve as the recognized advisor to the organization.
  • Submit a club constitution
  • Demonstrate benefit to the members, campus, and/or wider community

The Spring New Club Registration Process will be Monday, February 10th through Friday, March 6th.

Interested groups looking to submit to be a new club, must attend a New Club Open House. 

The dates for the New Club Open House are as follows:

February 3 (12pm-1pm)
February 4 (6pm-7pm)
February 5 (6pm-7pm)
February 6 (4pm-5pm)
Febraury 7 (4pm-5pm)
*All located in MGC 315*

The new club registration process is developed to ensure accountability and transparency in all Center for Student Involvement recognized clubs, and to provide the university community an accurate listing of active student organizations for the academic year. Recognition does not mean the university supports or adheres to the views held or the positions taken by recognized student organizations.

The organization and its officers are responsible for all programs, actions, or commitments made on behalf of their organization, including their debts. AU is not liable for debts incurred by the student organization. Responsibility for any action which violates federal, state, local laws and ordinances or university policies is assumed by the individual group’s officers and members.

Clubs approved through the registration process are granted recognition status for the following semester. Ex. Clubs approved in Spring 2020, will be granted recognized club status for Fall 2020.

View the new club registration process here. 

Student Clubs must be renewed each academic year. You can find a club renewal form on Engage, please note that the form will only be visible during valid renewal period. 

The AU Club Council (AUCC) is a recognized, chartered student governance organization directly funded from the undergraduate student activity fee to provide funding allocation for events and programming initiatives hosted by recognized undergraduate student clubs. The AUCC is dedicated to building stronger clubs at American University and supporting them with all the resources and expertise at our disposal. The AU Club Council provides funding to all recognized clubs on campus and helps clubs leaders grow. Visit for more information about the Club Council.

Calvin Haney

Calvin Haney is the Associate Director for Leadership Development for the Center for Student Involvement. He is responsible for the development of leadership development curricula and programs for student clubs.
Office: MGC 271

Jordan Harris

Jordan Harris is a coordinator for the Center for Student Involvement. She works closely with student clubs and directly advises AU Club Council.
Office: MGC 271