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Student Organizations

Student Programs & Engagement supports over 100 student organizations that provide countless opportunities for student leaders to be engaged and develop leadership skills at Bentley.

  • 9 out of 10 Bentley undergraduates is a member of at least one organization
  • 1 in 3 students are highly engaged in a student organization
  • 1 in 10 students serve on an executive board


There are a variety of benefits of being involved in a student organization! 

 

Starting an Organization

The Association of Bentley Activities (ABA) is a governing organization made up of students who manage the new organization recognition process. The purpose of ABA is to provide Bentley students the opportunity to satisfy a demonstrated need for new organizations. This is accomplished through a student-driven process designed to produce organizations that are prepared, sustainable, and able to contribute to student life at Bentley. If you are interested in starting a new organization, email GA_ABA@bentley.edu.

New student organization approved by ABA during the 2017-2018 academic year include:

  • Noise Slam Poetry Team
  • Women's Ice Hockey
  • Brazilian Student Society
  • Information Systems Audit Control Association (ISACA)

 

Student Organization Resources

Org Success Programming

The department offers programs throughout the year that support student organization success and student leader development. These include:

  • Fall and Spring Activities Fairs, intended for any student interested in joining a student organization
  • Org Success Workshops, which support executive board member skill development. Topics covered include team management, marketing, contracts & budgets, diversity & inclusion, and event planning
  • Student Organization of the Month, Student Leader of the Month, and Faculty/Staff Advisor of the Month, which recognize standout organizations and individuals for their contributions each month
  • The annual Bentley SPEak Awards, which celebrate student organization and student leader accomplishments

Student Organization Guidebook

Student Programs & Engagement’s Student Organization Guidebook provides a centralized policy resource for recognized undergraduate student organizations and their members. The policies and provisions contained in the Guidebook govern the conduct and operations of student organizations. Contact information and links for policies administered by other departments is provided throughout the document; students are encouraged to contact the relevant staff member or department if they have questions or would like more information. The Guidebook is reviewed annually by Student Programs & Engagement, in conjunction with the leadership of SGA, ABA, and AIA. Changes to this document may be made at any time; revisions will be communicated to student organizations in a timely manner. Feedback on current policies is always welcome and should be addressed to Roatha Kong, Assistant Director of Student Programs & Engagement.

Bentley SPEak Blog

The Bentley SPEak Blog (bentleyspeak.com) is an online destination where students can learn about upcoming organization events, view event photos, and access organization-specific resources for officer training, marketing support, and event planning, such as the Cooperative Programming Board.

Anti-Hazing Campaign

Bentley University does not tolerate hazing of any kind. If you believe you or someone you know has been a victim of hazing, you can report it to staff in Student Programs & Engagement, or by contacting a resident assistant, academic adviser, professor, staff member or University Police, or through the anonymous anti-hazing tip line.
 

Faculty/Staff Advisors

Each student organization at Bentley is required to have at least one advisor who is a full-time faculty or staff member or a member of Bentley’s Division of Student Affairs. Advisors are selected by students in the organization and provide direct support to the organization throughout the year. Policies related to faculty/staff advisors can be found in the Student Organization Guidebook.

 

Student Activity Fee

The Allocation & Internal Audit Committee (AIA) is a governing organization made up of students who manage the allocation of Bentley’s $1.4 million Student Activity Fee (SAF). Policies and procedures are developed to insure proper expenditure of SAF funds and to insure compliance with all University policies and all applicable laws. AIA members monitor student organization budget activity, offer financial trainings to organization treasurers, and are available to support student organizations purchasing needs throughout the year. Questions or concerns about the Student Activity Fee or student organization financial processes should be addressed to GA_AIA@bentley.edu.