So You Want to Start a Registered Student Organization (RSO)?

While starting your own student organization on campus is a wonderful contribution to the campus community, there a few steps to keep in mind, to insure that your group gets properly registered. By meeting the following requirements, your group will be fully registered and able to function as an RSO.

RSO Application Deadline – April 1st


Step #1:

Make sure that you have at least ten members who are interested in joining the organization. Keep in mind, that to ensure the continuity of the organization, not all members can be seniors, and all members must be undergraduates of the 5-College Consortium.

Step #2:

E-mail the Secretary of the Registry and inquire about any upcoming application deadlines, and ask to schedule a meeting to be advised on the process of becoming an RSO. At this time, you will be able to ask any questions regarding the perks of being an RSO, funding from the Student Government Association (SGA), using space on campus, etc. You will also be given specific instructions on how to fill out the application. The Secretary of the Registry can be reached at sga.registry@stuaf.umass.edu

Step #3:

Once you have consulted with the Secretary of the Registry, you can go ahead and fill out the application, which will be on the Campus Pulse website.

Step #4:

If your application has been approved and recognized by the Secretary of the Registry, you will receive an e-mail containing the dates and times of a New RSO Orientation Workshop. You will be required to attend the orientation, in order to learn how to handle the daily financial and logistical operations of an RSO. It is required that the President and Treasurer (or equivalent) of your organization attend this workshop, although it would be great for all of the executive leadership, or all new members, at large, to attend.

Step #5:

Upon completing the New RSO Orientation Workshop, you will be fully active, and able to function as an RSO of the SGA.