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Student Organization Registration Categories and Requirements

Here's a complete list of student organization categories and their additional requirements.

All student organizations are required to:

  • Submit a constitution and
  • Have at least 3 Principal Members who have:

See the main registration page for more details and instructions.

Academic Department Affiliated Organizations

Academic department affiliated organizations strive to:

  • Increase involvement with on-campus academic department or program.
  • Increase faculty, staff, and student interaction.
  • Create close relationships with respective departments or programs.

Additional requirements:

  • Organizations are affiliated with an on-campus academic department or program.
  • Organizations must have a Community Advisor who is a faculty member or staff affiliated with the on-campus department or program.

Cooperative Organizations

Cooperative organizations strive to:

  • Provide work opportunities for students while developing skills in accounting practices, marketing, and cooperatives and small business organizations.
  • Providing the campus community with quality products and services.

Additional requirements:

  • Organizations should be student managed and staffed businesses to provide consumer goods and services to the campus community.
  • Student cooperatives at UC San Diego must register with the Center for Student Involvement to become an officially registered student organization.
  • In order to register as a student organization, cooperatives must be a 501(c)(3) cooperative non-profit organization currently registered and in good standing with the California Office of the Attorney General.
  • Status as a student, student organization, or a student cooperative does not result in preferential access to space to operate on-campus. The University uses a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to select food service providers or retail tenants who lease space on-campus. This is an open process where qualified food service providers or retailers may submit a proposal. The RFP process starts with The University determining its needs for a specific type of food service or retail activity. Once The University issues an RFP describing its requirements, proposals are considered based on a variety of factors, including number of years of experience the retailer or food service provider has operated similar establishments.
  • The retailer or food service provided selected is required to secure insurance, fund the construction of its premises, and pay rent, common area maintenance fees, and utility charges.
  • No student may receive personal financial gain from operating a cooperative on-campus.

Cultural Organizations

Cultural organizations strive to:

  • Celebrate, educate, and develop a sense of community relating to customary beliefs, social forms, and traits of a racial, ethnic, spiritual, or social group.
  • Participate in councils, committees, and programs of cultural organizations to foster communication, understanding, and positive relations among cultural groups. 

Dance Organizations

Dance organizations strive to:

  • Provide opportunities to practice and perform creative movement through dance.

Additional requirements

  • Organizations are required to provide a Roster Form, Dance Insurance Form, and an RSO Waiver for each member through the registration process via the registration portal. By doing so, the organization will receive UC Recreational Sports Club blanket insurance coverage. This means the organization will not need to apply for insurance coverage for individual practices and rehearsals.

Additional information:

Roster Form

  • Organizations must submit a Roster Form with a breakdown of their organization memberships via the registration portal.

Dance Insurance Form

  • Organizations must submit a Dance Insurance Form with a breakdown of their membership numbers via the registration portal.

RSO Waivers

  • Organizations must submit a completed and signed RSO Waiver for every member of your organization via the registration portal. A member's waiver is good from September to September each academic year.
  • In addition to submitting a RSO waiver for each member of your organization, all participants in your organization or person auditioning for your organization must also complete and sign a RSO Waiver.

Recreation Block Time - Due to COVID-19, not currently available

  • Block time is the weekly use of the same room at the same day and time of the week for the duration of a quarter, Week 1 through Week 10 in a recreation space.
  • All Dance Organizations that request Block Time are not guaranteed Block Time.
  • Block Time requests will be facilitated through the Recreation Scheduling Coordinator, Cassey Marsh at clmarsh@ucsd.edu.
  • Dance Organizations will be eligible to request Block Time from the Recreation Scheduling Coordinator once they are Registered Student Organization (RSO) with the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) for the academic year.
  • Dance Organizations will be allowed to request 2 hours a week of Block Time regardless of how many hours your dance organization had secured previously.
  • Additional spaces/times can be requested by a Principal Member through the Recreation office on a week to week basis using the Recreation Request Form.
  • All additional space (non-Recreation) reservations can be made by a Principal Member directly with the facility.
  • Weekly practices scheduled (including Block Time space) will be subject to change every quarter depending upon the Recreation Schedule adjustment.

Other

Educational Organizations

Educational organizations strive to:

  • Educate organization members and the campus community about specific topics, issues, and concerns through workshops, panel discussions, seminars, and other programs.

Health Profession Organizations

Health professional organizations strive to:

  • Prepare students for a professional career in a health profession.
  • Provide networking opportunities, workshops, panel discussions, seminars, and other programs for students interested in health professions.

