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RSOs and Student Engagement

Make new friends. Get involved. Share your passions.

Student Development and Activities has organizations for academics, performance, culture — or anything you can dream.

EXPLORE OUR LIST OF RSOs

or learn how to start your own below

Interested in starting your own organization?

Starting a new organization is a relatively easy process but it does involve a few different steps in order to complete it successfully. The Student Development and Activities team works closely with interested students to determine the purpose and mission of their proposed new organization. Once ideas are formalized, we will walk you through the necessary paperwork to complete the new organization application. Formal proposals are then forwarded on to the Student Government Association (SGA) where the full Senate will vote on the activation of your new group.

  • 1. What does MMC already offer?

    Before creating a new organization, take a look through our existing organizations to see if the group you’re looking for already exists. If we do have an active organization, simply contact them to get involved. If a group that you would like to be a part of is currently inactive, you can reactivate that club with a renewal form.

    Student Development and Activities also has a catalog of older inactive organizations that are not listed on our website. For more information on those, please contact our office at activities@mmm.edu

  • 2. You have an idea for a unique organization. Now what?

    This is fantastic news! We’re always excited to welcome new and imaginative organizations. Below are your action items now that you’re starting a brand new Registered Student Organization:

    1. Build your Team: Find three additional people who would excitedly join the organization’s executive board as the Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary; find a full-time faculty or staff member who would be interested in serving as the advisor; and find 6 additional students interested in being members
    2. Write your new organization’s mission statement and create a constitution using our Constitution Template.
    3. Complete the registration from at the top of this webpage, including uploading the roster, mission statement, and constitution.

    After submission, the application will be routed to your advisor, to the Student Development and Activities staff and then to the Student Government Association for final review.

    You will receive notification from the SGA on the status of the organization at that point. Please note: this process can take up to 2 weeks to complete.

  • 3. What does an SGA review entail?

    The Student Government Association executive board and Senate are the final authorizing body for the formal recognition of new organizations.

    What does SGA look for when reviewing?

    • Is the mission of this organization unique from anything previously established at MMC?
    • Does the purpose of this organization serve the student body and/or the broader MMC community?
    • Does the mission embrace MMC’s mission of embracing and celebrating inclusion?
    • Does this organization have the potential to thrive year-to-year?

    Once the application is received by SGA, a representative will contact you with an invitation to attend an upcoming meeting in order to answer any questions that may arise.

  • 4. SGA just approved our organization! What's next?

    Once the SGA has approved the group as a registered student organization (RSO), a member of the Student Development staff will ask to meet with the organization officers to review the myriad resources available to support the success of student organizations. We’ll go through the benefits of RSO status, how to request funding, how to plan events on campus, taking advantage of the resources in the Student Organization Suite and how to engage the student body as an official student organization of MMC, just to name a few.

  • 5. GET STARTED

    As always, if you have any questions at any point in the process, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Development and Activities office at activities@mmm.edu.

    You can also reach out to Kevin Croke (kcroke@mmm.edu), Assistant Director of Student Development and Activities, who oversees the establishment and operations of clubs and organizations.

Forms, Policies and Procedures

Here you can find all the forms that are related to registered student organizations (RSOs) at Marymount Manhattan College:

  • Reactivating a registered student organization
  • Using your RSO’s budget
  • Programming and advertising on campus
  • Maintaining active RSO status

For a complete look at the policies and procedures put in place by the Office of Student Development & Activities, please refer to our RSO Handbook. For your convenience, your Student Development and Activities team has also compiled an online folder with useful resources to you as a student leader. Check out the folder here.

  • Reactivating an RSO

    Reactivating an RSO is for those who would like to renew the active status of the organization for the upcoming academic year or to reactive an RSO that has previously existed on campus but is currently inactive.

    1. Complete a new membership roster.
    2. Use our constitution template to make any updates to your RSO’s constitution if needed.
    3. Complete the RSO renewal form.
    4. Sign up for and complete the RSO officer training at the beginning of the fall semester or upon request by submitting the RSO officer training request form.

