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Recognized Student Organization (RSO) Application  

New and continuing student organizations must be recognized on an annual basis per California State University Executive Order 1068.

The RSO application for the 2020 - 2021 academic year is open as of May 1, 2020.  

Please note that there are two recognition seasons when the RSO Application is open, Fall and Spring. During the recognition seasons is when staff will be actively reviewing RSO Applications. 

  • Fall 2020: May 1st - September 1st
  • Spring 2021: December 1st - February 1st

How to Complete the Annual RSO Application

Steps to become a Recognized Student Organization  


  1. Complete the applicationRecognized Student Organization (RSO) Application
  2. The RSO Application must have the names, RedIDs, and emails of at least five eligible student officers and one faculty/staff advisor. 
  3. The organization's bylaws must be uploaded to the RSO Application with all California State University standards. Please see our Bylaw Checklist and Template for reference. 
  4. The organization must complete the A.S. Banking and Finance section of the RSO Application. If the organization chooses to use on-campus banking, they must submit the Student Organization Account Application & Agreement form. Learn more about student organization banking and finance here In response to COVID-19 social distancing requirements we are accepting electronic signatures on applications for 2020-21 academic year.  Contact Diana de la Rosa ( if you have questions.
  5. New presidents and treasurers must complete the RSO Leadership Training and the Student Organization Conflict and Identity Awareness (S.O.C.I.A.) training. (Please note, these trainings do not need to be completed before an RSO Application is submitted. The RSO Application can be submitted and the trainings can be completed at a later date.)
  6. The advisor listed on the RSO Application must confirm their role and complete the Advisor Orientation.
  7. Confirmation:he organization will receive an email confirming their recognition once all items have been completed. 



The RSO application can take two to four weeks to process once all requirements are complete.  


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Benefits of Being a Recognized Student Organization

  • Use of SDSU's name, logo and symbols in conformity with campus policies
  • Meeting on campus, reserving space with Union Programs & Services and university facilities.
  • Applying for and recieving workspace and basement storage space in Student Life & Leadership, subject to space availability.  
  • Scheduling and publicizing activities and events as permitted by Student Life & Leadership and campus partners. 
  • Participating in Student Life & Leadership and University events. 
  • Use of Presence for marketing, communication, tracking and assessment of the organization and organization related activities. 
  • Gratis publicity via The Daily Aztec and Associated Students communications when available. 
  • Posting of signs in reserved areas (in accordance with the Buildings and Grounds Code). 
  • Maintaining an organization mailbox in the office of Student Life & Leadership. 
  • Applying for Student Organization Donation Bin placement in Student Life & Leadership.
  • Applying for and receiving funding of programs from various campus departments, subject to availability requirements. 
  • Belonging to and receiving funds from the A.S. College Councils, as applicable. 
  • Receiving tax-exempt charitable donations through provision administered by Associated Students. 
  • Certifying campus recognition for national or statewide affiliated organizations. 

For more information on the purpose of the recognition process and student organization policies and procedures, please review the 2020-2021 Student Organization Handbook


Contact Student Life & Leadership at (619) 594-5221 if you have any questions!   

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