Policy on Recognized Student Organizations
Adopted October 10, 1991
Recognized student organizations exist at The New School in order to
enhance and contribute to the educational, recreational and cultural
experience offered to New School students.
Recognition by the university permits the organization to use
designated student meeting rooms, to submit an application for any
funding that may be available from the student affairs office of the
division in which the organization is based and it allows the
organization to avail itself of the guidance provided by its division's
Office of Student Affairs or Student Life in helping organizations plan
productive meetings, activities and learning experiences. An
organization is based in the division from which it draws the largest
percentage of its members.
The Office of Student Affairs or Student Life within the division in
which the organization is based is responsible for receiving the
applications and for recognizing and registering student organizations,
provided the organization meets the following criteria and any other
specific divisional criteria:
- The purpose and goals of the student organization benefit the students of The New School.
members of student organizations must be affiliated with the university
by being either matriculated New School certificate or degree program
students or by being New School staff, faculty, alumni or
administration. In order to be recognized as a student organization,
its membership must be composed of no more than twenty-five percent
staff, faculty, alumni or administration.
- No student organization activity shall be carried out for the pecuniary benefit of its individual members.
organizations seeking recognition should present to the Office of
Student Affairs of their division a written application or statement
which includes the organization's name, a description of its goals,
purposes and activities as well as the names of the students who will
serve as its contact persons and the name of its faculty or staff
- Each student organization must have a faculty or
staff advisor who serves as a consultant to the group and acts as
liaison between the university and the group. The advisor shall be
required to review and sign any requests made by the group for funds.
Funds may only be used for approved activities that do not conflict
with the guidelines and policies of the university and the division.
organizations must be in compliance with all policies and rules of The
New School, including, specifically, but not limited to, The New
School's Policy on Free Exchange of Ideas, and Policies on
Non-Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment. This means that no
person may be denied membership on the basis of race, religion,
national or ethnic origin, gender, handicap, sexual orientation,
marital status or age. Violations of university policy, rules, or
federal or state law can result in immediate revocation of the
organization's recognized status.
- Recognition of a student
organization does not constitute approval or endorsement by The New
School of the organization's purposes, objectives or activities.
Therefore, the use of the name of the university or its divisions in
the student organization's promotional material should read: at The New
School or division, not of The New School or division.
of registration must be filed annually in accordance with the
procedures established by the division in which the organization is
This policy is not intended to prohibit students from organizing and participating in informal, unrecognized groups.