Re-registration has ended for the 2023-2024 academic year. There will be a window in September 2023 for groups that failed to re-register this semester.
If you completed re-registration and need to update officers, please email email@example.com with your changes. This is only a temporary measure as we are transitioning to a new RSO management system.
Instructions/Checklist for New RSO's
New RSO's can form at any time! Below is some information for planning to start your
RSO. If you have questions at any point please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 479-575-5255. Note: Groups must be
inactive for at least one year before re-forming as a new RSO. The new RSO process
is not a substitute for the re-registration process.
Create your RSO's purpose statement and write a constitution.
Secure a University of Arkansas faculty or staff member as advisor to your RSO (cannot be a graduate student, unless required for their job).
Have at least six students as members of your RSO. More information about officer/member
requirements is listed below.
Need help finding six students?
- Email Arkansas Union Reservations to request a one-time recruitment meeting. You can put up 2 posters promoting this event on approved Union bulletin boards - bring those posters to Arkansas Union A665 to be stamped for a one week posting.
- Email email@example.com to request a one-time announcement to be included in the RSO Weekly Events message sent to all current RSO Officers via HogSync.
- Have the advisor and students create a profile in HogSync, our RSO management tool.
Once you have these items together, Complete the New RSO Pre-registration Form to start the registration process. This form will allow you 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 faculty or staff advisor from the University of Arkansas
Have a total of at least 6 members (may include officers)
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
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
Categories of Student Organizations
The University’s relationship differs with Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), departmental organizations, Greek-affiliated organizations, and Student Activities fee-funded organizations. Each organization will be categorized based on the following attributes. (Please see this chart for more details on the benefits and administration of each category.)Only Registered Student Organizations are required to go through the registration process with the Office of Student Activities.
- 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. (Example: UREC’s Sports Clubs, Walton College of Business SAKE group)
- 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.
- Fee-Funded Student Organizations are groups that are primarily funded by the student activities fee including Associated Student Government (ASG), Distinguished Lectures Committee (DLC), Graduate Professional Student Congress (GPSC), Headliners Concert Committee, Student Organization Outreach and Involvement Experience (SOOIE), University Programs (UP), and Volunteer Action Center (VAC). These groups primarily exist to represent student interests in the spending of student fees and are advised by University staff members whose primary position is the administration and oversight of student fees. Fee-funded student organizations officially represent the University of Arkansas. This does not apply to RSOs that receive student fee funding for specific events or conferences through Office of Financial Affairs (OFA) through ASG.
- Greek Organizations are organizations that are officially recognized by the Charles & Cappy Whiteside Greek Life Leadership Center at the University of Arkansas.
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 Accountability, and the Office of Academic Integrity, to verify the student’s co-curricular eligibility throughout the academic year 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 UA Connect. 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.