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Student Organization Registration Categories and Requirements

See a list of student organization categories and the requirements for each one.

Academic organizations

Requirements:

  • Organizations are centered within an academic department or program at UCSD.
  • Organizations must have a faculty or staff advisor from the associated department or program.
  • Organizations may have a national affiliation (e.g., honorary organizations).

Academic organizations strive to:

  • Increase involvement in departmental/ program activities
  • Increase faculty/ student interaction
  • Create close relationships with respective departments or disciplines

Cooperative organizations

Requirements:

  • Organizations should be student managed and staffed businesses to provide consumer goods and services to the campus community.
  • Student cooperatives at UCSD must register with the Center for Student Involvement to become an officially recognized student organization.
  • In order to register as a student organization, cooperatives must be a 501c3 cooperative non-profit organization currently registered and in good standing with the California Office of the Attorney General.
  • Status as a student, student organization, or a student cooperative does not result in preferential access to space to operate on campus.  The university uses a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to select food or retail tenants who lease space on campus. This is an open process where qualified food service providers or retailers may submit a proposal. The RFP process starts with the university determining its needs for a specific type of food service or retail activity. Once the university issues an RFP describing its requirements, proposals are considered based on a variety of factors, including number of years of experience the retailer or food service provider has operating similar establishments. 
  • The retailer or food service provider selected is required to secure insurance, fund the construction of its premises, and pay rent, common area maintenance fees, and utility charges.
  • No student may receive personal financial gain from operating a cooperative on campus.

Cooperative organizations strive to:

  • Provide work opportunities for students while providing the campus community with quality products and services.
  • Develop skills via workshops on:
    • Accounting practices
    • Marketing
    • Cooperatives and small business organizations

Cultural organizations

Requirements:

  • Organizations facilitate the maintenance of and/or education relating to customary beliefs, social forms, and traits of a racial, ethnic, spiritual, or social group.

Cultural organizations strive to:

  • Develop a sense of community among members at UCSD
  • Share their respective and other cultures with the campus community
  • Participate in councils, committees, or workshops of cultural organizations and other programs and activities to foster communication, understanding, and positive relations among cultural groups

Educational organizations

Requirements:

  • The primary purpose of the organization should be to educate students and the UCSD community about specific topics, issues, and concerns.

Educational organizations strive to:

  • Provide organization members and the campus community with knowledge on specific topics, issues, and concerns through workshops, panel discussions, seminars, and other programs

Health profession organizations

Requirements:

  • The primary purpose of organizations is to focus on health professions as a career or area of study.
  • Organizations must have a community/ faculty advisor with knowledge of the profession.
  • Organizations may have national affiliation.

Health profession organizations strive to:

  • Use the organization's community, faculty advisor, and other university and community resources to provide networking opportunities, workshops, panel discussions, seminars, and other programming for students interested in related health professions

Interfraternity Council organizations

Membership:

  • Interfraternity Council (IFC) membership is open only to nationally or internationally affiliated social male fraternities that intend to become chartered Greek chapters. 
  • For more information on how your fraternity can become a member of the IFC, visit the UCSD IFC website or contact the CSI Greek Advisor at greeklife@ucsd.edu.

Requirements:

  • Organizations must have a chapter advisor, preferably an alumnus from the organization who resides locally. A roster of all advisory board members should be submitted.
  • Organizations must maintain a current roster, including personal ID number (PID), e-mail, and phone number of all current members.
  • Organizations are expected to maintain appropriate levels of insurance (i.e. Certificate of Liability Insurance, event insurance etc.).
  • Organizations must have a current chapter constitution and by-laws.
  • Organizations must be in good standing from national/ international headquarters.
  • Organizations must have a current signed copy of the UCSD Greek Life Statement of Expectations on file with their CSI Advisor.
  • Organizations must participate in the Greek REACH Standards Program.

IFC organizations strive to:

  • Support the academic mission of the university by holding each member to high academic standards, and providing resources for academic support and recognition of achievements.
  • Provide leadership development opportunities within the Greek community and make members aware of resources on campus and in the community
  • Serve the campus, the San Diego community, and the world via community service projects ranging from fundraising and general awareness to hands-on service efforts, which prepare students to become contributing citizens of a diverse, dynamic, and global society.
  • Create a family away from home through team-building and "brotherhood" programs.
  • Promote a sense of community through coordinated chapter interaction, an increased understanding of organizational development through self-governance, and accountability to mutually agreed-upon standards.

