Student Organization Recognition Process


Re-Recognition Deadlines for Spring 2019! 

Process opening soon!

There are two important due dates for current Recognized Student Organizations to complete materials to be Recognized for the 2019-2020 school year.

May 1st: Organization's Re-Recognition application for 2019-2020 due

Your organization's current leadership will receive an email with a URL link to complete this application. Please email if you do not receive this.

May 31st: President and Treasurer completion of Canvas Course due

Within 1 week of submitting your application, the President and Treasurer will be loaded into an online Canvas course. Students are expected to complete the course with 100% on all quizzes and prompts. 

Check back often for updates to this process!


Infographic for 2019 Student Organization Re-Recognition Process


Renewing Recognition for Existing Student Organizations

Recognition by San José State University lasts for one academic year, from July 1 to June 30 through the following year.

Every student organization that wishes to continue to operate from year to year must renew their recognition application with Student Involvement each year during the Fall recognition cycle.


Procedure for Re-Recognizing Student Organizations


Step 1. Maintain Required Membership

Student organizations must have a minimum of 8 currently enrolled and matriculated SJSU students, two of which must be a President and Treasurer.

The President and Treasurer must:

  • Have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Be currently enrolled in at least 6 credits (3 credits for graduate students).
  • Not have completed over 150 units or 125% of the units needed for their major.
  • Be in good standing with SJSU.
  • Check and be listed as a member in SJSU|SAMMY.
  • Check SJSU email.

Step 2. Select an Advisor

Student organizations must have an SJSU faculty/staff member serve as an advisor.

The Advisor must:

  • Work for SJSU.
  • Cannot be an employee of an SJSU auxiliary department (e.g.: Associated Students, Spartan Shops, Student Union).
  • Advisors must be verified by Student Involvement.
  • Provide continuity from year to year.
  • Provide SJSU ID for verification.
  • Check SJSU email.


Step 3. Complete Application for Recognition on the SJSU SAMMY App

 When the re-recognition process begins, please follow these important steps:

  • Step 1 - Student Organization Completes online application
    • A unique application URL will be sent to leaders of your organization. DO NOT use the URL link of another organization.
    • Your application will require the following information:
      • Purpose of club
      • Name, Student ID number, and SJSU Email of the President and Treasurer
      • SJSU Email of at least 6 other members of your organization
      • The name, Employee ID number, and SJSU Email of your Advisor
      • The Constitution for your organization
  • Step 2 - Student Involvement Reviews Application (Please allow up to 2 weeks for processing)
    • If all correct, move to Step 3
    • If something is wrong, Step 1 may need to be completed again with updated information.
  • Step 3 - President & Treasurer Complete Training
    • After Student Involvement has confirmed your application is accurate, the President & Treasurer will be loaded into a Canvas course. Both officers will need to complete the course in its entirety to be a recognized organization.
    • Club officers must get 100% on all quizzes in the Canvas course in order to pass.
  • Step 4 - Becoming Re-Recognized (Please allow 2 weeks for processing)
    • An invite to SJSU|SAMMY for administrative access will be received.
    • Re-recognition may take up to 2 weeks while it is confirmed you have completed the required Canvas training.

Here is a video of what the process will look like online:


After the Recognition Deadline:

The recognition process takes approximately six weeks from when you complete and submit the required materials until you receive an official recognition letter. During this period, your timely response to any requests for information or changes to your constitution will speed up the process.

Groups that miss any of the steps will not have their recognition granted.

 Additional Leaders:

Complete the following form to add additional executive board leaders to your roster. Presidents & Treasurers must not be on any university probation and must meet unit requirements. All other officers must not be on any university probation.

Additional Steps for Club Sports and Fraternities & Sororities:

An organization that is a competitive club sports team and competes with non-SJSU sports clubs in a league environment must be affiliated with the SJSU Club Sports Program. For more information, visit the Club Sports.

Organizations seeking affiliation with any fraternity and sorority council (IFC, PHC, NPHC, USFC) must complete the Fraternity and Sorority Expansion Process. For more information about becoming a recognized fraternity or sorority, please contact the relevant Student Involvement staff member.