This page is intended to help current student organizations successfully hold meetings and host events, among other activities. For more information on the guidelines or processes outlined in this page, visit the Student Activities Office, located in Campus Center (across from the Bookstore), or please contact either the ASMC Director of Student Organizations or the Moorpark College Student Activities Specialist Kristen Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expectations of student organizations
To be considered an official Moorpark College student organization and receive any associated benefits, clubs must:
Be formally recognized by the ASMC Board of Directors. All student organizations must be formally recognized by the Board of Directors in order to receive the benefits offered by ASMC. Benefits include: use of the college name in all publicity; using college facilities for meetings, events, or activities; and requesting funds from ASMC through the Programming Committee.
Participate in Inter-Club Council meetings. Formally recognized student organizations are automatically considered a part of the Inter-Club Council (ICC). The ICC will serve as the representative body to coordinate and promote communication and cooperation among student organizations on campus. The ICC is composed of officers and a voting representative from each student organization, and it is required that a representative from each club attend the monthly ICC meetings, which are chaired by the ASMC Director of Student Organizations. Visit the ASMC Board of Directors page for more information about the ICC.
Track your meetings. Take minutes each meeting and collect roll for all members in attendance at each meeting, and provide that information to the ASMC Director of Student Organizations. Clubs should also provide the Director of Student Organizations with scheduled meeting times so this information can be made available on the MC website.
Submit your renewal forms on time! Organizations that are active in 2017-2018 and wish to continue in the 2018-2019 academic year must submit the required renewal paperwork by Friday, June 1, 2018. See the "Renewing a current student organization" section below for instructions.
Reserving spaces for on-campus activities
Unless otherwise stated on the form, please submit completed facility request forms to the Student Activities Office for review at least three weeks in advance of your meeting, event, or activity. The Student Activities Office is located in the Campus Center, across from the Bookstore.
- Event planning guide (tips to get you going on organizing your event!)
- In-House Facility Use form (to reserve rooms on the MC campus for meetings or events)
- District Facility Use form (if you wish to request another VCCCD-operated space outside of the MC campus)
- Performing Arts Center Facility Use request (if you want to try to reserve the PAC for your event)
Please see the following sections if you wish to purchase items, rent equipment, or pay speakers/performers for your on-campus activities. Renting equipment, paying for services, or providing honorariums to speakers can take at least three weeks to process. Please plan accordingly. Requisition forms for any payment processing will not be accepted if they are not received at least three weeks in advance of the date payment is needed.
When requesting to reserve a space for your meeting or activity, please note that the only indoor space on the Moorpark College campus that allows for the service of food is the Campus Center Conference Room. Please request this space on the In-House Facility Use form if you wish to provide food for your club and wish to use an indoor meeting room.Questions about the In-House, District, or Performing Arts Center Facility Use forms may be directed to Kristen Robinson at email@example.com.
Inviting speakers, presenters, or performers to campus
While clubs will often invite Moorpark College faculty, staff, or students to speak or perform for their organization, often clubs will wish to invite someone from off-campus or outside of the VCCCD to participate in an activity hosted by their members. This is welcomed, but it can take a few weeks to process the required paperwork listed below if the invited guest is receiving an honorarium (i.e., payment for their involvement in your activity), so please plan accordingly!
Paperwork to process at least two weeks in advance of presentation or performance:
- An In-House Facility Use Form to reserve your desired location on your specified date and time
- A requisition form for approval of visit by speaker or performer (hard-copy only; available in the Student Activities Office in the Campus Center or Fiscal Services in the Administration Building)
- Completed Vendor Set-up Packet to add the speaker or performer into the VCCCD system to issue payment
- Completed Invoice For Services Rendered (form #14011); form to be signed by speaker or performer the day of the event and submitted to Fiscal Services to finalize payment
Please note that direct payments of up to $2,000 may be processed by following the steps above. Any payments of $2,000.01 and above also require a Purchase Order.