Martial arts/ combatives/ weaponry organizations

Requirements:

  • Organizations must be part of the UCSD Recreation competitive workout class curriculum.
  • Organizations must consist of full-time UCSD students.
  • Organizations must form with the goal to compete intercollegiately.
  • Organizations must be a member of an established intercollegiate organization or league.
  • Organizations must adhere to all Recreation Department policies regarding rosters, insurance and travel before competing off campus.
  • All Center for Student Involvement policies, with the above exceptions, will apply to organizations.

Media organizations

Requirements:

  • Organizations are responsible for the knowledge of and adherence to policies in the A.S. Funding Guide.
  • Organizations must understand and operate within current local, state, and federal laws.
  • The following disclaimer must be included in every publication, regardless of publication's funding source: "This publication may have been funded in part or in whole by funds allocated by the ASUCSD. However, the views expressed in this publication are solely those of (NAME OF PUBLICATION), its principal members and the authors of the content of this publication. While the publisher of this publication is a registered student organization at UC San Diego, the content, opinions, statements, and views expressed in this or any other publication published and/or distributed by (NAME OF PUBLICATION) are not endorsed by and do not represent the views, opinions, policies or positions of the ASUCSD, GSAUCSD, UC San Diego, the University of California and the Regents or their officers, employees, or agents. The principal members of each Student media bear and assume the full responsibility and liability for the content of their publication."
  • The disclaimer must be published in the same size font used for the text content of the publication and must be located on either the title page of the publication or the reverse side of the title page, and be separate from any other content in the publication.
  • If the publication has no printed text, the disclaimer must be printed in at least 12-point font.

Media organizations strive to:

  • Provide students with media production experiential opportunities.
  • Produce information that is current and serves to educate, raise awareness, and entertain the campus community.
  • Adhere to high journalistic standards by understanding and operating within current laws and policies.

Multicultural Greek Council organizations

Membership:

  • Membership in the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) is open to nationally or internationally affiliated social fraternities and sororities that intend to become chartered Greek chapters. 
  • For more information on how your fraternity or sorority can become a member, see the UCSD MGC website or contact the CSI Greek Advisor at greeklife@ucsd.edu.

Requirements:

  • Organizations must have a chapter advisor, preferably an alumnus from the organization who resides locally. A roster of all advisory board members should be submitted.
  • Organizations must maintain a current roster, including PID, e-mail, and phone number of all current members.
  • Organizations are expected to maintain appropriate levels of insurance (i.e. Certificate of Liability Insurance, event insurance etc.).
  • Organizations must have a current chapter constitution and by-laws.
  • Organizations must be in good standing from national/ international headquarters.
  • Organizations must have a current signed copy of the UCSD Greek Life Statement of Expectations on file with their CSI Greek Life Advisor.
  • Organizations must participate in the Greek REACH Standards Program.

MGC organizations strive to:

  • Contribute to the diverse campus community by establishing a home for students seeking social, culturally-based involvement opportunities.
  • Support the academic mission of the university by holding each member to high academic standards, and providing resources for academic support and recognition of achievements.
  • Provide leadership development opportunities within the Greek community and make members aware of resources on campus and in the community.
  • Serve the campus, San Diego, and the world via community service projects ranging from fundraising and general awareness to hands-on service efforts, which prepare students to become contributing citizens of a diverse, dynamic and global society.
  • Create a family away from home through team-building and "brother/ sisterhood" programs.
  • Promote a sense of community through coordinated chapter interaction, an increased understanding of organizational development through self-governance, and accountability to mutually agreed-upon standards.

Panhellenic Association organizations

Membership:

  • Membership in the Panhellenic Association is open only to nationally or internationally affiliated social female fraternities that intend to become chartered Greek chapters. 
  • For more information on how your sorority can become a member of the Panhellenic Association, visit the UCSD Panhellenic website or contact the CSI Greek Advisor at greeklife@ucsd.edu.

Requirements:

  • Organizations must have a chapter advisor, preferably an alumnus from the organization who resides locally. A roster of all advisory board members should be submitted.
  • Organizations must maintain a current roster, including PID, e-mail, and phone number of all current members.
  • Organizations are expected to maintain appropriate levels of insurance (i.e. Certificate of Liability Insurance, event insurance etc.).
  • Organizations must have a current chapter constitution and by-laws.
  • Organizations must be in good standing from national/ international headquarters.
  • Organizations must have a current signed copy of the UCSD Greek Statement of Expectations on file with their CSI Greek Life Advisor. 
  • Organizations must participate in the Greek REACH Standards Program.

