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Recognized Student Organization (RSO) Application  

The Recognized Student Organization application for the 2018 - 2019 academic year becomes available on May 1st! Please note that there are two recognition Seasons:

  • Fall 2018: May 1st-September 1st
  • Spring 2019: December 1st- February 1st 

 Steps to become a Recognized Student Organization (RSO):  

  1. Complete the RECOGNIZED STUDENT ORGANIZATION (RSO) APPLICATION. (Please note that the officer login for the RSO Application now requires SDSUid credentials for authentication.) 
  2. The RSO Application must have the names, RedIDs, and emails of at least five eligible student officers and one faculty/staff advisor. 
  3. The organization's bylaws must be uploaded to the RSO Application with all California State University standards. Please see our Bylaw Template for reference. 
  4. The organization must complete the A.S. Banking and Finance section of the RSO Application. If the organization chooses to use on-campus banking, they must submit the Student Organization Account Application & Agreement form. Learn more about student organization banking and finance here
  5. New presidents and treasurers must complete the RSO Leadership Training and the Student Organization Conflict and Identity Awareness (S.O.C.I.A.) training. (Please note, these trainings do not need to be completed before an RSO Application is submitted. The RSO Application can be submitted as early as today and the trainings can be completed at a later date.)
  6. The advisor listed on the RSO Application must confirm their role and complete the Advisor Orientation.  
  7. The organization will receive an email confirming their recognition once all items have been completed. 
The RSO application can take two to four weeks to process.  
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Required Officer Orientation Training

New Presidents and Treasurers must complete the RSO Leadership Training.

More information on the training requirements, upcoming dates, and registration can be found on the Student Officer Orientation tab. 

Please contact Student Life & Leadership at (619) 594-5221 if you have any questions!   

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