Registered Student Organizations

Purpose of SOC

Taken from the Code of Student Life


Student Organizations Committee (SOC), a standing advisory committee of the chancellor, has the responsibility of reviewing all student organizations for registration and recommending policy and processes to the chancellor. The committee has 15 members: five students appointed by SGA for one year, renewable terms, and five faculty appointed by the chancellor for three-year terms. The Dean of Students, the Executive Director of Campus Life, the Director for Campus Activities & Involvement, the Assistant Director for Campus Activities & Involvement, and the Coordinator for Multicultural Student Organizations are all ex-officio members and serve as advisors without a vote.

A chairperson will be elected each year by majority vote and will begin his/her term with the first meeting of the fall semester. The position of the chairperson is only open to voting members of the committee. The Assistant Director for Campus Activities & Involvement will fulfill the role of the convener and will work with the chairperson to prepare for all meetings. The chairperson shall attend and preside over all meetings. S/He shall also sign all official documents of the SOC.

The convener shall call meetings and arrange to notify members of the committee with a minimum of four days advance notice. S/He shall also maintain all minutes and official documents and keep accurate files in the Campus Activities & Involvement Center.

The chairperson may be removed from office by a two-thirds majority vote of the SOC for non-fulfillment of duties. In the event that the chairperson leaves or is removed before completing the term of service, a replacement will be elected by the voting members to serve to the end of the term.

Responsibilities of the committee include:
  • Reviewing, approving and revoking registration of student organizations.
  • Formulating, reviewing and approving policies governing student organizations for submission to the chancellor for final approval.
  • Considering appeals that pertain to registration procedures.
  • The SOC has continuing authority to review the purpose and activities of any student organization and to classify organizations in categories according to risk associated with their activity. The SOC has continuing authority to require participants of any student organization and the organization itself 1) to maintain appropriate insurance coverage and to submit proof of coverage, and/or 2) to submit valid waiver(s) of liability or assumption of risk statement(s) that protect(s) the university to the greatest extent possible from the risk of liability because of the activities of the organization.

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