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Registered Student Organizations

Benefits & Expectations


What are Registered Student Organization (RSO)?

Registered Student Organizations (RSO) are opportunities to form and create student led organizations based on shared interests, hobbies and/or passions. Students are able to create, budget and plan their own events as well as govern their organization under the guidance of an advisor. Involvement in an RSO will allow individuals to meet new people, develop their interest, become engaged and have fun.  


How to become an RSO?

Apply to become an RSO

If interested in starting a new organization please email rso@wku.edu

RSO Update Form

The update link is closed. It will open back up in late Novemeber.

Form and Document Submission

Submit the following forms/documents to the Student Activities Office after completing the RSO Form:


Submission Review

All submitted forms/documents will be reviewed by the Office of Student Activities. Upon approval, will be sent to the Office of the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Experience for final approval.


The Vice President of Enrollment and Student Experience will send a confirmation letter to the RSOs primary advisor.


What are the benefits of being a RSO?

  • Use of University facilities: buildings, grounds, services (some may have usage fees)
  • Opportunity to connect with other students
  • Establish the organization’s platform and voice on campus
  • Use of RSO mailboxes in Student Activities (depended on availability)
  • Assistance in the interpretation of University policies and procedures
  • Participation in RSO Fairs
  • Opportunities for Leadership Training provided by Leadership & Volunteerism
  • Ability to apply for Organizational Aid through the Student Government Association (SGA)


Expectations of RSOs

  • Abide by all applicable federal, state, and local laws as well as University policies and procedures
  • Ensure continuity from year to year by training new leadership and keeping good records of all organizational endeavors
  • Maintain open and honest communication channels with members, advisors, and University officials (i.e. Student Activities staff, etc…)
  • Respect the dignity of all persons, and not physically, psychologically, or sexually abuse or haze anyone.
  • Strive to promote intellectual and academic achievement and integrity
  • Practice sound fiscal management
  • Respect the existence and rights of other student organizations and strive to establish a sense of community among student organizations


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 Last Modified 9/30/19