Santa Clara University

Center for Student Leadership

Charter a New CSO

  • iconDesignation as a CSO

    Designation as a Chartered Student Organization (CSO) may be granted to a student organization when it is clearly demonstrated that it:

    • Has a purpose and goals that are consistent with and contribute to the educational mission and goals of the University in a direct and visible way.
    • Assists the University in the implementation of co-curricular and extracurricular educational programs.
    • Will involve and/or significantly benefit and serve a substantial portion of the student body and substantially add to the richness and quality of student life.
    • Meets a major need not currently being met by an existing CSO.
  • iconExpectations of a CSO

    Status as a CSO carries with it a significant commitment expected by the University, which provides CSOs with resources necessary to meet the expectations and responsibilities delegated to it. The resources include funding support, use of University equipment and facilities (including office space), and advisement by the Center for Student Leadership (CSL) staff.

  • iconRequest to Charter a New CSO

    Requests for designation as a CSO are made to the Vice Provost for Student Life and Dean of Students. Such requests should include the following:

    • A constitution or similar statement describing the purpose and goals of the student organization and clearly addressing how they meet the criteria outlined above.
    • A description of services, publications, events, and/or activities the student organization intends to offer to fulfill its purpose and goals.
    • Position descriptions for leaders, officers, and staff of the student organization outlining duties, responsibilities, and performance expectations.
    • A description of the proposed organizational structure for the operation of the student organization and membership criteria, including the criteria and process for selection/election of the organizational leadership.
    • A financial plan for the student organization, including a proposed budget for the funds needed to support and fulfill its responsibilities.
  • iconGeneral Chartering Process

    And here are the general steps for review and approval:

    • After initial review, the Vice Provost for Student Life and Dean of Students will refer all requests to CSL as well as seek comment from the leadership of existing CSOs.
    • If the proposed CSO meets the criteria, requests shall be forwarded to the University Policy Committee for Student Affairs for review and recommendation for action.
    • The Vice Provost for Student Life and Dean of Students will then make a formal determination.
    • If approved, CSL will begin to assist the student organization in obtaining necessary resources to fulfill its duties, responsibilities, and expectations.
  • iconFor More Information

    Tedd Vanadilok, Director of Campus Programs

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