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New Recognition

Student Government encourages the creation of new student organizations to fulfill a need or special interest on campus that is not adequately addressed by an existing organization on the Pittsburgh campus. The Committee on Student Organizations (CoSO), comprised by representatives from the Undergradaute Student Senate, Graduate Student Assembly, and student organizations, is chaired by the Student Body Vice President of Student Organizations (SBVPO) and will review all applications.

New organization recognition applications are accepted on a rolling basis and may be submitted at any time through March 5th, 2023 (to ensure the process is completed by the end of the academic year). All organizations recognized by December 2022 will be eligible to participate in the 2023 Winter Activities Fair and apply for JFC funding for the 2022-2023 academic school year. 

On TartanConnect, the New Recognition process is called New Student Organizations Registration. Please find the step-by-step process here

In order to submit a new recognition application, you should:

  1. Determine if any existing student organization on campus exists that might address the same mission or goals as your proposed new organization. Student Government's organization directory, TartanConnect, can assist you in this search.
  2. New organizations must have at least 3 officers and 8 additional members or 2 officers, one advisor, and 8 additional members.
  3. All Student Government Recognized Student Organizations must abide by the CMU Statement of Assurance and be inclusive to all graduate and undergraduate students.
  4. Schedule a meeting with the SBVPO to discuss your organization and learn more about the recognition process. 
  5. Fill out the New Recognition Application 2022-2023, which will ask you a few questions about your membership, mission and goals, and anticipated activities. To find the New Recognition Application on TartanConnect, it will be under the "Groups" tab then "All Groups" section. Click on the "Registering New Organizations" button. Please find the step-by-step process here
  6. Upon submission, you will be contacted by the New Recognition Chair or SBVPO to set-up a meeting for you to present in front of CoSO.
  7. The New Recognition Chair or a CoSO representative will work with your organization to develop a set of by-laws or constitution that will set-up the framework and structure of your organization. There is a checklist to walk you through how to develop this framework and structure. A stranger should be able to pick up your document and understand who your organization is, what's its purpose, what the responsibilities of your officers are, etc.
Once your application is submitted, the new recognition process is designed to give you a final decision on the recognition status of your group within one month. If you have any questions regarding the process, please feel free to contact Lucia Fang, the Student Body Vice President for Organizations at

Appeals Process

If your organization is not granted the status of student government recognition, you may appeal the decision of CoSO. In order to appeal:

  • You must submit a written notice of your appeal to CoSO ( within one week of receipt of the notification of CoSO's decision.
  • CoSO will schedule an appeal hearing within two weeks of the receipt of the request for appeal.
  • At the end of the appeal hearing, CoSO will vote on whether to reverse the original recognition decision made.
  • If your organization is still not satisfied with the decision, you can appeal to Student Senate or the Graduate Student Assembly