New Student Organization How-To
In order to be recognized by the University, student organizations need to follow a few preliminary steps:
1. Review this list of current student organizations and ensure that your proposed organization’s purpose does not overlap with that of a pre-existing organization.
2. Find four other students interested in joining your club.
3. Start finding a faculty or staff member at USC who could serve as your organization’s advisor.
4. Come up with a unique name that reflects your organization’s purpose and does NOT start with USC. For example, “USC Spirit Club” is not allowed, but “SC Spirit” and “Spirit Club at USC” are both fine.
After you have completed the previous steps, proposed student organizations will then need to fill out our form online detailing your proposed name, purpose, and contact information. This form will open on Monday, August 27th, 2018.
- Wait from an email back from the Peer Leadership Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) inviting you to a recognition meeting.
- Attend a recognition meeting, where we will outline recognized student organization (RSO) privileges, rules, and also how to complete the recognition process.
- Create a profile for your organization on our online platform, upload your organization’s constitution in accordance with our sample one posted online, add four members to your roster, add your club’s advisor (must have an @usc.edu email address), and make sure your advisor has confirmed (all on our online portal).
- If recognized, you will receive a recognition letter for the academic year that will need to be renewed the following year.
Please note that we are in the process of transitioning from our current platform, EngageSC, to our new platform, OrgSync. By the end of Summer 2018, all current student organizations will have a page on the new platform, and the recognition process for new student organizations will take place on OrgSync as well.
Campus Activities will place all RSO’s into four main offices of oversight:
- Office of Religious Life (ORL) – Religious organizations seeking recognition must complete the guidelines outlined on the Office of Religious Life website prior to receiving university recognition.
- USC Recreational Sports/Recreation Club Council (RCC) – Club sports seeking RCC recognition must adhere to the guidelines established by USC Recreational Sports.
- Office of Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development (FSLD) – Moving forward, fraternities and sororities will be recognized as those organizations that:
- Allow single gender status for fraternities and sororities as protected under Title IX;
- Ensure the presence of an inter/national organization for which the collegiate organization (local chapter) is legally recognized and insured;
- Are governed under national branches and local structures of Panhellenic Council, Inter-fraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Asian Greek Council; and
- Can provide incorporation status – federal or state – at the national or local level.
- Campus Activities RSO– Student organizations provide opportunities for students and other members of the university community to explore their academic, professional, political, social, recreational, artistic, cultural, spiritual or community service interests. In addition, student organizations provide a laboratory for the development of interpersonal, organizational and leadership skills in the members and officers. Such organizations exist to promote the educational mission of the university.
View the official memo detailing these changes here: Campus Activities-FSLD-MEMO