Registration is the annual process student organizations go through in order to be recognized by the university and receive resources. Existing student organizations must complete requirements for registration each year during the organization's registration window to maintain active status and to receive access to university funds and resources. Brand new organizations may begin registration in either the autumn or spring registration window.
It is important to view the Student Organization Registration and Funding Guidelines to completely understand the roles and requirements of student organizations on campus. The Guidelines explain the registration process outlined below as well other important aspects of student organization operations such as CSA Funding.
- Organization status
- Registration windows
- Annual registration requirements
- Starting a new student organization
- Contact our team
If you need support in understanding this process, re-activating an inactive organization, or navigating a leadership transition along with registration, meet with a member of our team by going to go.osu.edu/CoachRequest.
Student organizations can fall under several statuses, which are based on the amount of time an organization has continuously completed the registration requirements as well as the membership size.
In March 2021, the Council on Student Affairs approved a temporary suspension of membership size through spring semseter 2022. In recognition of the difficulties with membership recruitment and retention due to the pandemic, student organizations eligible to achieve or maintain Active-Established status will be required to have a minimum of 5 members, instead of 15.
Active: Registration requirements are fully completed before the window is closed. The two designations of Active status are New/Re-established and Established, described below:
Pending: Registration is in-progress and the registration window is open. All organizations are listed in Pending status during their registration window as requirements are being completed. All brand new organizations are automatically listed in pending status. Most benefits available to registered student organizations are available while an organization is Pending.
Inactive: Registration is not completed and the window is closed. This may include organizations that are no longer operating as groups on campus. An organization was in Pending status but missed one or more registration requirement at the end of the registration window deadline. Organizations who are Inactive due to missing registration requirements can restore their status to Active New/Re-Established I by completing the remaining requirement(s). Active status will reset because continuity was broken.
Unregistered: organizations that choose to be listed in the Student Organization Directory online, but do not complete all of the registration requirements and therefore, do not receive any benefits or resources available to student organizations. An organization must request this status designation.
Archived: An organization did not complete registration for 2 or more consecutive years and the window is closed. By default, an organization's record will be placed into the student organization archive. The organization can be re-activated by request.
All student organizations exist on an annual registration cycle. Roughly half of the student organization community registers in each window annually.
All registration requirements must be completed within the window (on or before the deadline) in order to stay continuously registered and achieve Active status.
Student organizations who have significantly adapted operations due to the pandemic may request a registration extension through autumn 2021 by contacting email@example.com. Significant adaptations might include choosing not to recruit new members, postponing officer elections or suspending regular meetings. The extension is intended to provide a more flexible timeline for operations and support the needs of leaders and members.
We recommend that you select a window based on your officer election and transition cycle. If your organization transitions on the calendar year (i.e., over winter break) then we recommend you select the Spring Registration Window. If your organization transitions on the academic year (i.e. over summer break) then we recommend you select the Autumn Registration Window. It is important to consider your transition timeline so that incoming officers are able to complete registration at the beginning of their term, which allows them to learn the processes and resources related to student organizations.
Annual Registration Requirements
There are three main categories of registration requirements.
- Online Student Training Modules for president and treasurer must be completed annually. They can be accessed in the Student Organization Management System.
- Live Student Training Sessions for president and treasurer must be completed annually. Each role attends one session.
- Training for Advisor must be completed every 2 years, either via a live session or online module based on eligibility.
Visit the Training webpage for more information on training sessions and to sign up for live sessions.
The individual who is listed as Primary Leader in the student organization management system must submit several pieces of information in the student organization management system. The following instructional video will be helpful for presidents navigating the Student Organization Management System to submit this information:
- Information shared in the Student Org Directory including org purpose, meeting information, membership requirements, and more.
- Affirmation of non-discrimination policy and anti-hazing statement.
- A minimum of 5 students
- 3 of the 5 must be listed as Primary Leader, Secondary Leader, and Treasurer
- Note: Updating the roster is the only way to affirm officer transitions and provide access to the Student Org Management System for key individuals.
- Purpose statement
- Officer titles and duties
- Member selection and removal process
- Officer selection and removal process
- Statement of nondisrimination prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status or any other basis in accordance with Student Organization Registration and Funding Guidelines.
- Note: Student organizations are not legal entities of the university. Include all relevant sections related to all organization processes and policies. Submit PDF or Word format. A Sample Constitution is available for reference.
- At least two goals
- Advisor will need to approve each goal
- Note: Refer to the Student Organization Success Framework for possible goal areas.
Online advisor approvals are needed for both registration and goals. These must be submitted by the primary advisor annually via the online Student Organization Management System. Upon logging in, use the approval links available on the dashboard. For more information, visit the Advisors webpage.
Student organization leaders are responsible for recruiting/selecting their advisor. Additional information about eligibility and role expectations can be found on the Advisors webpage.
There are many ways to be successful in finding an advisor. Consider reaching out to your existing networks of faculty and staff. Seek individuals with similar academic backgrounds or interest areas. Connect with similar student organizations for advice and networking. Contact Student Activities staff at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional suggestions.
Advisors are required to submit the online approvals annually and complete training every two years.
Confirm that the organization you are interested in creating is not duplicated in the student organization community by searching the Student Organization Directory. Specifically, the purpose for the new organization needs stand apart from all other student organizations.
Complete a New Organization Interest Form, which must be submitted at least 2 weeks before the close of the Registration Window - by October 15 or April 1, respectively - to ensure adequate time for new organizations to complete initial meetings and registration requirements.
Attend a New Org Welcome (NOW) Meeting. Upon submitting the New Organization Interest Form, you will be invited to attend the NOW Meeting during Staff Office Hours. The purpose of this meeting is to seek approval for your organization idea and talk through the steps to register.
If approved, your final step is to complete the registration process. New organizations must complete the requirements within 60 days of receiving approval or by the end of the registration window, whichever comes later.
Email our team at email@example.com if you have questions on registration or starting a new student organization.