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Harvard Clubs and Shared Interest Groups are required to have Bylaws (Constitution) that detail the operating procedures of the organization. The Bylaws need to be reviewed frequently to ensure they reflect the needs of the organization.

Sample Bylaws template (updated 11/3/23) is available as a model when crafting or revising governing documents. Please consider local jurisdiction requirements and adjust the Sample Bylaws template accordingly. 


To better protect the organization and its' volunteers, the HAA strongly recommends the following language be included in your organization's Bylaws:


  • The Club/SIG will not limit membership on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, sex, genetic information, ancestry, religion, caste, creed, veteran status, disability, military service, sexual orientation, or political beliefs. 

  • Community Guidelines Harvard University Alumni Affairs & Development (AA&D) programs and volunteer opportunities respect the rights, differences, and dignity of others. Those taking part in AA&D activities are expected to demonstrate honesty, integrity, and civility in those activities, and are accountable for their conduct there with University alumni, students, parents, volunteers, employees, and invitees. 

  • Harvard University Alumni Affairs & Development reserves the right to suspend services to and the exclude from participation in AA&D programs any person whose inappropriate behavior adversely affects the safety, well-being, and inclusion of community members.

Please submit any revised Bylaws via email to The organization may reach out to your Staff Liaison for help with Bylaws.