Tip: How to join Groups you're interested in

You may be able to either join a group on your own or request membership from the Group Chair (depending on the group's configuration and your organization's membership requirements for group participation).  This is useful if you would like to begin participating in a Group you're not currently a member of.

First, visit the "All Groups" page by clicking the "All Groups" link from the main Groups drop down menu.  This page shows you all the Groups that are visible to you in the Organization.  Click the Group name for the Group you wish to join to then go to that Group's Home Page.

  1. In the Group Info section, click the "Join group" link. This takes you to the Join page for that group.
    • Note: If you do not see the "Join group" link, then the organization does not allow members to join the group on their own. Contact an Admin to ask about becoming a Member of the Group.
  2. Carefully read the Criteria for Participation in the Groups section. If you agree to the terms and conditions, continue to Step 3 and fill out the application form.
    • Note: Some organizations may not have any Criteria for Participation in groups. If that is the case, you will not be asked to agree to any terms.
  3. In "Name", if your name is not pre-populated, enter a partial name or email address in the text box and click Lookup. Click your name to select it.
  4. For "Group Role", select which type of member role you desire.
    • Note: You can have different member roles (with varying privileges) for each group you belong to.
  5. For "Request Voting Rights", select whether or not you wish to request the right to vote on Group Ballots.
    • Note: Voting Rights will only be available if Balloting is enabled for the Group and Voting Rights may be limited to specific roles in the group.
  6. For "Other Information", enter any pertinent information relating to your membership application. All characters are allowed (including spaces) with no maximum limit. However, HTML is not allowed.
  7. For "Agreement", click Yes if you accept the terms and conditions of joining the group.
    • Note: Some organizations may not have any Agreement Terms for Participation in groups, If that is the case, you will not be asked to agree to any terms.
  8. Click the "Submit Request" button to process your membership application or the "Cancel" button to return to the Group Home Page without submitting your application.
  9. Note: Required fields are designated by an asterisk (*). If you click Submit Request and a required field is left blank, an error message appears in red next to the blank field heading. Enter the required information and click Submit Request again. Depending on how the group you are applying to is configured, when you click Submit Request, one of the following happens:
    • If the group is configured so that membership is automatically granted, you immediately become a member of the group and you go to the Congratulations page. You may then begin participating in the Group.
    • If the group is configured so that membership applications are moderated by the group Chair, your application is accepted and you go to a page with a message that the group Chair has been notified of your membership application, will evaluate your request and contact you.
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