Additional Requirements:

  • Organizations must have a Community Advisor with knowledge of the profession.

Interfraternity Council - Fraternity Organizations

Interfraternity Council (IFC) organizations strive to:

  • Support the academic mission of The University by holding each member to high academic standards, providing resources for academic support, and recognition of scholastic achievements.
  • Focus on values and ethics integration through membership development in leadership, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and health education programs.
  • Serve the community through direct service and promote awareness and financial support for beneficiaries through initiatives, programs, and philanthropies.
  • Develop a support system for members through brotherhood programs.
  • Actively engage as student leaders on-campus and maintain strong ties with graduated members.
  • Promote a sense of community through coordinated chapter interaction, an increased understanding of organizational development through self-governance, and accountability to mutually agreed-upon standards.

Additional requirements:

  • Organizations must have a Community Advisor.
  • Organizations must maintain a current membership roster.
  • Organizations must sign and abide by The Sorority & Fraternity Statement of Expectations.
  • Organizations must sign and abide by the Anti-Hazing Compliance Form.
  • Organizations must maintain appropriate levels of insurance as outlined in The Sorority & Fraternity Statement of Expectations.
  • Organizations must be in good standing with their regional, national, or international headquarters.

Martial Arts / Combatives / Weaponry Organizations

Additional requirements:

  • Organizations must be part of the UCSD Recreation competitive workout class curriculum.
  • Organizations must consist of full-time UC San Diego students.
  • Organizations must form with the goal to compete intercollegiately.
  • Organizations must be a member of an established intercollegiate organization or league.
  • Organizations must adhere to all Recreation Department policies regarding rosters, insurance, and travel before competing off-campus.
  • All Center for Student Involvement policies, with the above exceptions, will apply to organizations.

Note: Due to unique safety issues, liability and quality control, clubs, organizations, groups, or individuals interested in either learning or practicing combative-based, weapons-based or martial arts activities on-campus using UCSD sports facilities must do so through the UCSD Recreation Class Program.

Media Organizations

Media Organizations strive to:

  • Adhere to high journalistic standards.
  • Provide students with media production experiential opportunities.
  • Produce information that is current and serves to educate, raise awareness, and entertain the campus community.

Additional requirements:

  • Organizations must understand and operate within current local, state, and federal laws.
  • The following disclaimer must be included in every publication, regardless of publication's funding source: "This publication may have been funded in part or in whole by funds allocated by the ASUCSD. However, the views expressed in this publication are solely those of (NAME OF PUBLICATION), its Principal Members and the authors of the content of this publication. While the publisher of this publication is a registered student organization at UC San Diego, the content, opinions, statements, and views expressed in this or any other publication published and/or distributed by (NAME OF PUBLICATION) are not endorsed by and do not represent the views, opinions, policies, or positions of the ASUCSD, GSAUCSD, UC San Diego, The University of California and the Regents or their officers, employees, or agents. The Principal Members of each Student media bear and assume the full responsibility for the content of their publication."
  • The disclaimer must be published in the same size font used for the text content of the publication and must be located on either the title page of the publication or the reverse side of the title page, and be separate from any other content in the publication.
  • If the publication has no printed text, the disclaimer must be printed in at least 12-point font.

Multicultural Greek Council - Sorority & Fraternity Organizations

Multicultural Greek (MGC) organizations strive to:

  • Celebrate, educate, and develop a sense of community for students seeking cultural and Identity-based involvement opportunities.
  • Support the academic mission of The University by holding each member to high academic standards, providing resources for academic support, and recognition of scholastic achievements.
  • Focus on values and ethics integration through membership development in leadership, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and health education programs.
  • Serve the community through direct service and promote awareness and financial support for beneficiaries through initiatives, programs, and philanthropies.
  • Develop a support system for members through sisterhood and brotherhood programs.
  • Actively engage as student leaders on-campus and maintain strong ties with graduated members.
  • Promote a sense of community through coordinated chapter interaction, an increased understanding of organizational development through self-governance, and accountability to mutually agreed-upon standards.

Additional requirements:

  • Organizations must have a Community Advisor.
  • Organizations must maintain a current membership roster.
  • Organizations must sign and abide by The Sorority & Fraternity Statement of Expectations.
  • Organizations must sign and abide by the Anti-Hazing Compliance Form.
  • Organizations must maintain appropriate levels of insurance as outlined in The Sorority & Fraternity Statement of Expectations.
  • Organizations must be in good standing with their regional, national, or international headquarters.

Music and Performance Organizations

Music and Performance Organizations strive to:

  • Provide organization members and the campus community with opportunities to participate, engage, and appreciate music, theater, and performance arts.

Note: Organizations with a primary focus in dance should register in the Dance category (see above).

National Pan-Hellenic Council - Sorority & Fraternity Organizations

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations strive to:

  • Develop a sense of community for students seeking involvement in Historically Black fraternal organizations.
  • Promote cultural programs, workshops, etc. for the advancement of the Black community in civic, economic, educational and political affairs.
  • Support the academic mission of the University by holding each member to high academic standards, providing resources for academic support, and recognition of scholastic achievements.
  • Focus on values and ethics integration through membership development in leadership, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and health education programs. 
  • Serve the community through direct service and promote awareness and financial support for beneficiaries through initiatives, programs, and philanthropies.
  • Develop a support system for members through sisterhood, brotherhood programs, partnerships with Campus Community Centers, NPHC Alumni and other stakeholders. 
  • Actively engage as student leaders on-campus and maintain strong ties with graduated members.
  • Promote a sense of community through coordinated chapter interaction, an increased understanding of organizational development through self-governance, and accountability to mutually agreed-upon standards.

Requirements for the NPHC Category:

  • Organizations must be a member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Organizations must have a Community Advisor.
  • Organizations must maintain a current membership roster.
  • Organizations must sign and abide by The Sorority & Fraternity Statement of Expectations.
  • Organizations must sign and abide by the Anti-Hazing Compliance Form. 
  • Organizations must maintain appropriate levels of insurance as outlined in The Sorority & Fraternity Statement of Expectations.
  • Organizations must be in good standing with their regional, national, or international headquarters.

Panhellenic Association - Sorority Organizations

Panhellenic organizations strive to:

  • Support the academic mission of The University by holding each member to high academic standards, providing resources for academic support, and recognition of scholastic achievements.
  • Focus on values and ethics integration through membership development in leadership, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and health education programs.
  • Serve the community through direct service and promote awareness and financial support for beneficiaries through initiatives, programs, and philanthropies.
  • Develop a support system for members through sisterhood programs.
  • Actively engage as student leaders on-campus and maintain strong ties with graduated members.
  • Promote a sense of community through coordinated chapter interaction, an increased understanding of organizational development through self-governance, and accountability to mutually agreed-upon standards.

Additional requirements:

  • Organization must have a Community Advisor.
  • Organization must maintain a current membership roster.
  • Organization must sign and abide by The Sorority & Fraternity Statement of Expectations.
  • Organizations must sign and abide by the Anti-Hazing Compliance Form.
  • Organizations must maintain appropriate levels of insurance as outlined in The Sorority & Fraternity Statement of Expectations.
  • Organizations must be in good standing with their regional, national, or international headquarters.

Political Organizations

Political organizations strive to:

  • Create a space for civil dialogue pertaining to political viewpoints.
  • Conduct programs to educate members and the campus community regarding a political issue, political party, ballot measure, and candidates running for an elected office.

Pre-Professional Organizations

Pre-professional organizations strive to:

  • Prepare students for a professional career or area of study.
  • Provide networking opportunities, workshops, panel discussions, seminars, and other programs for students interested in a particular professional career.

Additional requirements:

  • Organizations must have a Community Advisor with knowledge of the profession.

Service Organizations

Service organizations strive to:

  • Provide students with opportunities to develop leadership skills to promote a culture of changemaking.
  • Provide a wide variety of experimental learning opportunities and foster a lifelong commitment to civic engagement and community service.
  • Participate in programming that drives positive change locally and worldwide

Social Organizations

Social organizations strive to:

  • Organize a variety of programs and events that provide all students with social experiences and entertainment to connect outside of the classroom.

Spiritual Organizations

Spiritual organizations strive to:

  • Provide organization members and the campus community with various activities of worship, devotion, prayer, meditation, discussions, or study of spiritual, secular, and religious concepts.

Student Affirmative Action Committee Organizations

Student Affirmative Action Committee organizations strive to:

  • Celebrate, education, and share the members' cultural perspective with the campus community.
  • Provide a sense of community for underrepresented student populations.
  • Participate in councils, committees, and programs of cultural organizations to foster communication, understanding, and positive relations among cultural groups.

Additional Requirements:

  • Organizations must be official members of SAAC. For information about how to become a SAAC member, please email the SAAC Chair at ucsdsaac@gmail.com.

Questions?

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