Why Start a Recognized Student Organization (RSO)?

    Types of Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs)

      How to Start a Recognized Student Organization (RSO) / Checklist

      • Seek out an OCC faculty or staff member to act as an advisor.
      • Create a set of bylaws that should address the purpose of the organization and how it will be governed.
      • Schedule bimonthly meetings for fall and winter semesters.
      • Submit the typewritten bylaws, the date and times of the bimonthly meetings, and an advisor/officer roster with contact information to the campus Associate Dean of Student Services.
      • Student organizations interested in fundraising must work with an advisor to establish an account at the College.

      Annual Requirements of Recognition

      • Recruit members/officers at Volunteer and Resource Fairs in both fall and winter semesters.
      • Student representatives must attend all Officer Leadership Trainings.
      • All officers must attend the annual Leadership Summit in May.
      • Each RSO must coordinate at least one open activity, or event, during fall and winter semesters.
      • A typewritten end of the year report must be completed and submitted to the campus Associate Dean of Student Services by the second Friday in May, and this report must include the following: 1) a brief summary of the current year's events/activities, 2) an updated officer roster with officer contact information 3) revised bylaws 4) next year's meeting schedule and 5) a fall forecast of potential events/activities.
      • Failure to meet all of the above requirements may result in temporary suspension of OCC's formal recognition of a student organization.

      All Student Organizations Must Be Formally Recognized

      • All student organizations need to be formally registered at the campus Student LIFE office and have completed the above Checklist for approval and recognition.

      Advantages of Recognition

      • Recognition does not imply College endorsement of the organizations’ beliefs, but provides the opportunity to enjoy the privileges of recognition, including advertising and the use of campus facilities.
      • Ask the campus Associate Dean of Student Services about other types of support available through the Student LIFE office.

      Our Mission

      • The Student LIFE Offices are committed to providing a collaborative environment that enhances academic success beyond the classroom, promotes creative expression, develops leaders and encourages civic engagement for a global society. 

      CONTACT INFORMATION

      Nicole Willis
      Associate Dean of Student Services
      Auburn Hills Campus
      248.232.4464

      Heidi Renton
      Student Engagement Coordinator - North Region (AH, HL)
      Auburn Hills Campus
      248.232.4473

      Andrew Muniz
      Associate Dean of Student Services (RO/SF)
      Royal Oak/Southfield Campus Sites
      248.246.2560

      Robert Spann
      Dean of Student Services (OR)
      Orchard Ridge Campus
      248.522.3512

       

      Marikay Clancy
      Associate Dean of Student Services
      Orchard Ridge Campus
      248.522.3699

      Brenda Lowery
      Student Engagement Coordinator - South Region (OR, RO/SF)
      Orchard Ridge Campus
      248.522.3595

      Stacey Crews
      Dean of Student Services (RO/SF)
      Royal Oak/Southfield Campus Sites
      248.246.2612

      Jahquan Hawkins
      Dean of Student Services (AH)
      Auburn Hills Campus
      248.232.4405