Recognized Student Organization (RSO) Categories

Something for Everyone

Recognized Student Organizations are asked to self-select one category to classify their organization. These broad categories help Student Involvement staff communicate with student groups and focus information that would be of specific significance to each organization. In addition, it assists potential new members when they are searching to get involved with a particular interest group. The categories are:

Academic and Honorary

Organizations that have a focus on a subject that may be instructed in a particular college or have a desire for professional preparation. This also includes groups that seek to recognize students who excel in academics, leadership, and / or service.

Club Sports

Organizations that are a competitive club sports team and competes with non-SJSU sports clubs in a league environment. Clubs Sports Teams must follow all policies of the Club Sports Program.

Cultural and Religious

Organizations that provide support for students to learn and educate others on a specific culture or underrepresented group. This also includes groups that educate and support spiritual and / or religious practices, philosophies, and beliefs.


Organizations whose membership is limited to a single gender and granted exception to Title IX requirements for the purpose of cultivating and supporting an environment of brotherhood or sisterhood. In addition, membership in one organization in this category is mutually exclusive to membership in any of the others (i.e., an individual may only belong to one of the organizations in this category). Fraternities/Sororities must follow all policies of the Fraternity and Sorority (FASL) Team.

Special Interest

Organizations that gather members together around a special interest or hobby. Such topic areas include the Arts, Politics, Community Service, Governance, and other Recreational/Leisure activities. Note: Groups whose main purpose is to back a singular candidate may be granted recognition status with the University. However, those groups may not have access to the following state resources: land, facilities, equipment, supplies, telephones, computers, vehicles, employee time and funds. (As stated by the California State University System, Office of General Counsel, Handbook of Election Issues. Revised October 2007).