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Resources below are sorted by outcomes from the Student Organization Success Framework. Use the links in the menu to navigate directly to related resources with an outcome, or peruse the while page by scrolling. Reach out to us at csls@osu.edu if you have any questions about resources or suggestions for something you'd like to see in this list.

Registration

Not one of the 19 success outcomes in the Student Organization Success Framework, but registration is a major component of operating a student organization on campus. Student organizations are required to complete registration annually.  For more information on the process and requirements, visit the Registration page.

Student Organization Management System Tutorial Videos

Other Registration Resources

Registration Checklist - Review the entire process of registration and requirements
Sample Constitution - Use this in reviewing or creating your constitution. Feel free to copy as much as you'd like from the sample document.

Live Training Session Content (for reference only, must be completed in-person to receive credit)

Online Module Training Content (for reference only, must be completed in the Student Org Management System to receive credit)

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Member Development

Leadership Capacity and Confidence

Leadership Education Needs Assessment (LENA): Reflect on your leadership confidence and receive a list of campus resources to help you improve.
Student Leadership Advocates: Request services like personality inventories or etiquette dinners to increase leadership skills for your members.
Leadership Courses: Enroll in a course to improve your leadership skills (for example, ESHESA 2575 Student Org Leadership).
LEAD Series: Attend an assortment of open workshops designed to improve leadership regardless of where you are in your leadership journey.
Leadership Awards: Nominate a member for an award to encourage them to see their own success with your organization.

For more information on being successul in Leadership Capacity and Confidence, click here.


Social Perspective Taking

Community Kit Conversations: Start a dialogue among your members on a variety of guided topics.
Student Mediation Program: Help your organization maturely navigate interpersonal conflicts by requesting mediation services.

For more information on being successful in Social Perspective Taking, click here.

Wellness

Student Wellness Center: Request a presentation for your members from Wellness Ambassadors on a variety of important topics.
Intramural Sport Programs: Consider creating a team for your organization to compete in an intramural sport for some great team-building.
Adventure Recreation Center Programs: Go on an Adventure Trip or request outdoor learning and team-building activities for your org.

For more information on being successful in Wellness, click here.

Organization Operations

Purpose and Goals

SMART Goal Setting: Read about how to create a SMART Goal.
President Training: Setting goals are required for registration. The President Training session reviews the importance of having a strong purpose tied to goals.
Student Leadership Advocates: Request a workshop for your organization members to create meaningful goals.
Student Org Success Coaches: Meet with a Coach to create action-based goals for your oranization's growth.

For more information on being successful in Purpose and Goals, click here.

Membership Recruitment and Retention

Autumn and Spring Involvement Fairs: Sign up your organization to attend one of the university's largest events designed to connect students to meaningful involvement experiences.
Leadership Awards: Recognize your members and your organization's efforts. Recognition is one of the main pillars of retention.
Student Org Success Coaches: Talk with a Coach to review your recruitment and retention efforts and create a plan.

For more information on being successful in Membership Recruitment and Retention, click here.

Budgeting and Financial Management

Sample Budget: Use this template to manage your org's budget.
USG Funding Request Form: Apply for supplemental funding support from Undergraduate Student Government.
How to Write a Check: Learn the proper way to fill out a check.
Treasurer Training: This training covers the expectations and processes related to being a student org treasurer.
Student Wellness Center: Schedule an appointment with a Financial Coach for assistance in managing your budget.
AP Compliance Form: Complete this form before receiving CSA Funds

For more information on being successful in Budgeting and Financial Management, click here.

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Fundraising and Philanthropy

Fundraising Resources and Recommendations: Learn best-practices for fundraising and some fundraising ideas, both general and specific to Ohio State.
Treasurer Training: This training covers the expectations and processes related to being a treasurer, which includes managing a budget and financial goals.
Buckeye Funder: Use Ohio State's crowdfunding platform to fundraise for your organization.
Ohio State University Foundation: Create an account and tap into Ohio State's vast donor network. This is also a great way to donate funds.

For more information on being successful in Fundraising and Philanthropy, click here.