Panhellenic organizations strive to:

  • Support the academic mission of the university by holding each member to high academic standards, and providing resources for academic support and recognition of achievements.
  • Provide leadership development opportunities within the Greek community and make members aware of resources on campus and in the community
  • Serve the campus, San Diego, and the world via community service projects ranging from fundraising and general awareness to hands-on service efforts, which prepare students to become contributing
  • citizens of a diverse, dynamic, and global society.
  • Create a family away from home through team-building and "sisterhood" programs.
  • Promote a sense of community through coordinated chapter interaction, an increased understanding of organizational development through self-governance, and accountability to mutually agreed-upon standards.

Political organizations

Requirements:

  • Organizations must have a primary focus on and activities that center on:
    • Supporting or opposing a political party.
    • Supporting or opposing a ballot measure or a drive to put an issue on the ballot.
    • Supporting a candidate or group of candidates formally running in any election for city, county, state, local, national, or campus office.
    • Supporting or opposing a political cause or viewpoint.

Political organizations strive to:

  • Conduct programs to educate members and the campus community regarding a political issue or viewpoint.
  • Develop knowledge and skills of members via workshops and seminars.

Pre-professional organizations

Requirements:

  • Organizations must have a community/ faculty advisor with knowledge of the profession.
  • Organizations may have national affiliation.

Pre-professional organizations strive to:

  • Prepare students for a profession as a career or area of study.
  • Use the organization's community/ faculty advisor and other university and community resources to provide networking opportunities, workshops, panel discussions, seminars, and other programming for students interested in related professions

Recreation organizations

Requirements:

  • The assistant director of UCSD Recreation Clubs must approve any organization's request to become a UCSD Recreation Club before finishing the online registration process.
  • Registration of new Recreation Clubs will begin in September of each academic year, and must be registered by the end of Fall Quarter - additional clubs will not be considered after that time.
  • Organization members must carry a current UCSD student ID or UCSD Recreation Card.
  • Organizations must fill out a Recreation Club Roster and club members must sign a Recreation Club Waiver before participating in organization activities. 
  • Organizations must utilize UCSD Recreation and Athletic facilities. Exceptions for unique situations will be handled directly by the assistant director of UCSD Recreation Clubs on a case-by-case basis.
  • Organizations must meet with the assistant director of UCSD Recreation Clubs to reserve a facility.
  • Organizations cannot schedule paid instruction or instructor(s).
  • Organizations must complete additional paperwork throughout each quarter, such as Travel Forms, Team Rosters, etc. See the Recreation Club Policies for important information about additional requirements for Rec Clubs. 
  • Martial Arts, combative-based or weapons-based groups may not become Recreation Clubs. They must be registered under the Martial Arts/ Combatives/ Weaponry organization category. 

Note: Due to unique safety issues, liability and quality control, clubs, organizations, groups or individuals interested in either learning or practicing combative-based, weapons-based or martial arts activities on campus using UCSD sports facilities must do so through the UCSD Recreation Class Program.

Service organizations

Requirements:

  • The primary purpose of the organization should be to provide experiential learning opportunities for students in the area of community service and civic engagement.
  • Organizations may have national affiliation.

Service organizations strive to:

  • Provide a wide variety of safe, well-planned volunteer and community service opportunities.
  • Foster a lifelong commitment to civic engagement and provide opportunities for students to reflect on their community service experience.

Social organizations

Requirements:

  • Organizations must plan a variety of programs that provide students with social interaction and entertainment outside of the classroom.

Social organizations strive to:

  • Meet the social expectations of the members of the organization.
  • Promote events that enhance student learning inside the classroom through practical application outside the classroom
  • Conduct events that are open to and accessible to all students

Spiritual organizations

Requirements:

  • Focus on the activity of worship, devotion, prayer, meditation, or study of spiritual and religious concepts.
  • Facilitate affiliation or shared beliefs with a group generally recognized as spiritual or a religious.

Spiritual organizations strive to:

  • Promote spiritual opportunities for the UCSD community

Student Affirmative Action Committee organizations

Requirements:

  • Organizations serve with the primary purpose of facilitating the maintenance of and/or education relating to customary beliefs, social forms, and traits of a racial, ethnic, spiritual, or social group.
  • Organizations must be focused on underrepresented populations at UCSD.
  • Organizations must be official members of SAAC. For information about how to become a SAAC member, please e-mail the SAAC Chair at ucsdsaac@gmail.com.

Student Affirmative Action Committee organizations strive to:

  • Develop a sense of community among members at UCSD.
  • Share the organization members' cultural perspective with the campus community.
  • Participate in the Council/ Committee/ Workshop of cultural organizations and other programs and activities to foster communication, understanding, and positive relations among cultural groups.

Questions?

Contact a member of the Center for Student Involvement staff.