Registered Student Organizations

Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) provide opportunities outside the classroom for Cornish students to participate in educational, intellectual, interdisciplinary and cultural events and/or services to their members or the college. We encourage students at Cornish to join or form RSO to share mutual interests. If you are interested in helping to develop and participate in such groups, contact us.

Requirements for starting a new student organization

  1. You must be a student currently enrolled at Cornish.
  2. A new student organization cannot duplicate or mimic an existing one.
  3. You’ll need at least 10 other students also interested in the organization.
  4. Must have a constitution
    a. A student organization constitution should outline the basic rules for governing the organization. It should also allow for continuity and address situations that may arise within the organization. Here is a Sample Constitution Outline.
  5. Must have an advisor who is a Cornish faculty or staff member
  6. Must apply by October 1 to start your organization in the fall or by Feb 1 for the spring

Organizations must register every year and meet requirements to maintain their RSO status.


Benefits of being a Registered Student Organization

  • Ability to request funding
  • Access to supplies
  • May sponsor or co-sponsor events (in their organization’s name) on campus

Responsibilities of an Advisor

A registered student organization advisor’s primary role is to provide overall guidance and support to the registered student organization. Advisors should encourage, consult, and/or mentor the organization in carrying out its purpose as defined by the organization’s constitution. Specific responsibilities of an advisor shall be to:

  • Work with the officers to promote the effective administration of the organization by attending meetings and advising the group as appropriate.
  • Provide guidance to the organization regarding the formulation and revision of the organizations’ constitutions and by-laws.
  • Connect students with resources to ensure compliance with policies and Procedures
  • Intervene when necessary and alert the organization to the risks of injury and liability in connection with their activities.
  • Advise and emphasize that officers lead in an ethical manner.
  • Recognize organization achievements.
  • Attend an advisor training session.