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.)
Spring RSO Re-Registration (17-18 Academic Year)
The Spring 2018 re-registration process for student organizations will open on Monday, January 8, 2018 only for those student organizations who initiated the Fall 2017 re-registration process but were not able to complete it by the 9/27/17 deadline. If your organization initiated one of the following registration steps by 9/27, you are eligible to complete the Spring registration process:
- Initiated the CalLink RSO re-registration form; and/or
- At least 1 signatory attended an in-person signatory orientation; and/or
- At least 2 signatories completed the Signatory Certification Quiz
Please refer to the RSO Re-Registration Steps Checklist 17/18 to check your student organization’s registration and eligibility status. Your RSO’s primary contact will also receive these instructions via email.
All re-registration requirements must be completed by February 2, 2018.
For all other student organizations, you will be eligible to apply for re-registration for the 2018-2019 academic year beginning on July 1, 2018. LEAD Center advisors are happy to meet with any student/student organization to help you prepare for the fall registration process.
2017-2018 Returning RSO Registration
Returning RSOs must re-register for University recognition through the LEAD Center every year. There are three steps to the registration process:
Step 1: Re-registration Form
Complete the re-registration form.
Step 2: Signatories
Four Signatories must complete the Signatory Certification form every academic year. Credit for a prior year Signatory status does not transfer to the current year
Step 3: Orientation
Two signatories from each organization must attend an in-person orientation. Credit for attending a prior year Signatory Orientation does not transfer to the current year as content is updated each academic year.
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.