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Checklist: Recognizing Student Organizations

March 2022

Why Read This

Student organizations are a vital part of higher education, but they carry substantial risks.

This checklist is designed to facilitate the review and updating of policies, handbooks, and forms relating to the recognition or registration of student organizations. It focuses on the status of student organizations and areas of significant liability or reputational risk.

Topics covered include: 

  • What should be included on applications for recognition
  • Finding a budget
  • Groups sponsored by the institution vs. non-sponsored groups
  • Alcohol and hazing provisions
  • Events and facilities use
  • Fundraising
  • General liability insurance
  • Third-party dealings and contracts
  • Special group issues (such as fraternities and sororities, sports clubs, and religious and political groups)
  • Activities and travel 

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