    Once a renewal form has been accepted and the RSO officer training is completed, your RSO will officially be activated and will automatically receive a monetary boost from the SGA:

    • If reactivated during the fall semester, RSOs will receive $100
    • If reactivated during the spring semester, RSOs will receive $50

    RSO email accounts:

    Each RSO has a unique email domain. Access to this email is granted to the president of each RSO. The president is also the primary owner of the RSO Team on Office 365 .

  • Using Your RSO's Budget

    Budget requests:

    If your RSO would like to request additional funding from the SGA (beyond the $100 boost), please fill out the budget allocation request form. Please note: Requests must follow the policies laid out in the Treasurer training in order to be considered.

    Accessing funds for purchases:

    If your RSO would like to get cash in order to make purchases for an upcoming event (cash advance) or would like to be reimbursed for expenses from a past event (reimbursement), please fill out one of the following forms:

    • Cash advance request form
    • Reimbursement request form

    Please note: Cash advance and reimbursement request forms must follow the policies laid out in the Treasurer training in order to be considered.

    Each RSO program must have a sign-in sheet for student attendees to fill out. This sheet must be returned with the other materials associated with either of the above forms. Failure to do so may result in future request forms being denied. The sign-in sheet template is available here.

    Placing a food order:

    If your RSO would like to place a large catering order from a restaurant for your event or program, you must make an appointment with Ben Giuliana, the Coordinator of Student Activities, at bgiuliana@mmm.edu.

  • Programming and Advertising

    Reserving space on campus:

    To host an event or reserve a table, you must do so through SchoolDude:

    • Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to use SchoolDude

    Advertising for your event:

    Beyond emails and flyers, your RSO also has access to advertising through any of the following:

    • The Student Affairs Weekly Feed online newsletter
    • The digital signage screens in the Commons and Nugent Lounge

    If your RSO is interested in utilizing any of the above media, please fill out this form by noon on Wednesdays.

    Click here for a quick guide on how to properly follow MMC branding policies.
    Click here for quick tips on how to effectively promote your event.

  • Maintaining Active RSO Status

    In order to maintain active status as a registered student organizations, various checkpoints must be met by each RSO throughout the semester and academic year.  The checklist below provides a snapshot of what these checkpoints are; a full list of requirements is detailed during RSO Officer Training as well as in the 2019 - 2020 RSO Handbook.

    Fall semester:

    • At least one officer signs up and attends RSO Officer Training at the beginning of the semester. If at least one officer does not sign up and attend, the majority of the board (3 - 4 officers) must schedule a makeup session to meet with Kevin Croke, Assistant Director of Student Development and Activities.
    • Two events are held sometime during the semester. These events can be in a variety of formats, including general member meetings, tabling opportunities, speaker events, small- or large-scale educational or social events, etc.
    • At least four members participate in at least five hours of community engagement by either...
      • Participating in an event(s) organized through the Marymount Muscle initiative;
      • Participating in an event(s) organized and hosted by the Marymount Community Outreach RSO;
      • Registering your event(s) as a community engagement opportunity with Zakkiyya Taylor, Associate Director of Student and Community Engagement; or
      • Participating in an outside community engagement opportunity(ies) and submitting the completed paperwork to Zakkiyya Taylor.

    Spring semester:

    • Two events are held sometime during the semester. These events can be in a variety of formats, including general member meetings, tabling opportunities, speaker events, small- or large-scale educational or social events, etc.
    • At least four members participate in at least five hours of community engagement by either...
      • Participating in an event(s) organized through the Marymount Muscle initiative;
      • Participating in an event(s) organized and hosted by the Marymount Community Outreach RSO;
      • Registering your event(s) as a community engagement opportunity with Zakkiyya Taylor, Associate Director of Student and Community Engagement; or
      • Participating in an outside community engagement opportunity(ies) and submitting the completed paperwork to Zakkiyya Taylor.
    • Officer transitions fully and appropriately take place by March 30 in accordance with the by-laws established in your RSO's constitution.