Why Start a Recognized Student Organization (RSO)?

  • Starting a student organization allows every student the opportunity to explore his/her interests with likeminded people.
  • Students build their resumes while networking and gaining valuable leadership experience that requires teamwork.

Types of Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs)

  • RSOs can be focused on a variety of student interests, including academic, social, political, and recreational.

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. 


Nicole Willis
Associate Dean of Student Services
Auburn Hills Campus

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

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

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


Marikay Clancy
Associate Dean of Student Services
Orchard Ridge Campus

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

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

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