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Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2020

For Advisers: Student Organization Re-Recognition 2020-2021

The 2020–2021 re-recognition process for returning student organizations is officially underway. To ensure the educational integrity of co-curricular activities on campus, the college has established registration procedures for student organizations. Student Leadership and Engagement oversees the recognition process. Student organizations include clubs, organizations, fraternities, sororities, social fellowships, and honorary societies. 

For the upcoming academic year, all Buffalo State student organizations are now REQUIRED to register on Bengal Connect. This includes having an active, updated Bengal Connect page listing the organization’s executive board, roster, and constitution. All student organizations must complete this process in order to be considered an affiliated entity of Buffalo State College.

Re-Recognition Process for Returning Student Organizations
Student organizations already recognized at Buffalo State must apply for re-recognition annually. It is the responsibility of the student organization to complete this process. Failure to comply with the re-recognition process may result in a revocation of the student organization’s recognition status.

The deadline to apply for re-recognition is Friday, September 18. Re-recognition will take place via Bengal Connect, and all student organizations are required to have an updated and active Bengal Connect page.

Step-by-step instructions to complete re-recognition on Bengal Connect can be found on Student Leadership and Engagement website.

Student organizations that have already completed re-recognition must still update their student organization Bengal Connect page.

Process for Re-Recognition:

  1. Complete the student organization re-recognition process via Bengal Connect.
  2. Provide an updated active membership roster of at least seven Buffalo State students, including the newly elected executive board (president, vice president, treasurer, secretary) for the 2020–2021 academic year. All executive board members must be registered as full-time (12 credits), matriculated Buffalo State students.
  3. Submit the student organization’s most recent constitution and bylaws via Bengal Connect.
  4. Submit an updated Adviser Agreement Form. Student organization advisers must be full-time Buffalo State faculty or staff members.

Please note: Upon completion of the re-recognition process, all student organization executive boards are required to complete the “BSC Consent Convos” training sponsored by the Dean of Students Office. Please e-mail Nina Pierino, sexual violence prevention coordinator, to make arrangements.

Mandatory Annual Meeting in Fall 2020

All student organizations will be required to attend a mandatory annual meeting with Student Leadership and Engagement to be trained on Buffalo State policies and procedures.

The following two sessions will be available for students to select from. Both sessions will be virtual. Please choose one.

  • Thursday, September 10: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 11: 3:30–4:00 p.m.

Student organization representatives should RSVP to attend a session, and a meeting link will be sent to them via e-mail.

At least one representative from each student organization is required to attend this meeting. Student organization representatives can indicate which date their organization will attend on the re-recognition form. Failure to do so may result in the following:

  • All current space reservations will be placed on hold.
  • Organizations will be unable to reserve future space in the Campbell Student Union, Butler Library, academic buildings, recreation fields, the Houston Gym, or the Sports Arena.

Benefits of Student Organization Recognition

  • Acknowledgment by the college that the student organization is an affiliated entity.
  • Use of the college’s name to indicate location of the organization.
  • Use of the college’s logo and identity marks. Please refer to the college’s rules and regulations on trademarks and licensing.
  • Space reservation on campus: Registered clubs and organizations are eligible to reserve space in the Campbell Student Union, Butler Library, academic buildings, recreation fields, the Houston Gym, and the Sports Arena.
  • Advance scheduling of major events: Registered student organizations can schedule all major events one semester in advance.
  • Ability to be funded through the Student Activity Fee.

More information related to student organizations at Buffalo State can be found on the Student Leadership and Engagement website.

Buffalo State recognizes that student clubs and organizations are an important part of the college experience. Student Leadership and Engagement has a team of people available to answer any questions and assist organizations in this process.

Submitted by: Luke C. Haumesser
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