Resources for Student Organizations

New! Student Organization Handbook

How do I update?


How often do I update?

Once annually, and/or after officer changes.

What if I don’t update?

The club will be deactivated and lose affiliation/recognition and resources.

How do I start a new club / reactivate an inactive club?


How do I apply for final recognition?

Has your club held the status of UMSG preliminary recognition for at least 7 academic weeks? Congratulations! You can apply for final rec.

What are Affiliation and Recognition?

Affiliated Student Organization: A student organization with at least 5 undergraduate members can be affiliated with Student Life. This type of organization has access to privileges such as utilizing campus facilities, and Center for Student Involvement services, such as: assistance with advertising, event planning and equipment needs and participation in student organization fairs and programming. 

Recognized Student Organization: A student organization with at least 10 undergraduate student members can apply for recognition. A recognized student organization is also affiliated with the University of Maine Student Government, and has the ability to apply for funding and utilize all UMSG resources. 

Do I have to submit updates for both?

Your club will need to continually update club members and officers on Campus Groups for affiliation with Student Life. As well as filling out UMSG’s update form yearly.

How does the Recognition process work?

The President of the organization will be contacted by the VPSO to schedule a meeting with the Student Organizations Committee (SOC; Wednesdays at 1pm). If the presentation passes SOC, your club will present to the General Student Senate the following Tuesday at 6pm in the Bangor room to achieve either preliminary or final recognition.

Preliminary vs. Final Recognition:

A club will be in a state of preliminary recognition (not eligible for funding) for 7 weeks, after which they may apply for final recognition and be eligible for funding.

Who can be an advisor?

A member of UMaine’s faculty/staff.

Who can be in a club?

Anyone! Community members, staff members, and graduate students can participate. A club must still have the required number of undergraduate students to stay active; the president and treasurer must always be undergraduates.

Student Organizations are a vital part of the University of Maine campus. The University of Maine Student Government (UMSG) provides assistance and resources to all recognized organizations, and encourages the active participation and involvement of undergraduate students.

If you have any questions, please contact the Vice President of Student Organizations (VPSO), or stop by Room 155 in the back of the Wade Center.