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Getting Recognized

Gain Official Recognition on Campus

Each school's requirements for gaining recognition are different; speak to the head of student activities to find out specific information on whom you need to contact regarding funds and recognition.

Questions Asked When Applying for Campus Recognition

  • What is the purpose of your student organization?

  • How do the purpose and plans of your activities differ from other groups currently recognized by the activities council? (Note: This is very important, as schools will not recognize two student groups with the same purpose. Distinguish your chapter from environmental groups and other similar groups by describing SPUSA's broad range of issue areas, nonpartisan stance on issues, and efforts to serve as an educational forum for students.)

  • What is your organization's stage of development and what are your plans for the year?

  • What are the criteria for membership in your organization?

  • How many potential members do you hope to have, and how do you plan to meet this goal?

  • How do you plan to fund your activities? What fundraisers do you plan to have?

  • How will you find a faculty advisor? Please note, a faculty advisor is usually mandatory for recognition.

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Start a chapter: See Chapter Organizing Guide

Review tips on becoming an effective faculty advisor.

Sample Funding Request
Sample Travel Funds Request
Press Release
Regional Conferences
Event Planning Checklist


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