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In the 2018-2019 Academic Year, the Department of Student Leadership & Involvement retired its old policy of rolling recognition for student organizations, and SLI established a new policy utilizing Recognition Periods. These periods are two-week windows that prospective organizations have to submit an application and complete the process. There are two recognition periods in the fall semester and one in the spring. By switching to recognition periods, new student organizations have the opportunity to meet the Organization Resource Group, learn about OrgSync, and establish firm foundations to support their retention and their goals.

At their core, student organizations are student-centered, student-driven, and student-led. Because of this, only currently registered, matriculated University of Utah students may submit an application for student organization recognition. For additional details about the process, please carefully read the details below. 

Recognition Periods

2018 - 2019  Academic Year

September 2 - 14

November 4 - 16

February 3 - 15

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Benefits to Recognition

Recognized Student Organizations are eligible for a number of key benefits including, but not limited to:

   Free or Reduced Rates for meetings and events in on-campus buildings and spaces,

   Participation in campus-wide events like PlazaFest, Crimson Nights, Homecoming and more, 

   Ability to promote events on the campus-wide community events calendar on OrgSync,

   Reduced Rates at University Print & Mail Services

   Ability to apply for funding from the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU)

   Organization Resource Group (ORG) consultations and group leadership training—topics include OrgSync 101, conflict management, strategically leading your organizaton, and more


Attend Information Session

There will be several opportunities to attend a New Student Organization Information Session for each recognition cycle. Most occur the week before the recognition period begins, but there will be opportunities during the first week of the recognition period. Prospective organizations will be required to send one representative to attend one of these sessions for the period they wish to seek recognition. Please see our calendar for specific times and locations, and please plan accordingly to arrive on time for a session. 

Submit an Application

On OrgSync, there is a form titled New Student Organization Application that will be open during the two week recognition periods. When the application opens, you will submit the form, attaching all necessary documentation and materials. This application may only be submitted by a student. If the organization has an on-campus Advisor (not required for all groups), then the form must then be approved by the prospective organization's advisor by the application deadline. 

SLI Reviews Application

After the recognition periods has closed, the Department of Student Leadership & Involvement (SLI) will review the submitted materials. SLI will look to ensure that the prospective organization does not heavily overlap with other organizations, that this is a limited amount of associated risk, that the group's constitution meets University & SLI standards, and that the organization is classified appropriately.

Complete OrgSync Portal & Complete Annual Requirements

If approved, the organization's leadership will work with the Organization Resource Group (ORG) to set up an OrgSync portal and conduct a small OrgSync 101 tutorial. They will also review benefits to being recognized, as well as discuss the annual requirements to maintain recognition, which include updating/renewing the OrgSync profile and attending Administrative Training.

Frequently Asked Questions:

If your prospective organization does not submit an application or if an incomplete application is submitted, your prospective organization will not be considered for recognition at that time. You will need to wait until the next recognition period. Complete applications are due on OrgSync by 5 pm on each designated deadline. 

Attending a New Student Organization Information Session is required because it gives vital details regarding the recognition process. These sessions will serve as an introduction to both the recognition process, requirements to recognition, OrgSync, SLI, and the Organization Resource Group.

If an organization loses its recognition status, a representative must attend an information session to ensure they understand the recognition process in its entirety. A thorough understanding of the process will ensure that students can complete the required steps in an efficient manner.

To maintain recognition, within the academic year, student organizations must complete the annual requirements set forth by the Department of Student Leadership & Involvement. Recognized student organizations must update their OrgSync portal by completing a registration request. Additionally, organizations must attend an Administrative Training session. 

 The new student organization application will ask for basic information about your idea for a new student organization. You will be asked to provide three student members and a constitution. Among other items, the form also asks:
  • What is the purpose of this organization?
  • Why are you interested in starting an organization?
  • Are there any other organizations on campus that share a similar purpose?
  • Has your organization ever been recognized at the U?
  • Is your prospective organization affiliated with a national organization?
  • Does your prospective organization have a relationship with a campus department or office?
To receive recognition, prospective organizations must comply with the standards set forth by the Department of Student Leadership & Involvement when composing a constitution. This ensures that all organizations are held to fair and consistent standards and ensures that all recognized organizations embody the values set forth by the University of Utah. Please click here to see a checklist of items required in a constitution.
In order to recognized as a Sport Club, the organization must maintain recognition with Student Leadership & Involvement for one academic year, and then complete additional requirements from Campus Recreation Services. The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life may also have additional requirements for organizations seeking recognition.
Based on the Classification Policy (University Rule 6-401A), organizations classified as "Registered" are not required to have an Advisor. If an organization does not relationship with an on-campus department or office, they are not required to provide an Advisor on the application.
After receiving approval for recognition, the student organization will have thirty calendar days to complete the set-up process of their OrgSync profile. You can schedule this meeting with ORG by emailing The ORG team will help the organization set-up their OrgSync profile and educate the leaders about the powerful tools of OrgSync.
Last Updated: 11/15/18