Recognition of Undergraduate Student Organizations
Official recognition of an undergraduate student organization is the acknowledgement by the College that the organization:
- Has an existence at Trinity.
- Is allowed to charge fees.
- Is allowed to seek funding or other assistance from sources outside of the College.
- And has the ability to request various considerations, such as the opportunity to use College facilities and services and, when appropriate, the name and the tax exempt status of the College.
To become a recognized student organization, the organization must have the approval of the Student Activities Involvement and Leadership (SAIL) office and, if funds are to be sought from the Student Activities Fee, the approval of the Student Government Association
. For religious student organizations, the College Chaplain
must first grant approval before it is approved by SGA.
Trinity College currently has over 150 student organizations, most in an active/recognized status. We recommend that you meet with a SAIL staff member
prior to completing an application for recognition so that we can see if a currently recognized student organization would be able to incorporate your organization under their name. In order for this to happen, the current organization would have to submit an updated constitution which reflects the new "branch" of their membership and must be willing to share funds. With so many recognized student organizations and such an active student body at Trinity College, more student organizations mean less funds available after original budgets are allocated. SGA reserves the right to deny new student organization applications if they feel as though their ability to finance all student organizations may be in danger.
- Student Organization Registration Forms may be obtained from the SAIL Main Office in Mather 107.
- Completed applications may be submitted to a SAIL staff member at any time after September 1st in the Fall Term but no later than April 1st in the Spring Term.
- Within twenty (20) business days (vacation periods excluded) after receiving an application, the SAIL office will determine whether it is complete and whether the proposed student organization submitting it conforms to the College's regulations and requirements.
- If the organization seeks funding from the Student Activities Fee, the completed application will be forwarded to the President and Executive Vice President of SGA. Within fifteen (15) days (vacation periods excluded) of receiving notice from the SAIL office, the President and Executive Vice President will place the application and related papers before the SGA for action. The action may be one of three:
- a recommendation to the SGA legislature to approve the organization;
- a recommendation to deny approval;
- a recommendation to the organization that it resubmit the application with particular changes in its proposal.
- After SGA approves an organization, copies of their recommendation, the application, and supporting papers are to be provided to each member of the SGA legislature so that it may be voted upon.