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Create a New RSO

How does the process work?

For an in-depth overview of the New RSO process, please refer to the New RSO Process Information Packet. 

Students who want to start a new Registered Student Organization (RSO) must submit an application via OrgSync. An updated application will be made available on the first day of each semester. Applications are due by 5pm on the 3rd Friday after the first day of class each semester.

  • Application must be typed and submitted via OrgSync.
  • Application must have a minimum of eight (8) members, including four (4), filled E-Board positions.
  • Application must include an advisor contract, signed by both the president and the advisor (this can be scanned at the Office of Student Activities).
  • Application must have all questions answered and completed.
  • Application must include a complete constitution.

What next?

As part of the application process, proposed organizations will have the opportunity to meet with the New RSO Review Board (NRBB). This meeting gives the organization an opportunity to discuss their mission and goals with the NRBB and answer any questions they might have after reviewing the application. Applicants are welcome to bring up to four (4) members to represent their organization at the NRRB meeting. Meeting with the NRRB is not mandatory. However, it is highly encouraged. Any organizations that do not meet with the NRRB and are denied RSO status will not have the opportunity to appeal.

The NRRB meeting sign-up sheet will be at the front desk of the Office of Student Activities from 9:00 AM Monday to 5:00 PM Wednesday immediately following the third Friday of the semester (the application deadline). The NRRB meetings will be held the weekend immediately following the application deadline. More information regarding specific dates can be found in the application packet for the current application cycle, found at the bottom of this page. Any questions can be sent to stactivities@syr.edu.

What happens if I'm denied?

Any organization that is denied New RSO status must wait an entire academic year before they can submit an application again. For example, if an organization applies in Fall 2019 and is denied, or fails the New RSO reigstration process, they must wait until Fall 2020 to reapply for recognition.

What happens if I'm approved?

Approved New RSOs will complete a registration process during the semester of their approval. This registration process is required for New RSOs to become fully functioning RSOs the following semester. This process will be explained in depth at the New RSO Orientation. Please be aware that approved New RSOs who complete the registration process will become fully functioning RSOs beginning the semester following their approval.

Applications are due by 5pm on the 3rd Friday after the first day of class each semester, fall and spring. If you have questions please call or e-mail the Office of Student Activities at stactivities@syr.edu for more information.

You must submit the application by 5pm on the 3rd Friday after the first day of class, and the application must be submitted via OrgSync for consideration.


New Student Organization Resources

New RSO Application Packet: Paperwork that needs to be filled out to apply to be a new student organization.

New RSO Process Information Packet This packet covers all the information about becoming a recognized student organization including FAQs about the registration process, the NRRB meetings, the various RSO communities, and overall requirements of the process. 

Advisor Packet:  Information provided in the Advisor Packet includes what it means to be an advisor and the complete advisor application.

Advisor Resource Sheet: Quick article overview for advisors

How to Write a Constitution: Tips and template to writing your organizations constitution