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Student Organizations

University Recognition


Student organizations wishing to operate in the name of Stanford, use Stanford space or receive funds from the university, ASSU or from off-campus sources must be recognized by the university through Office of Student Engagement, annually. Fraternities and Sororities are recognized by Residential Education's Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Key expectations for student organizations include:

  • The purpose of any recognized student organization must be consistent with the goals and standards of the University.
  • The mission and goals of Stanford student orgs must be clearly student-focused and cannot be confused with activities of Stanford University and its academic or administrative departments.
  • All organization decisions must reflect university goals and demonstrated student needs.
  • All organization members and leaders must be currently registered Stanford students enrolled in a degree-granting program (post-doctoral scholars are ineligible). 
  • Org must be founded on a democratic organizational structure and broadly open to all students.
  • Membership must meet the university’s nondiscrimination policy.
  • Student org activities must be targeted primarily to students and generally cannot be held during breaks or intersession.