If you are just getting started trying to establish a student organization on campus it is too soon to contact USG. For assistance in the early stages of organizing visit the Student Leadership & Engagement Office in Union 400.
USG recognizes and funds qualified student organizations at Buffalo State. The process takes time and only groups that have established themselves on campus and have a record of public events and activites over a couple of semesters are considered for recognition. Only recognized organizations can apply for funding.
The sitting USG Rules and Regulations Chair is the person you will contact directly to apply for recognition. The Rules Chair will advise you on what you will need for your application and guide you through the process. The Rules Committee will be the initial judges of your eligibility with the USG Senate eventually making the final decision. The sooner you contact the Rules Chair and open a dialogue the more smoothly your application is likely to go. The Rules Chair keeps office hours in Campbell Student Union 418 and can be contacted at 878-6701, ext 20 or firstname.lastname@example.org
USG has prepared a document with information on Becoming a USG Recognized Organization that can be viewed or downloaded as a PDF here.
There is a Constitution Template USG would like all organizations applying for recognition to use in creating their constitution and by-laws. Using this template (included in the PDF above) will ensure that your constitution includes all of the elements that USG will require in order to approve the document and grant your group recognition. If you would like a Word.doc version of the template you can request it from the Rules and Regulations Chair.
If you think you are ready to apply for recognition by USG you will find the online Student Organization Recognition Application Form on the United Students Government page of the Bengal Connect website. Look in the FORMS section of the USG page. Here is a quick link to that page: USG on Bengal Connect. (If you don't see the application form on the Bengal Connect page either you are not properly signed in or applications are not currently being accepted.)
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