Student Recognized Organizations

What is an SRO?

A Student Recognized Organization is any club or organization associated with DSU that has been approved by the Senate and is eligible to receive funding from GAF through the club funding committee.

What are the benefits to being an SRO?

Being an SRO allows you to receive funding from GAF and assistance from student senate.

Can I still be a club and not an SRO?

Yes, but you will be unable to receive GAF funding and assistance from student senate.

Why is Senate doing this?

In previous years, Student Senate had no formal process for approving clubs and providing transparency of what the clubs were accomplishing on campus. With this Student Senate will get to know clubs better, their impact on DSU students, and provide clear guidelines on what is required to receive Club Funding money.

How does this change the money I get from Club Funding?

It does not; becoming an SRO allows you the ability to ask for money from Club Funding.

What are the Requirements of being an SRO?

  • Be open to all students.
  • Have an executive board comprised of students and elected by the active members.
  • Have at least ten (10) active student members.
  • Active members shall be defined in each SRO’s constitution.
  • Present to the Senate once a year at a regular Senate session before of that school year.
  • Have an up to date constitution that is on file with the Senate.
  • Submit a yearly financial report to the SRO Audit Committee.
  • Follow Dakota State University Policy.
  • Report a list of active members to the SRO Audit Committee by February.
  • Work with the SRO Audit Committee and Public Relations Chair to keep information about the SRO updated on the DSU and Senate website.

How do you become an SRO?

If you are applying for funding for the first time, you must go through this process and complete all of the items in the order stated below prior to February 1st. You can NOT move forward to the next step until each step is fully completed.

  1. Send your information for the DSU website to
    1. Club Name
    2. Description of your club and what you do (2-4 sentences)
    3. Meeting Time and Place
    4. Advisor’s Name and Email
    5. (Optional) Website or other Point of Contact
  2. Submit your SRO Application to (
  3. Have your SRO Application approved (We will review it and approve within 24 hours.)
  4. Submit your New SRO Constitution (You will receive a template constitution when your application is approved. We will try to get back to you as soon as possible.)
  5. Have your New SRO Constitution approved by SRO Funding Committee (We will email you that your Constitution has been approved.)
  6. Have your New SRO Constitution approved by YOUR club (Your club must approve the Constitution with a ⅔ vote of the active members.)
  7. Email that your club has approved your Constitution
  8. Get approved by Student Senate (SRO Audit Committee will email you letting you know the date of your approval. You can present at the same meeting Senate will approve your SRO status.)
  9. Present About Your Club at a Student Senate Meeting (Wednesday @ 8pm - Regents Room - If you do not present at the same meeting as your approval, please email to let us know what meeting you wish to present at -- you MUST present before February 1st.)
  10. Submit a list of this year’s active members to (Create this list per the Active Member definition in your SRO Constitution.)
  11. Submit a financial report to (You will receive more direction on what to submit once you become an SRO)

How to Maintain Your SRO Status

The following must be completed prior to February 1st, for every year you wish to maintain your SRO status.

  1. Present About Your Club at a Student Senate Meeting
  2. Submit a list of this year’s active members to
  3. Submit a financial report to

What about Institutional Organizations?

All Institutional Organizations are exempt from the SRO process.

The current list of Institutional Organizations:

  • Art Gallery
  • Cheerleaders
  • Choral
  • Drama
  • DSU Live
  • Instrumental
  • Intramurals
  • KDSU
  • SAB
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Student Senate
  • Trojan Times
  • Tutors