Get Involved with an RSO
Registered student organizations (RSOs) provide students the opportunity to form and develop organizations based on a common interest. Students are able to create, govern, budget and plan their own organization and events. Through your involvement with an RSO you will meet new people, develop your interest and have fun.
Currently there are over 380 organizations, click on the links below to access each category *You may use Ctrl+F within the PDF file if you are looking for an specific organization.
- Special Interest
Through your involvement with an RSO you are able to take advantage of our RSO education classes (budgeting, event planning, etc.), RSO resources (office space, lockers, etc.) and apply for funds for your events from the Associated Student Government. If you don't see one that suits your interest, learn how to start your own RSO.
RSO Registration Information
Registered Student Organization re-registration for the 2014-2015 academic year will open April 15, 2014. All returning RSO's that plan to be active during the 2014-2015 academic year must complete the registration process between April 15 and September 15, 2014. All paperwork and database links are available here.
- 2014-2015 RSO re-registration packet
- 2014-2015 new RSO registration packet
- Take the returining RSO quiz (for officers)
New RSO's are eligible to form at any time during the academic year. Returning RSOs that miss the September 15, 2014 deadline will be able to re-register for the spring semester in January 2015 but will not have privileges during the Fall 2014 semester.
RSO privileges for the 2013-2014 academic year expire June 30, 2014, so the Office of Student Activities recommends re-registration prior to leaving for summer.
Click here for full checklists and guidelines for both returning RSOs and new RSOs for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Benefits of becoming a Registered Student Organization
According to University policy, student groups must be registered in order to:
- Use University facilities
- Be listed in University publications, websites and newsletters
- Use the University name in publicity and press releases
- Use University logos and trademarks
- Apply for and expend University funds as distributed through the Associated Student Government
- Apply for and occupy office space in a University building
- Participate in university programs as an organization
- Participate in any information fairs
- Apply for University recognition for organizational achievement
- Conduct fundraisers on campus
- Reserve meeting space on campus
- Utilize organizational emails, websites and listservs
- Obtain locker or mailbox space through the Office of Student Activities
Additionally, the Office of Student Activities works closely with our Registered Student Organizations, offering trainings, workshops, event consultations, a resource room, an RSO meeting space, informational listservs, and other helpful tools. When your group forms an RSO, you open up a world of opportunities to make your group as successful as possible! Contact us today if you are not already registered!
RSO or Departmental Organization?
The University’s relationship differs with RSO’s and departmental organizations. Your organization will be categorized based on the following attributes:
- Departmental organizations are considered extensions of the department and as such, are under the direction and oversight of the department. The department controls the finances and maintains ultimate responsibility for the organization’s events. Departmental organizations officially represent the University of Arkansas.
- Registered Student Organizations are not an extension of University departments (even if they are professional or field-based) and are distinct from the University of Arkansas. RSOs receive University recognition and may receive University resources, and as such are subject to University policies, but actions of the RSO are not actions of the institution. RSO’s maintain separate finances, although in accounts held by the University, and make their own decisions about events, within University policy.
Please contact the Office of Student Activities if you have questions.
Need Funding for your RSO? Access information and required documents for ASG Funding!
Meet your RSO Support Team!
- Trisha Blau, Assistant Director for Programming, firstname.lastname@example.org
(Advisor Development, Fundraising, Trademark, RSO Officer Appeals, Legal Questions Related to RSO's, SOOIE)
- Rainer Gall, RSO Program Coordinator, email@example.com (RSO Financial Affairs Advisor, oversees RSO functional area)
- Lyndi Mabry, Graduate Assistant for RSO's, firstname.lastname@example.org
(New RSO Registration, Officer Development, Event Planning, SOOIE)
- Rosa Edwards, Administrative Support Supervisor, email@example.com
(RSO Re-Registration General RSO questions, Email/Website Requests or Password Resets, RSO Information Requests)
ASG Funding Team
- ASG Treasurer Mike Wyse, firstname.lastname@example.org
- ASG Office Manager Jody Preece, email@example.com
- ASG Advisor Rudy Trejo, firstname.lastname@example.org
- RSO Financial Affairs Advisor Rainer Gall, email@example.com
Have a question about RSO's? Contact our office at 479-575-5255 or email one of the individuals listed above!