Recognized Student Organization (RSO): Defined
Recognized Student Organizations at Clemson University are based on, centered around, led, governed, and directed by students. Membership is open to all Clemson University students and may also include CU faculty, staff, alumni and alumnae as well as off-campus members. However, only CU students can be voting members. They represent a wide range of interests and fields of study.
RSO’s can either be recognized by Clemson Undergraduate Student Government or Clemson Graduate Student Government. They cannot be recognized by both. Recognition of new student organizations takes place during the academic year only.
A recognized undergraduate student organization is defined as an organization whose membership is comprised of a majority of currently enrolled undergraduate students. A majority of the executive positions must be held by Clemson University undergraduate students. All executive positions must be held by full-time students in good academic and judicial standing. (Full time is defined as 12 credits for undergraduate students and 6 credits for graduate students. Majority is defined as constituting more than half of the membership.)
A recognized graduate student organization is defined as an organization whose membership is comprised of a majority of currently enrolled graduate students. A majority of the executive positions must be held by Clemson University graduate students. All executive positions must be held by full-time students in good academic and judicial standing. (Full time is defined as 12 credits for undergraduate students and 6 credits for graduate students. Majority is defined as constituting more than half of the membership.)
Join OrgSync@Clemson – the online management platform for student organizations and clubs
Use of University facilities. Read Event Planning Guidelines.
Sponsor fund-raising on campus. Read Sales and Solicitation Guidelines.
Establish an account with the Student Affairs Business Office for gifts/donations. Read Non-University Funding.
Establish an organizational website and email account
Listing in official online directory of Recognized Student Organizations
Advertise on campus – post flyers and banners in approved locations (Read Facilities Use Policy)
Post events in the weekly Student Body email bulletin - CUThere
Publish Organization’s picture in Taps
Participate in Tiger Prowl’s Organizations Fair and other Get Involved events
At least 6 founding members who are currently enrolled students at Clemson University. This can include officers. Note: In order to receive funding from CUSG an organization must have 12 undergraduate members.
A constitution – See the Constitution Writing Guide
An advisor who is a full-time faculty or staff member at Clemson University
Key Components of Starting a New Student Organization:
Your idea should be one of general appeal to the student body.
It should not duplicate existing student groups and their programs.
Your idea should support the educational mission of the University and meet its policies and procedures.
You should have an already committed group of students who are interested in supporting your activity.
You should have a plan that ensures the sustainability of your group for a period of three years or more.
You should have a realistic plan for how you can obtain financial support for your organization if funds are required.
If you have an OrgSync personal account, you can Login and click Join an Org. At the top of the page click “Register New Organization.” Enter requested information. You will be asked to upload your constitution and current member rooster.
If you do not have an OrgSync personal account, create a personal account now.
Once on your personal page, click Join an Org. At the top of the page click “Register New Organization.” Enter requested information. You will be asked to upload your constitution and current member rooster.
Once your application has been processed, you will be contacted to set up a recognition meeting.
Contacts for more information:
Graduate Student Organizations: David Parker (firstname.lastname@example.org) Organizations Director
Undergraduate Student Organizations: Bentley Sams (CUORGS@clemson.edu) Organizations Director
Wendy Marshall (email@example.com), Associate Director, Student Organizations and Clubs, Gantt Center for Student Life