Public Viewing of Films/Movies
Advertising your club's event or activity
Off-campus field trips or excursions
If you are planning an off-campus field trip for your club, you must submit the Field Trip Excursion Request form for the group, and each student participant must fill out the Student Participation Form. If you are not providing transportation to the activity, each participant will need to also submit a Non-District Transportation Notice. If you are providing transportation but a student opts to provide their own ride, that student must submit a Personal Transportation Waiver form. Travel forms are due at least two weeks in advance of the field trip to the Student Activities Office in the Campus Center.
- Field Trip Excursion Request (if you're planning an off-campus event)
- Student Participation Form (any student participating in the off-campus event needs to submit this form)
- Student Conference or Campus Visit Form (if a student is attending a conference or visiting a college, they need to submit this form to their club advisor)
- Liability Waiver Form (if your club members will be participating in potentially risky activities, have each participant submit this form)
- Non-District Transportation Notice (if your club is not providing transportation for your trip)
- Personal Transportation Waiver (if a club member decides to provide their own transportation instead of taking district-provided transportation)
- Transportation Request Form (if your club wishes to request use of a Moorpark College-owned 7-, 12-, or 15-passenger van for your excursion)
Requesting funding from the ASMC Board of Directors
Formally recognized Moorpark College student organizations or departments can request funding for their student-centered activities or events through the ASMC Programming Committee. (Learn more about the students serving on the Programming Committee by visiting the ASMC Board of Directors page.) The Application for Funding should be submitted to the ASMC Director of Campus Events at least two weeks before the funds are needed in order for the Programming Committee to meet and for the money to be transferred, if approved.
Fundraising for your student organization
Some types of fundraising are permissible, but any fundraising ideas must be vetted and approved by Moorpark College's Student Activities Office before you implement them: (805) 553-4976 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This vetting is required for liability purposes. The Student Activities Office is located in the Campus Center, across from the MC Bookstore. Clubs must have a agency trust account already in place before fundraising takes place. Please see the "Setting up or changing your club's trust account" section below for additional information.
- Types of fundraising that may be permissible: Teaming up with a local eatery to have a percentage of their sales for a day go to your organization; collecting entry or admission fees for events such as fun runs or walks, performances or concerts, speakers or conferences, or other things of this nature, especially if there are door prizes or giveaways awarded to individuals present; limited selling of nonperishable goods; receiving event sponsorships from local businesses or receiving donations of goods or services in kind from local businesses (some restrictions may apply); solicitation of alumni, family, or friends for donations to support club operations.
- Types of fundraising that are not permitted: Car washes; GoFundMe accounts; events that involve an element of chance like a casino night or card tournament; signing contracts that include ongoing funding agreements on behalf of the Ventura County Community College District, Moorpark College, or a Moorpark College-sponsored student organization; or using online services such as PayPal or VenMo to receive funds for your club.
All cash and check funds raised by clubs must be deposited into the organization's trust account at the Student Business Office at the earliest time possible. The Student Activities Office has cash boxes available for loan to clubs that wish to security collect funds the day of an event. In addition to fundraising, student organizations can submit a Funding Application to receive financial support from the Programming Committee (see "Requesting funds from ASMC" section above).
Setting up or changing your club's trust account
The Ventura County Community College District must account for all spending done by student organizations that have been formally recognized by the Associated Students of Moorpark College. This is managed through the set-up of a trust account. Each official club can set up a trust account, which allows them to receive and deposit funding which they can spend on things like conferences, prizes, food, and other items. The following paperwork demonstrates how to use or update a trust account:
- Blank trust account SET-UP form (for new or returning clubs that do not yet have a trust account)
- Sample trust account set-up form (shows how you might fill in the required components)
- Blank trust account UPDATING form (for clubs that have a trust account but need to change their form)
- Sample trust account updating form (with examples of the data you would input into the required fields)
Petty cash processing
Student organizations can withdraw up to $200 (max) in petty cash to cover minor out-of-pocket advances or reimbursements. Examples of appropriate purchases might include snacks for a club meeting or small materials for a club activity. Petty cash fund are not to be used to purchase equipment, pay for repairs, materials or supplies for building repairs or ground improvements, travel, or personal check cashing. (Please first read the petty cash guidelines for more information.)
