Your student organization advisor and the Center for Leadership and Involvement staff are here to guide your RSO through the benefits and responsibilities of leading your student organization. Here you will find some helpful tools that will support your RSO’s success.
Learn more about the perks and expectations of being a Recognized Student Organization (RSO) at the University of Chicago.
Learn more about requirements to maintain RSO status here. To maintain active status each RSO must complete the annual re-registration form through Blueprint and complete a leadership training to remain eligible for services offered through the Center for Leadership and Involvement and the University including:
- RSO Advisors
- Eligibility for Student Government Funding
- Authorization to post notices to the campus community
- Host events for the campus community
- Use Blueprint, the involvement management system, to manage your organization and promote events.
Both are usually scheduled during the first few weeks of Fall Quarter to ensure that you have the tools you need to start the year, meet important members of our staff, and the RSO Leader community, as well as gain more leadership skills.
The re-registration process is only for current and approved new RSOs. Students interested in applying to start a new RSO will need to apply for RSO status through CORSO during Fall Quarter.
Organization training varies depending on the scope of your organization as determined in the Needs-Based Advising Model. In this training, students will learn university policies that pertain to the success of RSOs, interact with their assigned advisor, and understand how their work impacts the university and the student body.
The Center for Leadership and Involvement produces a printed resource guide for RSO leaders to read and use as a tool to help you successfully lead your student organization. Use the Resource Guide in tandem with this website, your advisor, and the Center for Leadership and Involvement staff to help you build a great organization and have a successful year.
The Policy Guide provides an overview of university guidelines on:
- Funding Sources for Student Orgs
- Protests and Demonstrations
- and more
Learn more about specific Forms & Policies that apply to student comportment and activity.
Learn more about your RSO financial account which includes your fiscal responsibilities as an RSO (tax-exemption; deposits; student organization debt reduction program) as well as how to access your account (Blueprint's finance feature; submitting purchase requests; spending funds).
- Annual Allocations: occurs once each year from late Winter to Mid-Spring Quarters to allocate funds to RSOs for their events and programs planned for the following year. AnnAl is a companion funding body to SGFC, and each event can only be funded through one or the other.
- Student Government Finance Committee: SGFC is a committee that disperses a certain amount of the Student Government funding for RSO use. The committee meets weekly during Quarters to review RSO funding requests. You can request funds from this committee for an event or even a capital improvement. It is best to speak with your RSO advisor about the specifics of your request, but here are some basic tips.