Start or Recognize an Organization

Becoming a recognized student organization ensures these organizations have access to a variety of benefits and resources (to learn more, visit Student Organization Resources).

Starting a New Organization

Students can start a new organization at any time during the academic year. Starting a new organization requires 3 simple things:

  1. Create an organization name and write a formal constitution.
  2. Recruit 5 members
  3. Secure an Advisor (Must be a faculty or staff member of campus)

If you have any questions or need clarification about starting an organization, please email rso-office@mnsu.edu with “New Organization” in the subject line, and a member of the Student Activities team will get back to you.

If you have secured the 3 things needed to start your organization, you are then ready to submit for recognition.

How to Submit for Recognition:

  1. Submit a request for recognition in Engage. The request for recognition includes the following:
    • Create Organization Profile
    • Upload Roster (requires at least 5 current MSU, Mankato Students)
    • Upload Constitution
    • Complete the RSO Handbook Quiz
      Current version of the RSO Handbook
  2. President or Vice President attend an Inauguration Event:

Re-Recognizing an Organization

Once an organization has initially been established, Minnesota State University, Mankato has an annual recognition renewal process for student organizations.

The fall recognition period is the signature recognition time. Fall Recognition for the 2019-2020 year will start April 15th, 2019 and end at 11:59 p.m. September 30th, 2019.

The spring recognition period is for those organizations who missed the fall process. Spring Recognition for the 2019-2020 year will begin January 13th, 2020 and end at 11:59 p.m. January 31st, 2020.

How to Re-Recognize an Organiation

In order to renew an organization's recognition status, organizations must complete the following steps during the recognition period:

  1. Submit a request for recognition in Engage. The request for recognition includes the following:
    • Update Organization Profile
    • Update Roster (requires at least 5 current MSU, Mankato Students)
    • Update Constitution
    • Complete the RSO Handbook Quiz
      Current version of the RSO Handbook
  2. President or Vice President attend an Inauguration Event: