Registered Student Organization (RSO) Classifications

As of academic year 2016-2017, all RSOs were assigned to one of four (4) classifications: chartered, sponsored, affiliated, and recognized. A student organization’s classification is directly related to the size and scope of the organization as well as the strength of connection it has to University operations. Each classification has its own rights and privileges as well as annual requirements. Each RSO's classification is listed in the "Documents" section of the organization's Owl Life page.

RSO classifications are approved by the Department of Student Activities. The RSO Classification Committee, which was a diverse committee consisting of students, staff and faculty, reviewed RSO classification requests in Fall 2016 and advised Student Activities staff on which classification best fits each requesting RSO. All new Registered Student Organizations' classifications are established at the time of creation as "Recognized". As organizations change and evolve in their operations over time, they may request for a new classification that better captures their operations through a request to the Department of Student Activities. The process to appeal an RSO Classification in Spring 2018 is open from February 5-22, 2018 (link below).

Request to Change RSO Classification Timeline:

 2/5/18- Online application to request to change classification goes live; application emailed to RSOs and available online

 2/21/18- Deadline for all RSOs to complete the request to change classification application by 11pm

 2/22/18-2/23/18- Review of applications 

 2/23/18- All RSOs notified of their classification

 3/2/18- Deadline for RSOs to appeal their classification, if so desired


Spring 18 Request to Change RSO Classification Application

RSO Manual with most update todate Classification informaiton

The Classification Guide is available HERE (from Spring 2017)

The Classification Presentation is available HERE (from Spring 2017)


Contact RSO Support at with questions or concerns