- Recognized Student Organization (RSO) – are defined by these qualities:
- Membership and leadership comprised solely of students
- Must have a campus-based faculty or staff advisor
- Independent entities that receive benefits from the university by completing bi-annual requirements
- Formed in order to contribute to students personal development
- Functions are guided/directed by students
- Departmental Cocurricular Opportunities – are defined by these qualities:
- Primary functions of org operation are guided by the department/partnership
- Org could not function without the department/office
- Student may serve in a leadership role
- Advising written into a specific faculty/staff job description
- Org could not exist without a specific faculty, department, office, or major
- Membership could be a mix of faculty, staff, students
- Dept/Office assumes responsibilities
- Majority of members may be concentrated within major
- Exclusive membership via application/selection process because of major/affiliation with department selection/application process
- Faculty-Led Honor Societies – are defined by these qualities:
- Groups are overseen by a faculty/staff
- Students invited but serve in no formal role of leadership
- Membership is a mixture of faculty, staff, students
Categories of Organizations
Academic/Professional: These organizations are focused on students in a particular discipline. Emphasis is on the knowledge, skills, and experience related to a particular field of study.
Media and Publications: These organizations provide media/publication services for and about the university and campus.
Cultural/Intercultural/Identity Based: These organizations are centered around the appreciation of a specific culture, race, ethnic group, or identity. They allow members to meet people with similar characteristics and may provide education to the community about their focus.
Fee-Based: These organizations are supported by the Student Activities Fee. *Due to the nature of groups student organizations cannot charter under this category without a pre-approved fee from the Board of Governors.
Arts and Entertainment: These organizations create an outlet for creativity and allow students to show off their aesthetic appeal.
Political and Activism: These organizations represent student interests in various political ideologies and activist causes.
Fraternity/Sorority Life: These organizations are social organizations that are affiliated with Panhellenic Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, or Interfraternity Council. *Organizations must go through extension procedures via Union and Involvement Services.
Health and Wellness: These organizations promote healthy habits and work toward creating a desire to maintain a healthy life in society.
Honorary: These organizations provide recognition to students who have met certain eligibility requirements, which may include: GPA, leadership, academic program, etc.
Recreational/Sports: These organizations consist of members or teams who compete with each other and with other universities, and have some physical component.
Spiritual/Faith-Based: These organizations relate to particular religions or faiths.
Service: These organizations focus on providing service to the campus and community.
Social: These organizations strive to provide students with a social community or network.
Environmental/Sustainability: These organizations promote participation of students in learning about and working toward the conservation and sustainability of the environment, as well as enjoying the outdoors.
Special Interest: These organizations revolve around a particular activity or thought.