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Any group of 10 or more students desiring to establish a student organization may apply to become a Recognized Student Organization (RSO) at Tulane University. 

The process for chartering an RSO is listed below:

Step 1

Search the list of Recognized Student Organizations on OrgSync to determine if a similar organization exists.

Step 2

Apply for recognition via the Register New Organization OrgSync form.

Step 3

New organization requests will be reviewed by the Director of the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life for completion of all required materials.  The request will be directed to the appropriate sponsoring entity -  Undergraduate Student Government (USG), Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA), Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs (OFSP), or University department for further review and approval.   

  • USG Sponsored Student Organizations: The proposed organization will be contacted by the USG Vice President of Student Organizations (VPSO) and invited to a Student Body Administrative Council (SBAC) meeting to speak on the organization's behalf and answer questions.  Questions that may be used to determine whether an organization should be recognized include, but are not limited to the following:
    --What is the purpose of your proposed organization?
    --Describe the activities of the proposed organization.
    --What is the organizational structure of your organization?
    --Is this organization open to all students?
    --How do you plan to draw interest and recruit students into the proposed organization? Describe the expressed interest in the organization at this point.
    --How do you plan to sustain the proposed organization financially?
       Following the presentation, SBAC will vote to determine if the committee will recommend recognition for the proposed organization to the USG Senate.  If SBAC has voted to recommend the organization to the USG Senate, the proposed organization's information will be presented to Senate by the USG Vice President of Student Organizations.  Senate will vote on recognition status for the organization.
  • GAPSA Sponsored Student Organizations: GAPSA Sponsored Student Organizations represent each graduate school.  Organizations affiliated with the graduate school are reviewed and approved by the corresponding executive board.
  • OFSP Sponsored Student Organizations:  All OFSP Sponsored Student Organizations must complete the expansion process directed by the OFSP.  For more information, contact the OFSP at 504-314-2160.  
  • Department Sponsored Student Organizations: The proposed organization will be reviewed by the proposed Advisor and Director of the corresponding University department.  The Advisor and Director will determine approval and sponsorship of the organization.

Step 4

If the proposed organization receives recognition, the Director of the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life or designee will approve the Register New Organization Form on OrgSync.  The organization President and Advisor must attend a mandatory New Student Organization Orientation. Orientation sessions are scheduled with the Director of the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life and include student organization policies and procedures, resources, and OrgSync training.