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
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."
OFFICER REQUIREMENTS: Per CSU Coded Memorandum AA-2012-05 all Presidents and Treasurers of recognized
Student Organizations are considered Minor Student Officers. Failure to meet the
requirements below will result in removal from office and will risk the recognition
status of the organization. SLL will verify that each officer:
- Is matriculated and enrolled at CSUSM.
- Maintains a minimum on-campus grade point average of 2.0 each term.
- Is in good standing with the University and not on probation of any kind.
- Is earning at least six semester units while holding office, as undergraduates. Graduate
and Credential students must earn at least 3 semester units while holding office.
- Is limited to 150 semester units or 125 percent of the units required for a specific
baccalaureate degree objective, whichever is greater. Graduate and Credential students
are allowed to earn a maximum of 50 semester units or 167 percent of the units required
for the graduate or credential objective, whichever is greater.
- Attends the annual Student Organization Leadership Conference in the fall or the Recognition
Workshop in the spring.
Student organization recognition forms are submitted on an annual basis.
Spring 2020 Recognition Timeline
||Action item for student organization
|| Intent to Organize Form Available to Submit
||Deadline to Submit Spring 2020 Intent to Organize Form
|March 9th-April 3rd
|| Intent to Organize Meetings
|| Student Organization Leadership Conference
Recognized student organizations are afforded a variety of privileges, including but
not limited to the following:
- Use of university facilities for meetings and events.
- Fundraising opportunities on campus within established guidelines.
- Organization name listed in the student organization directory.
- Use of ASI Banking and Accounting services.
- Ability to receive full or partial funding for specific events through ASI.
- Use of a mailbox in the Student Life & Leadership office.
- Use CSU San Marcos' name in organization correspondence and publicity.
- Use of designated bulletin boards for publicity.
- Ability to recruit members on campus.
Recognized student organizations and their members represent the University and they
have a responsibility to conduct themselves in such a manner as to give a favorable
impression of California State University San Marcos to the public and to fellow students.
In exchange for the advantage of having these privileges, the following minimum standards
are required for all chartered organizations:
- Organization policies must be consistent with those of the University. This includes
all policies, organization purpose, and regulations, including regulations involving
non-discrimination and hazing.
- Select and maintain an authorized advisor from the Cal State San Marcos faculty or
- Schedule all social functions and meetings according to the approved procedure for
- Maintain an active programming calendar (meetings, events, co-programming, and community
service projects) that reflects the purpose of the organization as stated in the constitution.
- Assume responsibility for clean-up after on-campus and community events.
- Submit an accurate membership roster, list of officers and advisor to Student Life
& Leadership at the begining of each semester (and whenever changes are made).
- Regularly check and empty the student organization mailbox in Student Life & Leadership
(SLL), USU 3600.
- File one copy of the most recent version of the Organization's Constitution and Bylaws
with Student Life & Leadership (one copy of the national constitution must also be
on file in the case of national affiliation).
- Send appropriate represenatives to the annual Student Organization Leadership Conference.
- Fiscally be in good standing with the University.