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PRIVILEGES GIVEN TO STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
Student organizations registered with Student Activities and in good standing with the University have the following privileges:
1. Use of campus facilities
2. Financial Support
3. Marketing and Promotion
4. Organizational Support
RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
It is the responsibility of every student organization and/or its representatives to:
STUDENT ORGANIZATION TYPES
Registered Student Organization:
A separate, independent entity from the University whose membership is composed of UTSA students, or a combination of students, faculty, and staff; which has complied with the registration procedures to be officially registered (granted approval to operate on campus) by the University.
Sponsored Student Organization
A registered student organization created by, or in conjunction with, a University department to support the ongoing interests of the University community. A sponsored student organization supports the mission of its aligned University department and promotes departmental initiatives. A sponsored student organization has an advisor that is paid by the University to specifically advise the organization. Sponsored student organizations may receive funding and are subject to the appropriate university and departmental guidelines, policies and protocols. To be considered a sponsored student organization, the student organization must complete the process outlined in the Student Organization Relationship Statement, Section 3.3.
A Club Sport is defined as a Registered Student Organization (RSO) structured for the purpose of furthering the common interests in an activity through participation and competition. Club Sport participation is voluntary. Club Sport organizations are sponsored for competitions through the Campus Recreation office and requires the organization be registered as a student organization through the Student Activities office. A Club Sport should have the minimum number to field players in that sport per term to be eligible to be recognized as an active club, in addition to several other requirements. Interested organizations should contact the Assistant Director of Sport Programs.
A student leader must meet the following academic requirements:
Student organizations are divided into thirteen categories according to their purpose. The categories are described below.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in Educational programs and activities at the university unless such programs and activities are specifically exempt from the law. The university is required to be in compliance with the provisions of Title IX. Therefore, compliance with Title IX is a condition to be a registered student organization at the university. Since passage of this law and the publication of the implementing regulations, the U. S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights has evolved a rather clear set of criteria for determining when single sex organizations are exempt from the provisions of Title IX. These criteria are as follows:
The Department of Education defines a "social fraternity" as a group that can answer "no" to all the following questions:
If a group answers "yes" to any of the questions, it is not a "social fraternity" and therefore is not exempt from the requirements of Title IX and therefore must accept members of both sexes. An affirmative answer to any of these questions is evidence that the organization is professional, service, or honorary in nature and not a social fraternity or sorority for Title IX purposes.
United States Department of Education -Office for Civil Rights Rational: The rationale for this distinction is based on the intangible educational advantage afforded by membership in such professional, service and honorary organizations. Many such honor and service organizations have school and alumni recognition and reputations, which enhance student members' careers. Members frequently gain enhanced status, which, as alumni, is often influential in decisions affecting campus life and university policy. This type of educational opportunity and benefit is significant and may not be denied to students on the basis of sex.