What is a Registered Student Organization?

A Registered Student Organization (RSO) is an organization that has been officially recognized by Florida Atlantic University. All RSOs are listed in OwlCentral, FAU's student organization database, where they can manage their organization profile and submit event registration requests. RSOs are afforded privileges and resources at FAU and, in exchange, are required to adhere to and fulfill the following requirements as conditions of recognition.

*Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the University.

New Student Organization Formation Process

Below is the process for students looking to form a new student organization at FAU:

  1. Complete the Statement of Intent to Organize
  2. Within the Statement of Intent to Organize, you must complete the following:
    • Submission of Constitution
    • Roster of ten (10) members
    • Logo (optional)
    • Contact Information of Advisor: must be a full-time faculty or staff-member at FAU
  3. Once the above steps are completed, you will be given "Interest Group" status in order to complete the following additional steps:
    • Completion of Online Student Organization Training (facilitated in Blackboard)
    • Attendance at the Hazing Prevention Summit
    • Completion of Fiscal Training
    • Completion of Roles and Expectations Form BY THE ADVISOR
    • Attendance of two (2) student officers at the Annual iLEAD Leadership Conference (Fall Only)
  4. Upon completion of all steps in Part 3, your interest group will progress to being a Registered Student Organization. Please note, these steps must be completed within the first six (6) weeks of the semester.

For more information on this process, please click here to visit our New Student Organization Website.


Existing Student Organizations

At the conclusion of each academic year, all student organizations must re-register. Re-registration takes place from the beginning of April through the middle of May. This is important as it provides the university with updated information to ensure that your organization is up to date on all critical information.

This process is facilitated through OwlCentral. Check your student organization Owl Central page for more details. Emails in regard to the process will also be emailed to the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Adviser.

Registered Student Organizations Privileges:

  • Use of FAU facilities, equipment, and services
  • Use of services available in the Club House, including free copies, poster board, and more
  • Ability to apply for/receive funding from COSO/GPSA
  • Access to leadership development training and resources for your organization
  • Included on FAU’s list of Registered Student Organizations (on OwlCentral)
  • Eligible for awards and honors presented to student organizations and their members at the annual Student Organization Awards & Recognition (SOAR) Banquet
  • Ability to participate as a team in Homecoming week student organization events
  • Display approved flyers in approved campus locations (through the Student Union/other locations on campus-with prior approval)
  • Post announcements on MyFAU 
  • Participate in Owl Involved and other recruitment events

Registered Student Organizations Responsibilities:

  • Complete the annual re-registration process, which requires re-registration on OwlCentral, attending the annual Student Leadership Conference (Fall Only), completing the online hazing prevention module, completing the Student Organization Online Training, and completing Fiscal Certification. If your student organization does not register by the deadline each year, your student organization will be considered inactive, and your Student Government budget will be re-allocated to the COSO General Fund. If you have any questions or concerns about your re-registration, please email or call 561-297-3893.
  • Follow and abide by all federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and all policies and procedures at Florida Atlantic University, including the RSO Manual and the FAU Student Code of Conduct, which can be found be visiting and scrolling to the bottom right-hand side.
  • Remain in good standing with all aspects of FAU (Student Union, SG, campus departments, etc) and conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the Mission of the University.
  • Adhere to the rules and procedures set forth in the organization’s constitution, including the non-discrimination and anti-hazing requirements for membership.
  • Meet all fiscal obligations incurred by the student organization and abide by the SG processes and procedures as set forth by the SG Accounting and Budgeting Office.
  • Ensure proper planning and execution of organization events and consult with the Student Union and SI staff for help with event policies and contract management.
  • Provide adequate training during the officer transition process.
  • Have an advisor who serves as a full-time faculty or staff member of FAU.
  • Establish consistent communication with the organization advisor and keep the advisor informed of organization activities and decisions.
  • Ensure proper use of campus resources, including meeting and event space, and other afforded benefits to the organization.
  • Check the student organization mailbox on a regular basis.