Applying for Recognition

General Information about Recognition

  • Groups are welcome to apply for recognition during Fall, Winter, and Spring Terms.
  • Applications for recognition are not heard in the summer.
  • Recognition proposals must be submitted by Week 5 during Spring term in order to be reviewed. 
  • COSO does not recognize groups that already exist on campus. 
  • COSO does not recognize groups that are doing service work in the local/broader community. 

How to Apply for COSO Recognition

  1. Read the 

    packet and the “Prerequisites and Procedures for Recognition and Withdrawal of Recognition.”

  2. Determine interest for the proposed new student organization on campus. Hold recruitment and organizational development meetings. This might also include holding elections, organizing a retreat, and developing your organization’s mission.
  3. Find a current faculty or staff member willing to advise your student organization. The role of an advisor is to provide stability, continuity, and guidance and to assist in fostering the prudent management of organizational funds. The advisor must sign the Petition for Recognition.
  4. Develop and write student organization governing documents. This would include a constitution, bylaws, and a Statement of Purpose.
  5. Complete the Petition for Recognition.
  6. Meet with the COSO Advisor and Director of Student Involvement, Anna Hall, to discuss your organization and review all documents.
  7. Submit all forms (Petition for Recognition, Constitution, Bylaws, and Statement of Purpose) to COSO via OrgSync. For specific directions for this part of the process, please see the section on creating an organization in Getting Started in OrgSync. Forms will be reviewed by COSO and your organization will be invited to attend a COSO meeting.
  8. Present the proposed organization at a Recognition Hearing at the COSO weekly Wednesday meeting. COSO only meets while classes are in session. (please note, no recognition hearings are held during summer term) The advisor and seven members of your organization are expected to attend. At this meeting, you will explain the mission of your organization and answer any questions COSO may have.
  9. After the meeting, you will be notified of COSO’s decision about recognition. If recognized, you will receive a new organization packet from the Student Involvement Office. This packet includes a welcome letter, information about creating a blitz/dnd account, link to treasurer forms and financial procedures guide, and information about your account number and startup funds.
  10. As a recognized COSO organization, you are now eligible to apply for funding, start planning events, and become active on campus!