April 6, 2020
Hello RSO Leaders,
We want to thank you for your patience over the last few weeks as the University monitors the COVID-19 situation. The University’s shift to remote learning and operations was a difficult but necessary decision. For the RSO community, it has meant suspending an array of exciting events, programs, and important community development initiatives – many of which were already funded through the various Student Government funding processes. As we prepare for the start of the Spring Quarter, we want to provide additional guidelines on RSO activity.
RSOs are a vital part of the University community and play an important role in the lives of many students. The Center for Leadership & Involvement (CLI) staff are available to meet with you and your RSO leadership to discuss how your organization can continue to function and offer virtual programs during the Spring Quarter. We know that maintaining social networks (even if done remotely) can help provide a sense of normalcy and valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress.
So what does this all mean?
Any RSO that was allocated funding for Spring Quarter programming will be hearing from their designated RSO advisor in the next few days. Our hope is that your RSO will find meaningful and innovative ways to use some or all of these funds to engage your members and the campus community.
These funds will only be available for Spring Quarter programming, and your RSO advisor will need to approve any expenses in advance. As these funds were allocated specifically for the Spring Quarter, any allocated funding remaining in your account at the end of the quarter will be returned to Student Government and re-allocated during the 2020-2021 academic year. Additionally, the Student Government Finance Committee (SGFC) will continue to review applications for new Spring Quarter virtual programming, which may need additional funding to be successful. For more information on how to apply for Spring Quarter program funding, please visit Funding & Events – SQ ’20.
The University is compiling a list of free resources and programs that can support your RSO activities this quarter on the UChicago Learning Remotely site. We encourage all RSOs to consider how they can use these resources to continue engaging their members. There is additional information on the CLI website to help you think through the variety of ways to maintain your RSO activities during this unique quarter.
We want to assure you that CLI staff are continuing to work remotely and will be available for any questions or concerns that you may have. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for assistance. We recognize this is an uncharted time without precedent, but we hope you will continue your excellent work in building community among your members and the larger campus. Thank you for your efforts and cooperation.