University Recognition Process

The recognition of student organizations at California State University San Marcos is governed by policies and procedures established by the State of California, the Committee of Trustees of California State University, and the President of CSU San Marcos.

University policy requires that all campus student organizations be recognized through Student Life & Leadership in order to associate the student organization with the name of California State University San Marcos.  Since the 2012-2013 academic year, CSU policy requires that all recognized student organizations abide by an open membership policy - "no campus shall recognize any fraternity, sorority, living group, honor society, or other student organization that discriminates on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, color, age, gender, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or disability...regarding the prohibition of membership policies that discriminate on the basis of gender, this does not apply to social fraternities or sororities or other university living groups." All student organization Presidents and Treasurers must maintain a 2.0 term and cumulative GPA, be in good standing with the University, be enrolled in 6 units per term (3 graduate units) and also have less than 150 semester units or 125% of their major units (50 graduate units or 167% of their graduate unit objective) overall.

Student organization recognition forms are submitted on an annual basis.  For more information regarding the student organization recognition process for  please stop by the Student Life & Leadership Office located at the Student Union 3600 or email

2014-15  Recognition Timeline

Date             Action item for student organization
February 7
Intent to Organize (New Student Organizations)
April 1
2014-2015 Online Recognition Form (ORF)  Available
Deadline to Submit "Intent to Organize"
April 15 Deadline New Orgs to meet w/ SLL Coordinator
May 1 Deadline to Submit 2014-2015 Online Recognition Form
May 29 SLL to notify all Orgs w/ ineligible officers (See above)
June 6 Deadline to submit Officer Eligibility appeals
June 13 Deadline identify New Officers (Non-Appeals)
August 1 Recognition Forms Due (Officer Agreement Form, Updated Constitution, Membership Roster)
August 22 Student ORG Leadership Conference
September 5 Letter of Recognitions available


Recognition Forms

2014-2015 Online Recognition Form 

Due August 1st

  1. Officer Agreement
  2. Membership Roster
  3. Updated Constitution

August 29
Bank Form to be collected by ASI 

Spring 2015 Intent to Organize