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Phone: (816) 271-4409

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Frequently Asked Questions

RECOGNIZED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) are important to the function of student body. RSOs are able to apply for funding through the SGA Financial Oversight Committee (FOC) to attend conferences/competitions and take advantage of leadership opportunities. The President of these RSOs have a seat on the Presidents Leadership Council (PLC).


Starting/Restarting a Student Organization

MWSU New/Reactivation Registered Student Organization (RSO) in 4 Steps 

Step 1: Attend a New RSO Workshop” There will be three inperson New RSO Workshops per semester or an alternative session may be scheduled with the Director of Student Development. If you are interested in starting a Registered Student Organization at MWSU you are required to attend one of these sessions or complete an alternative session. During these session you will do the following

  • Presentation on RSO 101

Determine with the Director of Student Development which classification your RSO will fall under

social interest, academic, leadership, etc

  • Obtain and review the Application to Become a Recognized Student Organization

Obtain and review the Sample Constitution which will become your RSO Constitution. Select an advisor from the MWSU full-time faculty, staff, or administration. 

Complete a logo design request or create a logo. 

  • Complete a New RSO Informational Slideshow

Step 2: Submit the New RSO Packet to the Director of Student Development 

Submit Application to Become a Recognized Student Organization

  • Submit Finalized Constitution
  • Confirm Advisor for RSO with Director of Student Development

Step 3: Approval or Denial of the New RSO 

Once all of the required materials have been submitted to the Center for Student Involvement proposals will then be reviewed by the Director of Student Development and the Student Government Association. SGA will have the request for the organization to become recognized and it will be presented to the SGA Senate. To be approved by SGA, the process is done in two (2) separate meetings. There will be a first reading for the requesting organization have their New RȘO Presentation presented to senate to educate SGA Senate about the potential organization, followed by a second reading at the next SGA meeting for any final discussion and a vote

All materials will be reviewed one final time by the Student Government Association as well as the Director of Student Development. An official review will be conducted to ensure that there is not an existing organization in which there is too much overlap. During this time, there will also be an assessment of risk associated with the potential organization. Finally, during this time, there will be an indepth review of the constitution to confirm it meets the standers of MWSU. Final Approval or Denial will be determined at this time by the Student Government Association and Director of Student Development

Step 4: Welcome and RSO Requirements 

  • All RSO materials (Application to Become a Recognized Student Organization, Approved Constitution

RSO Advisor Agreement Form) will be stored electronically in the Center for Student Involvement

  • Any changes or updates to the organization‘s Constitution, leadership, or advisor will be reported 

immediately to the Director of Student Development. It will be required that all RSOs complete renewal paperwork annuals in the Spring semester. An advisor Agreement Form will be filled out whenever a new President or Advisor is selected. The new Advisor form must be completed every Spring semester to confirm that your advisor will be able to continue to be in that role

RSO Handbook

RSO Room Reservations

Registered Student Organizations who need to reserve a room can click the button in the footer of this page that says “Reserve a Room.” You will then be able to reserve a room by filling out the reservation form. If you have any issues, please call (816) 271-4150.