So you wanna start a student org?

Starting a new student organization might seem intimidating, but if you follow these simple steps then you’ll be good to go in no time. Last Spring I decided to start my own organization called Princess Pals at UC Davis. This is a club where students dress up as Disney Princesses to bring joy to children in hospitals, homeless shelters, schools, etc.  We hold special activities such as tea parties, art and crafts, and story telling. By completing these steps quickly, we were able to become approved in just a few weeks.

1. Choose a name for your organizations

a. The name you choose must not violate the university trademark. You can use the school’s name only to describe location (i.e Princess Pals at UC Davis or UC Davis Princess Pals)

b. While you may have member requirements, they must not be discriminatory (they cannot be based off of protected characteristics such as sex, race, etc)

2. Fill out “New Student Organization Interest Form”

a. You will create a profile with your Kerberos ID and proceed to fill out the form at https://orgsync.com/login/ucdavis

b. Keep in mind the purpose and mission of your organization because you will be asked on the form

3. Recruit 4 other currently enrolled UC Davis students to be officers in your organization.

a. This step usually takes the longest! All 4 students must review and verify the form  prior to submission for approval

b. Make sure you get their emails and phone numbers to include on the form and to have for future communication

3. After you are approved as a Registered Student Organization (RSO) you’ll most likely want to create an Agency Account through the school. This will allow you to…

a. Reserve rooms on campus

b. Apply for CFC grants and other on campus financial services

c. Rent equipment from on campus services

To activate your account you will need to bring $35 in cash or check to the ARC business Center along with a printed copy of your registered student organization confirmation email.

Good luck! As long as you follow these steps you’ll be ready to go in no time!

If you have further questions then the Center For Student Involvement (CSI) is the place to go. They are located on the 4th floor of the MU and their phone number is (530)752-2027.

Anais Stepanian
BASC Peer Advisor
Fourth Year: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior Major

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