Requirements for student organizations at North Carolina State University is set forth in the University Policies, Rules and Regulations (PRR). We observe two designations for student organizations at NC State; Registered Student Organizations and Recognized Student Organizations. Both registered and recognized student organizations must meet the requirements of the respective university regulation as described below.
All prospective student leaders should familiarize themselves with the University Regulations associated with the student organizations: http://www.ncsu.edu/policies/student_services/
In addition to the University Regulation, the following standards are required by the Student Organization Resource Center:
SORC requirements for all student organizations
- All students organizations are required to submit an updated registration and organization profile annually. This ensures that the correct organization information is listed in the NC State Organization Network.
- Any student serving as an officer in a "Registered" student organization must be affiliated with the NC State Organization Network by maintaining an account profile in the NC State Community. The Organization Network is powered by OrgSync, a third party vendor that is contracted by NC State.
- Any student serving as an officer in a "Recognized" student organization must agree to be affiliated with the NC State Organization Network by maintaining an account profile in the Organization Network. The Organization Network is powered by OrgSync, a third party vendor that is contracted by NC State.
- All organizations designated as "Registered" must maintain an organization membership roster within their OrgSync organization portal. This can be in the form of a spreadsheet stored as a file or by inviting all members to join the organization through OrgSync, thus establishing an online record of membership.
- The majority of your membership roster must be enrolled NC State students.
Registered Student Organizations
Registered Student Organizations are voluntary associations led by NC State students, which are legally independent of the University as defined in Registered Student Organizations Regulation for Undergraduate Student Student Leadership, Membership, and Registration - REG 11.55.7
Registered Student Organizations may access certain University-controlled benefits and resources, such as facilities and equipment, are accountable to the University for compliance with University Policies, Regulations and Rules, and may seek funding from Student Government. Because they are voluntary associations, Registered Student Organizations may not use “NC State” in their names (example: "the NC State ________ club"), and they may not represent or imply that they speak for, or in the name of the university.
Recognized Student Organizations
Recognized Student Organizations are those organizations that are sponsored within the Division of Student Affairs and are provided with advisors and/or financial support. Requirements for leadership in a Recognized Student Organization is defined in the Regulation for Undergraduate Student Leadership - REG 11.55.6. The following are identified as Recognized Student Organizations: African American Student Advisory Council, Collaborative Greek Council, InterFraternity Council, Inter-Residence Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Panhellenic Association, Student Center Board of Directors, Student Government, Student Media, and the Union Activities Board.
Starting a new student organization
Registration for new student organizations is open year-round. However, Student Government start-up appropriations are only awarded at the beginning of each semester.
Find out how to start your own new student organization by following these steps: How to Form a New Student Organization
When considering starting a new organization on campus
1. Do your research. Is there already an organization on campus similar to the one you’ve envisioned? There are over 500 student groups at NC State- what makes your organization different from the others on campus?
*Club Sports must be formed under the requirements of the Department of Campus Recreation and registered with the SORC in concurrence.
2. Be intentional. What benefit do you hope your organization will bring to its members and to the general student population? How does your organization contribute to the University’s Mission?
3. Look ahead. Do you see your organization having a lasting presence on campus, long after you graduate? Does your interest or cause have staying power?
4. Be proactive. Draw up a draft of your organization’s constitution before you even begin recruiting officers (you can always edit it with them later.) This will help you to organize your intentions for the group and will make the purpose of your organization clear to anyone wishing to join.