Register Your New Student Org

Recognition & Sponsorship

Being recognized as a Registered Student Organization (RSO) gives your organization official recognition by UC Berkeley while you are on campus. That being said, RSOs are separate entities from the University and their programs, events, and activities do not represent the University. To become an RSO, you need to register annually with the LEAD Center (registering with an academic department, finding a faculty advisor, etc., does not constitute University recognition.)

2017-2018 New RSO Registration has ended on 9/27/17

Thank you for initiating the new RSO interest form/registration form with the LEAD Center. We will be processing all new RSO registration steps over the next 10 business days (through 10/11/17). We will be verifying that all prospective RSOs have submitted the following requirements by 9/27/17:
  • Completed New RSO Interest Form
  • Signatory Certification submissions (4 required per RSO)
  • Signatory Orientation attendance (2 required per RSO)

If your New RSO has completed the three initial steps, you will be contacted by the LEAD Center to complete the following three steps:

  • Submit a Draft Constitution
  • Meet with a Peer Leadership Consultant (PLC)
  • Submit the RSO registration form

At the end of the processing period, we will update the status of all RSOs in CalLink. Those who have not completed all new registration requirements will be notified that their prospective RSO is ineligible for registration this semester. New Organization Interest forms submitted after 09/27/17 will not be processed until the next registration period.

We will be updating this page with more information. Please refer back periodically.

2017-2018 New RSO Registration Overview

New student organizations must apply to be registered with the university through the LEAD Center. Applications will be considered during the first couple weeks of every semester. There are several steps to becoming a LEAD Center recognized Registered Student Organization (RSO):

  1. Complete the new organization interest form (will be available closer to the start of the Spring semester).
  2. Meet with a Peer Leadership Consultant (PLC).
    • The LEAD Center front desk staff will contact you via e-mail to set up the one-hour appointment at least 3 business days after your interest form has been submitted. Prior to the meeting, you will be required to provide a draft constitution.
  3. After meeting with a Peer Leadership Consultant, submit completed RSO Registration Form on CalLink. This link will only be provided after meeting with the LEAD Center staff.
  4. Have between 4-8 members become certified Signatories.
  5. Have at least 2 of these signatories attend an in-person Signatory Orientation to understand roles and responsibilities of the organization. 

Once steps 1–5 are complete, groups will have RSO status for the 2017-18 academic year.

If you have questions about this process, please contact us at (510) 642-5171 or or schedule an appointment with one of our Peer Leadership Consultants.


Registration FAQs

What does it mean to be a Registered Student Organization? Why should we register?

Being a Registered Student Organization (RSO) gives your organization official recognition by UC Berkeley while you are on campus. RSO’s are separate entities from the university and their programs, events, and activities do not represent the university. The only way to become an RSO is to register annually with the LEAD Center (registering with an academic department, finding a faculty advisor, setting up a DeCal, etc, is not the same thing.)

The perks of being registered:

  • Funding through a variety of sources
  • Ability to reserve spaces on campus
  • Eligibility to recruit members by posting fliers on campus and announcements on specified campus calendars
  • Advising from professional staff who specialize in supporting specific campus communities
  • Free insurance coverage for most on-campus events, based on risk
  • The ability to apply for a web address
  • The opportunity to build community and make Berkeley feel like home
What are we responsible for as an RSO?
The Responsibilities:

What does it mean to have an approved name?
Because RSOs are separate and distinct entities from the university, they are not allowed to use trademarked terms in their names unless they have received prior authorization from the Office of Business Contracts and Brand Protection. This includes: Cal, California, UC Berkeley, UCB, Berkeley Campus, Golden Bears, Oski, etc.

The name “Berkeley” can be used only at the end of the student organization’s name in reference to a geographical location, i.e., “at Berkeley” or “of Berkeley.” The student organization’s name may not begin with the word “Berkeley” unless the student organization has received proper authorization from the LEAD Center and/or the office of BCBP.

As long as names fall within the above stated guidelines, they can be approved.

What's the difference between a Statement of Purpose and a Statement of Uniqueness?
A purpose statement (or mission statement) defines what what your organization wants to accomplish.

Your organization’s uniqueness statement provides the LEAD Center additional details about your organization beyond what you have stated in your statement of purpose. This is an opportunity to clarify how your proposed organization is different from other existing student organizations at UC Berkeley and how your group will have a positive impact on the university community.

What information do we need to put in our constitution?

A student organization constitution is the official statement of the organization’s purpose and how it intends to operate. It should serve as a guide for making leadership changes, running meetings, planing activities, and generally makes decisions about how to best achieve an Organization’s stated purpose.

  • All RSO constitutions must follow the format in the Constitution Template in order to be approved. While you may add articles or bylaws to the template, all of the articles in the template must be included. Additions to the document must adhere to the campus regulations as stated in the Berkeley Campus Regulations
  • Please note and include the sections highlighted in red exactly as written, as this language complies with university policy.
  • The sections highlighted in blue are required for all ASUC sponsored organizations and recommended for all RSOs
  • Approved constitutions are uploaded and stored in the organization’s document folder on CalLink
Do Signatories need to be students?

Each RSO must have been 4-8 signatories at any given time. At least two of these must be currently enrolled students at UC Berkeley. The other 2-6 may be students, staff, or faculty members.