To access petty cash from a club's account, a student or advisor listed on the club's trust account signature form (see above section) should complete a Requisition form requesting the funds. Only hard-copy Requisition forms may be submitted. Clubs may pick up a Requisition form at the Student Activities Office (located in the MC Campus Center), or from Fiscal Services (located in the Administration Building).
Once the petty cash form has been signed by all necessary signatories (one club officer, one advisor, the Student Activities Specialist, and the Division Dean), the petty cash requisition form can then be taken to the Student Business Office (SBO) to retrieve the funds. All unspent cash must be resubmitted to the SBO with original receipts and a list of attendees from the meeting or event in which the petty cash was used within 10 days of the activity. Clubs may only have one petty cash requisition form active at a time and cannot submit a new form until the previous one has been reconciled with SBO. Please contact email@example.com with any questions.
Purchasing things or receiving advance checks
Other purchases or expenses that do not fit the petty cash guidelines must be paid through either a purchase order or advance check. Making a purchase order or requesting an advance check starts with the submission of a Requisition form. Only hard-copy Requisition forms may be submitted. Clubs may pick up a Requisition form at the Student Activities Office (located in the MC Campus Center), or from Fiscal Services (located in the Administration Building).
Renting equipment, paying for services, or providing honorariums to speakers, or ordering items for your organization can take at least three weeks to process. Please plan accordingly. Requisition forms for any payment processing will not be accepted if they are not received at least three weeks in advance of the date the event is taking place or the item is needed. The Ventura County Community College District has thousands of preferred vendors for a variety of goods and services, but if a club wishes to use a vendor not listed in the VCCCD database, the vendor will need to submit a New Vendor Creation Packet. Adding a new vendor to the database can take up to 2 weeks. This is on top of the 2-3 weeks it can take for a purchase order to be processed by Moorpark College and the District Administration Center. Please plan accordingly.
Filming on campus
Students, faculty, staff, or local community members must submit an application for approval before conducting any filming or commercial photography on the Moorpark College campus. Please select the appropriate filming permit from the two options below, and submit the completed form to the Moorpark College Business Services Office, located in the Administration Building.
- General Film Permit (for faculty, staff, or other community members)
- Moorpark College Student Film Permit
Creating or renewing a student organization
All active student organizations who wish to continue their operations into the next academic year must renew their club's paperwork with the Student Activities Office by the end of the current academic year. Hard-copies of the required paperwork are available in the Student Activities Office, with electronic versions provided in this section. Required renewal paperwork must be submitted to the Student Activities Office by Friday, June 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Student organizations applying for renewal must submit the following four (4) documents:
- Student Organization Information Form
- Student Organization Officer Information Form
- Trust Account Update Form
- Student Organization Advisor's Agreement
Students looking to create a new organization must submit the following five (5) documents:
- New Student Organization Starter Packet
- New Student Organization Information
- New Student Organization Officer Information
- New Student Organization Advisor's Agreement
- Trust Account Authorization Set-Up
- ASMC Standing Rules, Article V
Student organizations that have been inactive for over two (2) years and wish to become active again must go through the same steps as those students forming a new organization.
Additional resources for student organizations
Here are some additional resources that student organizations may find useful:
Canva: Canva is an online platform that allows for the creation of designs for web or print, including blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations, and much more--all for free! Get started at www.canva.com.
SurveyMonkey: SurveyMonkey provides free online questionnaire and survey software. Visit www.surveymonkey.com to get started.
Doodle: This online software simplifies the process of scheduling meetings and events. Check it out at www.doodle.com.
MailChimp: MailChimp is an email marketing platform that allows people to create beautiful email campaigns for free. Start creating yours at www.mailchimp.com.
Google Docs: Google docs allows for the creation and editing of web-based documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. These documents can be stored online and accessed from any computer. Visit www.docs.google.com to learn how to use this free resource.
Transcript Addition form: Did you know that your official Moorpark College transcripts can include notes about your student organization involvement? Download the Transcript Addition form and submit it to the Student Activities Office.