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Affiliation Renewal Frequently Asked Questions


We get a lot of questions about the Affiliation Renewal. We've answered a lot of the common question here, but feel free to contact us if you have a question that hasn't been answered yet.

What is the Affiliation Renewal?
The Affiliation Renewal is a twice-yearly questionnaire that we require our affiliates to complete. It helps us make sure we have current contact information for your group, and lets us know how your group is doing so we can best help you. We hold one renewal in the fall and one in the spring.

How do I renew my group's affiliation?
We will send out emails to all our affiliate group leaders and advisors with a link to the questionnaire. By using the link, the form will auto-fill with the information we have about your group. If you did not receive an email with that link, you can go to www.secularstudents.org/renew (during the renewal period) and fill out a blank renewal form. Please note that the renewal form is a different form than the one you used to originally affiliate your group with us!

Why do I have to renew my group's affiliation?
We require the Affiliation Renewal because some of our groups are more independent than others, and not everyone talks to us regularly. The Affiliation Renewal makes sure that we have contact with each group at least once a semester, so we have an idea of how you're doing. It also helps us keep our Affiliates Listing up to date so that interested students and media can get in touch with your group.

What happens if I don't fill out the Affiliation Renewal?
If your group does not fill out the Affiliation Renewal form, your group will lose its affiliation with the Secular Student Alliance - and lose access to all our services along with it. We don't want to lose you! If you just missed the deadline, contact us! We can reinstate your group if you're still active and are willing to provide us with the information we need.

What do you do with the information in the questionnaire?
We use most of the information to make sure we can get in touch with your group. While some of the information we collect is published on our Affiliates Listing, we only publish the information that we say will be public. The rest of the information we use to make sure we are doing the best job we can of developing and delivering services to your group.

What if I can't find all the information you need?
If you can't find a piece of information, simply note what's missing in the survey and email us as soon as you can find it. We'd rather have an incomplete survey from you and know that your group is still alive and well than have to drop your affiliation because we haven't heard from you.

Who can fill out the survey for my group?
Any officer can fill out the survey for your group. We send the form to all officers and faculty advisors listed in our database, so make sure you communicate with your other officers before you submit the survey.

I got a notice about the Affiliation Renewal, but I graduated.
This sometimes happens, since we use the information from the previous Affiliation Renewal to let our groups know about the current renewal. If you have received an email about the Affiliation Renewal, we'd really appreciate it if you can pass it along to your group's new leaders, or contact us and let us know how to reach the current leaders of your group. That ensures that we can reach the current leadership and make sure your group can stay affiliated.

I filled out the survey and clicked "Submit Survey" but I don't think it worked.
If you filled out your survey correctly, you will receive an automated confirmation email at the group address provided in the survey. If you did not receive this email, there might have been an error. Please contact organizer(AT)secularstudents(DOT)org, and we'll try to figure out what went wrong.

Why is this thing so long?
We love you and want to know what you're doing.  This is the only chance we have to make sure we get critical information about your group, what you're doing, how you're doing, and how good a job we are of meeting your needs.  It's like calling your mom on Mother's Day - it might be a pain, but it means the world to us.  If that doesn't make you feel better, then think of it as the only payment we ask for all the awesome stuff we provide for your group.

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