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All Stanford student organizations must follow federal, state and local laws as well as University and ASSU policies. All activities must take into consideration the university's non-profit status and educational mission. Student organization expenses should always be reasonable and appropriate for a voluntary student organization stewarding ASSU and university funds.
- Partisan political activities. Federal tax code prohibits tax exempt organizations from providing financial support for a candidate running for office, including rallies and related activities held on campus.
- Events fronted by off-campus organizations.
- Student salaries. Salaries designed to compensate a leader of a student organization.
- Personal expenses including cell phone, car registrations, traffic tickets and fines.
- Activities beyond the scope of the student organization as approved by the university.
- International travel programs. This includes both travel overseas or guests traveling from outside the U.S.
- Large, capital equipment without ASSU and/or university permission and pre-identified storage.
- Vehicles including cars and golf carts. These require long term financial plans, insurance, designated parking spots and prior university and ASSU approval.
- Alcohol. Alcohol use and reimbursement must follow the university's alcohol policy. Reimbursements for parties must include prior party approval from OAPE.
- Programs with minors. Permitted only when part of the student organization's mission and with prior university approval.
- Programs with overnight guests, with prior university approval only.
- Activities during break and inter-session.
- Payments for services. Students may receive payments (honoraria) for the performance of a specific task of a short duration (for example, DJ or photographer) provided that: 1) the service is documented in advance with an invoice and scope of services, 2) the service could be filled by a student or non-student and 3) is not filled by a leader of the sponsoring organization.