University Relationship with Registered Student Organizations

Recognition is simply a means by which student organizations may apply to receive standard privileges granted when certain minimum requirements are met. Student organizations are expected to maintain alignment with OSU-Cascades’ mission and exemplify the principles of honesty and integrity, and respect of diversity, while always acting in good faith in the business dealings of the organization. Except as specifically identified in this policy, the university does not control or accept responsibility for the activities nor endorse the programs of student organizations. Student organizations shall not misrepresent the mission, purpose or goals of the student organization. OSU-Cascades maintains the right to rescind recognition and/or not recognize a student organization that, in the sole judgment of OSU-Cascades, does not further the educational mission of OSU-Cascades.  

Recognition Eligibility

In order to be eligible for university recognition, the following must be true:

  • Organization represents the interests of its members and control of the organization must be maintained by OSU-Cascades Students
  • Membership consists of 100% OSU-Cascades students and at least 4 currently enrolled OSU-Cascades students
  • Members create, manage, amend and approve the organization’s governing document/s
  • Members determine their own leaders (election and removal) through a process defined and outlined in their governing document/s. This includes:
  • Officer/Leader eligibility and selection criteria
  • Officer/Leader election and/or appointment
  • Officer/Leaders roles and responsibilities
  • Members direct, control and execute all business and decisions of the organization
  • Members determine, coordinate, plan and execute organizational activities, including campus space and facility reservations
  • Members serve as the primary contact/s for the organization
  • Leaders and members of the Registered Student Organizations may not be employees of OSU-Cascades in their student organization capacity, nor receive any form of compensation from OSU-Cascades for their student organization service or membership
  • Organization must operate exclusively on a not-for-profit basis
  • All funds that are raised must be used for fulfilling the purpose and mission of the organization as stated in its constitution
  • Registered Student Organizations are restricted from raising funds, investing, or making profits that are then obtained by or distributed to individual members of the organization for personal financial gain
  • Organization must comply with OSU’s non-discrimination policy, which prohibits restrictive clauses based on age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status
  • Conduct affairs in a lawful and ethical manner and in accordance with the OSU’s Student Code of Conduct and all other applicable OSU Standards and Policies, procedures, and applicable laws including Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • Report violations of the Student Conduct Code including documentation of process and outcomes
  • Maintain a roster of current members through the Student Life Office. Ensure complete an accurate rosters are submitted by the end of week 4 of each academic term
  • Maintain good standing with the university, all governing boards to which the organization belongs and all chartering, sponsoring or governing organization with whom the organization affiliates