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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, please stop by the Student Life & Leadership Office located at the University Student Union 3600 or email

Spring 2016  Recognition Timeline

Date             Action item for student organization
March 1st
 2016-2017 Intent to Organize Form Available
March 1st  2016-2017 Online Recognition Form Available
April 1st
 Deadline to submit Fall 2016 Intent to Organize Form
April 4th - 8th  Intent to Organize Meetings
May 5th  Transition Workshop for new officers
May 6th  Deadline to Renew Recognition and Submit Constitutions
August 26th  Student Organization Recognition Workshop


Recognition Forms

10/3: Intent to Organize form opens

4/3: Online Recognition form opens (Deadline May 1)

11/1: Deadline to Submit Intent to Organize

10/4 - 11/11: Intent to Organize Meetings

5/1: Deadline to Renew Recognition & Submit Constitutions

8/18: Student Organization Leadership Conference