In addition to your selected Faculty/Staff Advisor, each RSO has a primary advising assignment, either a full-time RSO Advisor or our team of Peer Advisors. Your advisor is one of your most valuable resources and you are expected to remain in close contact with them. Your RSO advisor can discuss with you the goals of your organization, the status of your financial account, and assist with a number of organization and operational issues, including member retention, event planning, and a plethora of other topics that you might find useful. In addition, RSO advisors are required to approve any contracts or other financial transactions you seek to undertake for your organization.
You can check in the Student Activities Center (RC 001) for a schedule of your advisor's availability, or you can contact them directly to set up an appointment.
Student Activities Center
The Student Activities Center, room RC 001 in the lower level of the Reynolds Club, is a resource center dedicated to RSOs. Managed by full-time staff members and staffed by students, the Student Activities Center offers RSOs a wide variety of affordable (many times free!) services including:
- Mail Reception
- Photocopying/flyer paper
- Supplies for making banners
- Sale of paper goods
- Button maker
- Digital and video camera to check out
For a full list of the services offered, visit the Student Activities Center page.
Storage and Office Space
RSOs can apply for a secure and private storage unit for the entire academic year. Storage Space is allocated based on availability and demonstrated need during an application process in Spring Quarter. There is also limited office space available during this process. Details about the application process can be found on our Storage page.
Information Technology Services maintains a server for RSO websites. A website can be a great way to publicize your group on- or off-campus, or to share your accomplishments with others around the world. You can apply for a new free RSO website url, update the administrators for your RSO website, or read information from ITS about managing your website on our Websites page.
RSOs can use mailing lists to announce events and/or discuss projects and issues. You can apply for or administer a listhost for your organization at http://lists.uchicago.edu. Be forewarned, though, that discussions, unorganized emails, or high email volume over a primary mailing list may not be appreciated by all. Consider creating separate lists for those interested in discussion or internal conversations (e.g. board members, highly active members).
RSOs may submit information about their events to the Student Events Calendar and Blueprint's events calendar. These calendars can be viewed online by the University community as well as the public. The Student Events Calendar is distributed to all students via a weekly email and excerpts are posted on the Center for Leadership and Involvement website. You can also submit your events to other calendars at the same time (e.g. the Arts calendar). To add an event or view the Student Events Calendar visit http://stuff.uchicago.edu.