Registration

Re-Registration is now closed for 2019-2020!

If your RSO did not complete re-registration by June 30th, 2019, you will have a brief opportunity to do so in September. Please  contact the RSO team in September to request information on what your RSO needs to do during this window. 

If you have completed re-registration and have officer updates, please contact the RSO team for the appropriate process.

Instructions/Checklist for New RSO's

New RSO's can form at any time! Below is some information for planning to start your RSO. Once you have these items together, Complete the New RSO Pre-registration Form to start the registration process. If you have questions at any point please contact our office at rso@uark.edu or call 479-575-5255.

  1.  Create your RSO's purpose statement and write a constitution.

  2.  Secure a University of Arkansas faculty or staff member as advisor to your RSO (cannot be a graduate student, unless required for their job).

  3. Have at least six students as members of your RSO. More information about officer/member requirements is listed below. Need help finding six students? 1) Email Arkansas Union Reservations to request a one-time recruitment meeting. You can put up 3 posters promoting this event on approved Union bulletin boards - bring those posters to Arkansas Union A665 to be stamped for a one week posting. 2) Email rso@uark.edu to request a one-time announcement to be included in the RSO Weekly Events message sent to all current RSO Officers via HogSync.
  4. Have the advisor and students create a profile in HogSync, our RSO management tool.

  5. Complete the New RSO Pre-registration Form to schedule an in-person officer orientation with two of your officers at the same time (president and treasurer recommended).

    •  Each Registered Student Organization must:

      • Have a President and a Treasurer

      • Have a total of at least 6 members (may include officers)

      • Have a faculty or staff advisor from the University of Arkansas

      • Be comprised entirely of University of Arkansas students

      • Follow the Code of Student Life located at handbook.uark.edu

      • Adhere to the RSO Compliance and Non-Discrimination Policy

      • Re‐register every year during the Registration Window

        • The next re-registration window will be March 11-June 30, 2019 for the 2019-2020 academic year.
    •  RSO Officers must:

      • Maintain at least a 2.25 cumulative GPA

      • Be enrolled full‐time (12 credit hours for undergraduates and law students, 1 credit hour for graduate students)

      • Not be on disciplinary or academic integrity probation

      • Have 2 officers complete officer orientation

         For purposes of co-curricular eligibility requirements, an officer is defined as anyone in an elected or appointed position. See the Student Handbook for more information

    •  RSO Members must:

      • Be enrolled in at least one class at the University of Arkansas

 

RSO or Departmental Organization?

Only RSO’s are required to go through registration with the Office of Student Activities.  RSO’s differ from Departmental Organizations in a number of ways:

  • 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. 

You should determine whether your organization is an RSO or a departmental organization before registering your organization.

RSO Officer/Member Co-Curricular Eligibility Authorization

By accepting membership to an RSO organizational site on HogSync (the University’s RSO Management System), a student is providing authorization to the Office of Student Activities to verify the student’s enrollment status in accordance with the RSO eligibility standards listed in the Code of Student Life.

Similarly, any student who is listed as an officer on an RSO roster, as submitted by the RSO’s President, is deemed to have provided authorization for the Office of Student Activities, the Office of Student Standards and Conduct, and the Office of Academic Integrity, to verify the student’s co-curricular eligibility in accordance with the RSO officer requirements listed in the Code of Student Life. These requirements are also listed below:

RSO Officers must:

  • Maintain at least a 2.25 cumulative GPA
  • Be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours for undergraduate and law students, 1 hour for graduate students)
  • Not be on disciplinary or academic integrity probation

RSO members must:

  • Be enrolled in at least one class at the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville

 

RSO Recruitment Policy and Opt-Out Notice

Several of our Registered Student Organizations, particularly honor societies and some professional organizations, recruit students based on certain grade point minimums. RSO’s who require this information should have the GPA requirement stated in the constitution and the request should come from the advisor (fully appointed staff or faculty member) to the ISIS reporting person in his or her division. Once the information is provided to the advisor, the advisor can share the list of students, without ID numbers, to the RSO officers for recruitment purposes.  The list should only include directory information for students who meet a defined minimum GPA requirement.  It must not include specific GPA information for each student.

RSO’s must be in Active status to conduct recruitment activities. University letterhead, logos, or trademarks cannot be used in recruitment materials.

Students who don’t want their names to appear on potential lists for RSO recruitment purposes can opt out through the FERPA Directory Restrictions settings in ISIS.  This is managed in the Personal Information section of the Student Center page.  Instructions are under the Personal Information tab on the UAConnect Help page for students. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Registration

  1. What happens if I am in a returning RSO and we miss the re-registration deadline?
    • If you miss the deadline, you will be in "deactivated" status and will have to wait until registration re-opens.  All RSO benefits will be suspended when you are in "deactivated" status.
    • Please contact rso@uark.edu for information about future registration windows. 
    • For 2019-2020, a brief, 2 week re-registration window will open in late September. Please follow OSA on HogSync for updates on the exact dates.