Recruiting New Members
Recruiting new members is an important activity of any student organization. It is only through new members that the organization is sustained.
Outlined below are some guidelines for recruiting new members.
1L students may not be recruited into membership until the Student Activities Fair. Recruiting includes, but is not limited to, emailing, texting, calling, inviting 1Ls to join list-servs, and enlisting 1L assistance supporting the organization.
There are two caveats to this policy:
1. Student Organizations may hold welcome events for new students beginning Labor Day Weekend
2. Student Organizations may advertise these events through the Admissions Office’s Facebook page for incoming students and on their organization webpage.
HLS Student Membership
The membership of an HLS student organization must have a simple majority of HLS students. Overall membership is restricted to members of the Harvard University community only. No members of parent organizations may be counted as members of a student organization. Other individuals may be included in the activities and events of the organization at the invitation of its members, but are not considered official members of the organization by the Dean of Students Office.
Student Activities Fair
The Student Activities Fair, which takes place at the beginning of each school year, enables new and returning students to meet with and obtain information about the many HLS student organizations. The Fair is an ideal opportunity for student organizations to recruit new members.
Any student organization that wishes to participate may do so. Other groups including unofficial student organizations, departments or outside groups are typically not allowed to participate. Requests for space, which is limited, must be made through the Dean of Students Office beginning in August. No organization will be allowed to participate without first gaining permission from the DOS Office.
Posters and Advertisements
Posters and advertisements are also effective recruitment tools. Please refer to our Bulletin & Chalkboard Policy for further information.