Organization Classifications vs. Club Categories

All Student Organizations are classified, or grouped, based several criteria:

  • Their function for the student body
  • Their relationship with a department or office and/or the Student Government Association
  • Their relationship with a university staff or faculty advisor
  • Their access to various university resources
  • Their level of risk posed from their activities to the university.

Each group that is classified as a Club is then assigned a category based on their mission statement.  These categories include: Academic, Cultural, Honors, Music/Performing Arts, Service/Social Justice, General Interest and Spiritual.

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Defining Organization Classifications

Clubs: Defined as 10 or more current students who have joined together for a common social, educational, social justice, religious or cultural purpose and are formally given recognition by the Student Government Association. Examples of a club would be Active Minds or Distance4Dreams.

University-Affiliated Organization (UAO): An organization of students whose function began as a club but they now have a special, elevated relationship with a University Department or Office and are formally given recognition by the Student Government Association. Examples of a UAO would be Alternative Breaks or Black Student Association.

Subordinate Bodies: A student organization that serves an official function on behalf of the student body by governing a select number of clubs or hall councils.  Subordinate Bodies are formally given their authority by the Student Government Association.  Examples of Subordinate Bodies would be Resident Student Association (RSA) or National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC).

Club Sports: Club Sports are competitive team groups that provide structured competition for student members who are non-intercollegiate athletes and compete against other clubs and sometimes varsity teams from universities throughout the Midwest.  Club Sports are granted their recognition through the Club Sports Council (subordinate body) and receive resources and support from the Recreational Sports Department. Examples of Club Sports would be Dance Team, Club Football or Women's Rugby.

Student Working Groups: Student organizations that are formed by an office or department to fill a specific need or function on behalf of that department or office, such as executing programs and activities or serving in an advisory board capacity.  Their recognition comes directly from an office or department and they are not affiliated with the SGA. Examples of Student Working Groups would be Students Taking Active Roles (STAR), Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) or Catholic Identity Team.

Limited Affiliation Group: (formerly Interest Groups) An informal group of current students who have joined together for a common purpose, often social or recreational, who register as a group with the Office of Student Involvement in order to reserve space on campus, advertise their activities following university policies and procedures, but do not receive any other resources granted to a student organization. Examples of a Limited Affiliation Group would be Brockman Nerf Group or Table Top Gaming Group.

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Defining Club Categories

Academic: Academic clubs often focus on students of a particular major or academic program and provide co-curricular learning opportunities that support engagement outside of the classroom among classmates. Examples of academic clubs include Physics Club and Accounting Society.

Cultural: Cultural clubs often celebrate cultural differences as well as similarities among students.  They may represent an underrepresented population, ethnic background or group of individuals identifying with a specific nationality. Examples of cultural clubs include Student Organization of Latinos, Irish American Society and Jewish Student Organization.

Honors: Honors clubs are often affiliated with a national honors society and recognize the scholary contributions from students and various members of the student body who qualify for membership into the organization.  Examples of honors clubs include Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society and D'Artagnan Chapter of Mortar Board.

Music/Performing Arts: Music/Performing Arts clubs offer students the opportunity to get involved and to express themselves creatively, often through performance or developing a production together.  Examples of music/performing arts clubs include Harmon-X and University Singers.

Service/Social Justice: Service/Social Justice clubs seek to offer students with opportunities to serve others, either through direct community service participation or philanthropic fundraising, or to support social justice causes by promoting a deeper understanding of an issue or igniting activism.  Examples of service/social justice clubs include Unified for UNIFAT, Students for Life, Colleges Against Cancer, and Habitat for Humanity.

General Interest: (formerly Special Interest) General Interest clubs give students with a shared interest the opportunity to engage with one another.  These clubs often draw students of various majors and areas of study together that share a common interest.  Examples of general interest clubs include College Democrats, College Republicans, Innovation Society, and Outdoor Club.

Spiritual: Spiritual clubs engage members of a shared faith tradition with one another as well as members of multiple faith communities to celebrate their beliefs and to deepen their spiritual lives.  Examples of spiritual clubs include Athletes in Action, Navigators, and Life After Sunday.

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