Policies and Risk Management
Registered Student Organizations are required to follow all IUPUI policies. More information can be found below on relevant student organization policy and other policy commonly referenced by student organizations.
Definition of a Registered Student Organization (RSO)
A student has the right to form, join, and participate in groups or organizations that promote the common interests of students. Student organizations are groups whose regular membership is comprised of students enrolled at IUPUI, as well as faculty, staff, or individuals from the community. However, only students can serve as officers or have a controlling interest in the organization.
Student organizations are considered affiliated with, but not official units of IUPUI. As a condition for establishment of the affiliation relationship, the named student organization agrees to abide by all University regulations. Organizations establish their affiliation with the campus through the Office of Student Involvement and must renew that affiliation each year.
The Use of IUPUI in Student Organization Names
If your organization has "Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis" or "IUPUI" in its title, it must follow the main portion of the name. For instance: An acceptable name would be: Chess Club at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (or IUPUI). An unacceptable title would be: Indiana University Purdue-University Indianapolis Chess Club or IUPUI Chess Club.
IUPUI Registered Student Organization Non-Discrimination Policy
Registered Student Organizations must abide by the Non-Discrimination Policy and are encouraged to include the Statement of Non-Discrimination in their constitution.
Statement of Non-Discrimination: Participation in the proposed organization and prerogatives of membership must be without regard to arbitrary consideration of such characteristics as age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Greek-Letter Social Fraternities and Sororities
Fraternities and sororities which otherwise meet University requirements in this category may waive the gender discrimination aspect of the above IUPUI Statement of Non-Discrimination.
Hazing by members of IUPUI student organizations is strictly forbidden. Hazing activities are defined as "any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off university premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule." Such activities may include but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol; paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips, or any other such activities; wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts or buffoonery, morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and any other activities which are not consistent with academic achievement, the regulations and policies of IUPUI/Indiana University, or applicable state law.
RSO Code of Conduct
Registered Student Organizations are expected to maintain appropriate standards of conduct and will be responsible for abiding by federal, state, and local laws, as well as all University policies as specified in the Student Code of Conduct at www.iupui.edu/code. To read the RSO Code of Conduct, consult the student organization manual or download the document.
- What is Risk Management?
- Event Planning
- Liability of Student Organizations
- Medical/Health Insurance
- Targeted Audience
- University Food Policy
- Alcohol On/Off Campus
As a student organization leader, OSI hopes that you care about the well-being and safety of your members and event participants. The OSI staff encourages you to visit rso.iupui.edu for more resources on risk management, ask any questions you may have, and attend our SOLD workshops to learn about effective ways to practice risk management.
If you would like to meet with an OSI staff member for event planning and risk management assistance or consultation, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by Campus Center 370.