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., will not apply.)
Returning RSO Registration
Returning RSOs must re-register for university/LEAD Center sponsorship every year during the first four weeks of the fall semester. There are three major steps to this registration:
- Complete the CalLink Registration Form for your organization (available on your organization’s CalLink page during the first four weeks of the fall semester.) You will need:
- An approved name
- Statement of purpose
- Statement of uniqueness
- An approved, up-to-date constitution
- Have between 4-8 members become certified signatories for the current year
- Have at least two of these signatories attend an in-person Signatory Orientation
New RSO Registration
New student organizations must apply to be registered with the university through the LEAD Center. Applications will be considered during the first eight weeks of every semester. There are several steps to becoming a LEAD Center recognized RSO:
- Complete the new organization application process by navigating to the “Register a New Organization” form on the lower left of the Callink Organizations webpage. You will need:
- I. An approved name (guidelines provided within RSO application)
- II. A statement of purpose
- III. A statement of uniqueness
- IV. An approved, up-to-date constitution
- Meet with a Peer Leadership Consultant — The LEAD Center front desk staff will contact you via e-mail to set up this appointment, once your form has been reviewed.
- Have between 4-8 members become certified Signatories
- Have at least 2 of these signatories attend an in-person Signatory Orientation. There will be separate sessions offered for new and for returning signatories.
- Complete the RSO Registration Form once the application is approved (right column of the RSO’s CalLink page)
- Once steps 1–5 are complete, (Deadline February 28 at midnight), groups will have RSO status for the 2016-17 academic year.
New RSO Applications submitted as of 2/28/17 are eligible for 2016-17 Active RSO status, if all of the above steps are complete by 2/28/17.
New Organization Registration forms submitted after 2/28/17 will be denied and asked to resubmit during the Fall 2017 registration period.
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 groupname.berkeley.edu web address
- The opportunity to build community and make Berkeley feel like home
- Ensure that your organization is operating in alignment with university policies, including:
- Berkeley Campus Regulations
- The Code of Student Conduct
- Nondiscrimination Policies
- Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence
- Statement on Hazing (Matt’s Law)
- Policy on Alcohol and Tobacco on Campus
- The Dance Policy
- Time, Place, and Manner on Campus
- Campus Online Activities Policy
- Policy of Use of University Names, Seals, and Trademarks
- Your organization is financially responsible for any university charges
- To develop innovative ideas, to create a welcoming environment, and to provide social and educational opportunities to your members and the community.
- To have fun!
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.
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.
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
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.