Step 1 - Verify your student group is registered with the university and your groups information is up to date on OrgSync
SGA recognition and being a registered student group with the university are NOT the same! To become SGA recognized your student group must first be registered with the university. What that means is that you must register your student group and make an OrgSync portal with UMD's Student Organization Resource Center (SORC), you can follow those steps here.
Already registered with SORC? Please make sure your groups President and Treasurer are up to date on OrgSync, otherwise your group will be denied recognition. Groups with out of date information cannot receive funding, so they cannot be recognized. You may follow this guide or watch this video for more information on how to update your leadership in OrgSync.
For any questions about registering your student group or updating your information, you may contact SORC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 2 - Check to make sure your student group meets SGA's guidelines
What makes the SGA recognition process different than the university recognition process is we have slightly more strict requirements. The money that the SGA provides student groups is paid for by all students in their mandatory fees, therefore it's important that any and all students have access to this pool of money, which is why we have different requirements than the university!
Student Group Requirements:
Your student group must have at least 25 undergraduate students.
Your student group cannot be discriminatory and/or exclusionary. Exact guidelines can be found here.
Your student group cannot charge mandatory dues for active, voting membership. Voluntary individual expenses may be necessary, however, payment of dues or expenses cannot be used as criterion to determine active, voting membership.
Step 3 - Acquire the application materials
Student group roster - this roster must be downloaded from your student groups OrgSync page, otherwise your group will be denied recognition. Please be mindful that only your student groups President and Treasurer will be able to download the roster as they are the only ones with that capability. On your own student group's portal, here is where the downloadable roster would be located:
Student group constitution - you should already have this, as it is required to become university recognized. If for some reason your student group does not have a constitution yet, please follow the example shown here.
Step 4 - Apply
You're ready to go! Apply for recognition through OrgSync here.