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Programming

Marketing Resources

Student Life Marketing Request Form: Request free services for graphics, video, photography, promotional items, digital advertising, etc.
Temporary Advertising Policy: Review the general guidelines on how to post information. Be sure to check the policies for various methods and buildings through which you are advertising.
Chalking Policy: Review how to properly advertise via chalk on campus.
Residence Hall Flyers: Post flyers in residence halls via this process.
Ohio Union Posting Policy: Be mindful about how you are posting flyers in the Ohio Union.
Student Life Digital Signage Guidelines: Submit your advertisement to be displayed on the university's digtial screens.
Submit Announcements to the Student Organization Insider: This newsletter is distributed by Student Activities to all student orgs leaders and advisors.
Advertising in The Lantern: Submit your advertisement via The Lantern's multiple channels.
Ohio State Brand Guidelines: Review how to utilize the university's brand with your organization.
Trademark and Licensing Services: Request approval to utilize Ohio State trademarks or wordmarks.

 Space Requests

Ohio Union Events / Classrooms: Request regular or one-time space for the Ohio Union and/or classroom space via the Space Request Tool.
Keith B Key Center: Call or walk into the KBK Resource Room on the 2nd floor of the Ohio Union to reserve a recurring or one-time space.
Buckeye Events Network: Request space for free for your outdoor program by logging in and requesting under your organization's name.
Plan Events: Browse a variety of Ohio State venues for large events and submit a general request for your event date to receive options.
Recreational Space: Submit a request via Recreational Sports for a variety of unique recreational spaces.
University Housing: Consider hosting your event via a University Housing space, which is free and can be requested per semester. These spaces are not intended for recurring meetings.
CBEC Conference and Event Spaces: As time and space allows, these are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
TDAI in Pomerene Hall: There are special student org rates for each of their spaces, including free reservations for their small meeting huddle rooms.
University Libraries: Request free recurring or one-time space within one of our libraries.

General Event Resources 

Coca-Cola Beverage Donation Program: Request free beverages for your upcoming event.
Coca-Cola Product List: Be aware of permitted beverages to distribute at your on-campus events.  Note: Competitors to Coca-Cola are not permissable to be distributed at your on-campus event, and will not be reimbursed in your Programming Funds request.
Review Ohio Union’s Policies and Procedures: Review these procedures if you have an event in the Ohio Union.
Film and Video Copyright: If you are showing a film, be aware that you will need to contact a distributor to show the film in a public space.
Information about Games of Chance and Raffles: Review this policy around giveaways at your event.
UniPrint: Request printing services via the university's centralized printing hub.

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Leadership Transitions

Student Leadership Advocates (for example, workshop on officer transition)

Self-Governance

Operational Efficiency

Website Hosting: Primary leader may submit request in Student Org Management System.
Email Accounts & ListservsCheck out this guide to request an account. The advisor must be the person to do this.
Student Leadership Advocates (for example, running effective meetings)
Schedule a Coaching Meeting with a Student Org Success Coach: Complete the online form to schedule a meeting with a Coach.

Collaboration

Student Organization Directory (for example, organizations with common purposes such as college-based, identity-based, and residential)

Responsiveness and Innovation

Student Leadership Advocates (for example, feedback; specific topics in which the organization wants to innovate)
Annual Registration process (for example, goal setting; constitution)

Diversity and Inclusion

Multicultural Center Education and Training Programs (for example, Buck-Identity, SafeZone, SJE programs)
Signature Events (for example, Taste of OSU, Heritage Festival, RUOK Day, TEDx)
Student Life Disability Services Education - Request a presentation/training

Risk Reduction

Advisor Partnerships

Community Engagement

Connection to Student Organizations

Student Org Insider Newsletter - Post an announcement and read about what other student organizations are doing.

Affinity with the University

Signature Events (for example, Homecoming Parade, Involvement Fairs, Taste of OSU)

Commitment to Social Change

OSU Votes Workshops: Attend a Workshop to help your members become civically engaged.
Student Life Social Change: Learn more about how to create social change through Student Life's resources and events.
Civic Leadership Courses: Take a course to invest in your civic engagement.
Columbus Service Support Program: Request funding and consultation for local community service projects.

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