Policies for student orgs at IU

Student organizations at Indiana University are considered in three ways:

  • Self-Governed Student Organizations are considered separate organizations and must register annually and agree to and operate under the terms of the SGSO Agreement. SGSOs may receive a range of benefits from the university by participating in the SGSO process.
  • University Student Organizations are treated as operating units of Indiana University and are required to comply with all university policies. USOs are entitled to administrative services as a university unit, use of the Indiana University name, and additional use of IU branding.
  • Non-registered student organizations do not receive the privileges or benefits of SGSOs or USOs. However, they are free to assemble in areas of the campus that are open to them as students of the university and reserve campus space for events under the same terms and conditions as other third-party groups.

Read the university’s Student Organization Policy for a more thorough explanation of the types of student organizations at IU, including requirements and benefits for each type.

SGSO agreement

Student organizations that are separate from Indiana University (SGSOs) must register annually and operate under the Self-Governed Student Organization Agreement in order to receive benefits such as:

  • Eligibility to apply for and receive student activity fee funding
  • Priority use of university facilities and services
  • Approved IU student organization branding elements
  • A network ID and email address
  • Accounting management assistance

Student Organization Administration policies

SOA reserves the right to shut down any account misusing funds or not complying with Student Organization Administration policies. Needed action will be taken with Student Ethics, IU Internal Audit, and/or University Counsel.