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Becoming a Rotman Commerce student group

Become a recognized student group at Rotman Commerce! 

Students interested in developing their own recognized Rotman Commerce student group can apply to our student life team for recognition by following these steps.

1. Express your intent

Contact our student life team to indicate you have an idea they would like to develop. Include details of your initial idea and a rationale and purpose for the group. Send a copy of your email to:

2. Meet with student life team

Once we receive your proposal, we will arrange a meeting to get more information about your proposed group. You should be prepared to discuss:

  • Your concept
  • Information about you and any other students who are proposing the group
  • Your year of study and specialist
  • Your involvement with other student life activities at Rotman Commerce or U of T
  • Your previous experience with student governance

3. Develop your idea

After the initial meeting, spend more time on developing your idea. Think about:

  • the group’s mission and vision
  • the student market that the group will serve
  • the need within our community that is not being met and expressed demand for it from your peers
  • your research into similar groups at other universities and colleges
  • market research on what the need for the group and its mandate is in the industry
  • what type of industry this group will serve
  • potential learning opportunities or career paths for students who are involved with this group
  • how the group will contribute to the Rotman Commerce and U of T community

4. Present your idea

Your second meeting with the student life team is your opportunity to present your idea and market research findings, and make a case for the prospective benefits to the Rotman Commerce student population. We’ll discuss together whether there is already a current group that fills the need, how the mission and vision of your proposed group aligns with Rotman Commerce’s vision and values, how your group plans to develop its own values, what sort of pitch you will make to Rotman Commerce administration, and what steps you might take if your pitch is not approved.

After you’ve presented your idea to student life, you can start preparing your pitch. To do so, work through the following steps:

  • Develop your organizational structure
  • Begin to develop your plans for events and initiatives
  • Decide what you will need to implement these offerings, and how you could collaborate with existing groups within Rotman Commerce/U of T/external stakeholders

As you tackle these steps, you’ll meet with student life a third time to discuss your progress. This is a time for you to refine your initial planning and begin thinking about how the group will develop in the future.

5. Propose your group to Rotman Commerce administration

Your group will present to a panel of Rotman Commerce staff for consideration. Prior to this, you may meet again with the student life team to practice your presentation and receive feedback.
The panel will have a staff member from each of the following units:

  • Student Life
  • Office of the Director
  • Centre for Professional Skills
  • Career Services
  • Academic Services
  • Recruitment and Admissions
  • Advancement

Your presentation will be evaluated on a rubric that each panelist will have. These rubrics will form the basis for the panel’s final decision, which will then be discussed with the Director, Managing Director, and Assistant Directors of Academic Services and Student Life. Feedback will be communicated to you and your group from Student Life along with the final decision and directions.

6. Group Approval

If your group proposal is approved, you will be provided with:

  • A constitution template
  • A hiring template
  • Important dates for the upcoming year

7. Timeline

Generally speaking, the timeline for this process is as follows:

  • October: Initial planning meeting
  • November: First development meeting
  • December: Second development meeting
  • January: Presentation to panel
  • February: Decision and communication
  • March: Begin executive hiring