Recognized Student Organization Application

The University believes that student organizations contribute significantly and positively to the quality of the Truman experience through the provision of service opportunities, leadership skills development, social connections, and opportunities to pursue common interests. As a result, the University has designated that Union and Involvement Services (U&I) provide for opportunities to start new recognized student organizations. 

It is our aim that the chartering process:

  • Be an accessible process that recognizes individualized group need, unique ideas, and possible outcomes while maintaining equality with standardized completion requirements;
  • Guide and support students as they assemble behind a cause, interest, community, or identity;
  • Support student personal and professional development through process completion;
  • Built on values of open mindedness and ethical practice in alignment with Union and Involvement core values of collaboration, customer focus, integrity, inclusion; and
  • The procedure, its operation, and its intent is transparent to those who facilitate and participate in the process.
  • Applications in this process should meet RSO criteria as defined here.  
    • Following application review, applicants determined to be Departmental CoCurricular Opportunity or Faculty Lead Honor Society may be referred to the appropriate department/faculty for next steps. 

If there are questions about this process, please contact If you have concerns or questions you feel uncomfortable addressing with U&I staff, please contact the Office of Student Engagement at

The following questions will help Union & Involvement Services determine the categorization and type of the proposed organization. This application process pertains to RSOs. Applications determined to be Departmental CoCurricular Opportunities or Faculty Lead Honor Societies will be referred to the appropriate department/faculty for next steps. 

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