Registered Student Organizations (RSO): student organizations that are formally recognized by the University and are originated out of student interest – they are not directly connected or supported by a University department. RSOs are formed by currently enrolled students sharing a common goal or interest and have properly completed the necessary forms on time and agree to adhere to guidelines established by the University. RSOs are organized according to six different classifications:
|Service/Spiritual||Activities and membership involve primarily spiritual activities and/or development through volunteer and/or service projects.|
|Hobby/Special Interest||Activities and membership center on a particular hobby and/or special interest area.|
|Political/Social Issues||Organizations affiliated with local and/or national political bodies; activities and membership center on interest in a particular social issue or concern.|
|Cultural/Ethnic||Activities and membership center on a particular ethnic or cultural group.|
|Academic/Honorary||Activities and membership center on a particular academic or collegiate course of study or curriculum; organizations which select members on the basis of achievement in a particular academic discipline.|
|Media||Student-operated publications which publish on a regular basis.|
Sponsored Student Organizations (SSO): student organizations that are formally recognized by the University and are inherently linked to a University department. They are classified as sponsored as they are groups that are departmentally supported. The mission and operations of an SSO are considered mission critical to a specific department and/or the University. The financial resources used to support an SSO come directly from a University department and, therefore, SSOs are not eligible to receive funding through the Student Activity Fund.