Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Governing Board at Barnard?
The Governing Board at Barnard (GBB) is dedicated to representing, advocating for, and recognizing clubs at Barnard College. GBB supports clubs’ efforts to promote student activity and learning outside of the classroom. We collaborate with the other members of the Student Leadership Collective (SGA and McAC), the Barnard administration, and other governing boards of Columbia University to maximize campus opportunities and events for the greater student body. GBB recognizes groups with members from all undergraduate schools at Columbia University and enriches communities at Barnard and Columbia by providing resources to connect students through clubs, organizations, and events.
Our mission is to uphold the values of Barnard College by promoting the personal and intellectual development of students as leaders. We hold GBB clubs and their members to the high expectations of Barnard College: rigorous standards, self-awareness, holistic learning, and social accountability. Reflective of the Barnard mission statement, GBB believes that participation and leadership in student clubs will empower students “to achieve the personal strength that will enable them to meet the challenges they will encounter throughout their lives.” We strive to provide a strong sense of community and dedication to student life on Barnard's campus.
How do I become a GBB club?
Look at the Become a GBB Club page for applications and Club Procedures and Guidelines. Newly recognized groups are considered to be in the Stage 1 category.
Groups in Stage 1 may:
1. Reserve space on Barnard and Columbia's campus
2. Have an advisor from Barnard's Student Life
3. Have an account in which they may deposit funds raised
4. Hang fliers on Barnard’s campus, in accordance with the Barnard College Posting Policy
5. Hang fliers on Columbia’s campus, in accordance with the Columbia University Posting Policy
After a minimum of one full semester of Stage 1 recognition, a club can apply for Stage 2 recognition through GBB, whose executive members will vote on whether clubs will proceed to Stage 2 recognition
Groups in Stage 2 may:
1. Reserve space on Barnard and Columbia’s campus
2. Have an advisor from Barnard Student Life
3. Have an account in which they may deposit funds raised
4. Hang fliers on Barnard’s and Columbia’s campus
5. Apply for a GBB allocation via F@CU
What is necessary to be a club in good standing?
To be a club in good standing, you must:
1. Submit Monthly Reconciliation Forms
Reconciliation is for your previous month’s expenses. You must fill one out even if you do not use any funds. The monthly reconciliation form is due by the first business day of each month. You can obtain a reconciliation form from our Club Finance and Resources page. The form will also be linked in our newsletters. (You can sign up for the newsletters using this link.) Failure to hand in or email the reconciliation form will result in the freezing of your account. Please submit the Monthly reconciliation forms to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Meet with your Student Life Advisor at Barnard at least twice per semester!
3. Attend the mandatory GBB Town Hall meetings that occur once per semester. Attendance is taken at these Town Hall Meetings and failure to send a club representative will result in allocation cuts for the next year.
4. Abide by all Barnard College and Columbia University policies and GBB Club guidelines.
How do I book space on Barnard's campus? Columbia's campus?
Any Barnard or Columbia club recognized by any governing board can book space at Barnard if they attended the Barnard mandatory session at Club ReFUEL in the Fall filled out the approved events management designees form.
What if I missed Club ReFUEL at the beginning of the year? Can I still book space?
If you missed Club ReFUEL in the fall, you will need to attend a ReFUEL Makeup session that GBB will be hosting only once at the beginning of the Spring 2016 semester. Your club will be able to book space for the spring semester if your club attends this makeup session. Email email@example.com if you would like to attend a makeup session.
Who should I contact if I am having issues reserving space on either Barnard or Columbia's campus?
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about Barnard Events Management.
For questions about Columbia University Events Management, please go to http://uem.columbia.edu/
What are sources of funding for my club besides our GBB allocation?
Check our our Additional Funding Opportunities page to find cosponsorships that you can apply to! You can also apply for Club of the Month which the next question is about.
What is Club of the Month? How do I apply?
Each month, GBB awards one club that has made a significant impact on the Barnard community with a $100 co sponsorship. You can apply here!
How can I advertise my club's events through GBB?
Please send an email to the Communications Chair, Isabel Weiss at email@example.com with the time, date, and location of your club’s event. Please also send a short blurb for the event hat you would like to be posted in the Coming Up on Campus page.
How do I change our group's designees?
The President/Chair of your group must email GBB, Events Management, and firstname.lastname@example.org with the names of the new designee and the old designee they are replacing. Your email should include new designee's name, UNI, title/position, and phone number.
How do I become a dually-recognized club?
Due to recent policy changes, GBB no longer honors dual recognition with an already recognized club from any other governing board. Any recognized club, regardless of governing board recognition, may now program on either campuses upon successful completion of both the Barnard and Columbia ReFuel sessions that take place in the Fall and Spring semesters.