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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a recognized student organization?

How do I join a student organization?

Where is the Center for Arts & Crafts?

How do I start a student organization?

How do I find out what's taking place on campus?

How can I get involved in community service?

My organization wants to plan a program on campus. What do I need to do?

How do I reserve a meeting room for my student organization?

How can I get funding for a program that my student organization wants to do?

How do I activate my club's web site?





What is a recognized student organization?

Recognized student organizations are those organizations that have gone through the process to obtain University recognition through the Office of Student Activities.

They are granted certain rights, such as the use of Penn State in their names, the ability to utilize University facilities, coverage by the student organization General Liability and Non-Owned Automobile Liability insurance policies, and others outlined in Policies and Rules for Recognized Student Organizations (pdf).

Recognition status does not imply University support, agreement, or approval; it is an acknowledgement of the rights of the group to exist at the University.

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How do I join a student organization?

Visit the student organization clubs server to view all of the recognized student organizations at Penn State.

You can browse all of the organizations listed on the site or search by specific organization or area of interest. The site includes a brief description of every organization, a contact person's e-mail address, and the organization's web site (if applicable). Students should feel free to contact the organization if they wish to join or to ask any questions that they might have.

Students are also welcome to visit our office, 209 HUB, and speak with someone about how to join a student organization.

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Where is the Center for Arts & Crafts?

The Center for Arts and Crafts is located in Room 3, Ritenour Building (on the lower level of Ritenour). You can also register for courses at the same location.

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How do I start a student organization?

Visit the Student Activities Office (room 209 HUB-Robeson Center) to complete an "Intent to Organize" form and talk briefly with someone about the process to start a student organization.

You will receive an Information Packet that outlines all of the steps necessary to become a recognized student organization. The Information Packet is also available as a PDF on the Student Organizations website.

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How do I find out what's taking place on campus?

Several web sites contain calendars outlining events taking place on campus. These include:

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How can I get involved in community service?

The five best ways to get involved in service are (in no particular order):

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My organization wants to plan a program on campus. What do I need to do?

The Office of Student Activities coordinates a Program Registration process for student organizations interested in planning events on campus. Information about funding, contracts, reserving a room, and much more is included in this process.

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How do I reserve a meeting room for my student organization?

Reserving space in the HUB-Robeson Center, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, Residence Halls, or Outdoor locations can be done online by requesting a Web User Account from our VirtualEMS webpage.

For General Purpose Classroom Space or Athletic space you will need to visit the Event Management Office in 125 HUB-Robeson Center.

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How can I get funding for a program that my student organization wants to do?

The University Park Allocation Committee (UPAC) oversees the distribution of the student activities fee to students and student organizations. For more information about deadlines and how to apply, visit the UPAC website or visit the UPAC office in 229 HUB.

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How do I activate my club's web site?

All recognized student organizations are allotted five gigabytes of web space on the clubs server on which to host a web site.

Visit the Student Activities office in 209 HUB-Robeson Center to activate your organization's web space on the clubs server. We will give you more information about how to publish to the site at that time.

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209 HUB-Robeson Center | 814.863.4624 | Contact the Office of Student Activities