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Top 10 Tips for Student Organizations

  1. Beyond what is required of recognition, have all members familiarize themselves with the Student Organization Orientation Training (SOOT) presentation.
  2. Promote events across campus using InfoNet, University Events Calendar, and DragonLink.
  3. Know the benefits and the responsibilities of being a recognized Drexel University student organization.
  4. Chestnut Street Caterers and Coke are the exclusive caterer and beverage service of Drexel University.  Pizza, pretzels, and water ice from approved outside vendors are permitted, however, groups must have an approved Catering Exception (Office of Retail Management) and contract processed (OCA) for approval to use off-campus food vendors.
  5. The all-inclusive Policy & Procedure Manual can serve as an important guide to managing your student organization.  Some common policies relate to bake sales, BBQ’s, sidewalk chalking, and showing movies in a public setting.
  6. Update and stay connected to your DragonLink group page.  Student organizations that do not maintain an active page lose potential new members and miss out on important messages from the Office of Campus Activities.
  7. Visit our office in the Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) where you can make copies, reserve resources (like the popcorn machine, game show buzzers, karaoke machine), retrieve mail and packages, and connect with the OCA team.
  8. Groups that receive SAFAC funding should know all SAFAC guidelines.
  9. Students should never, ever sign contracts.  All relationships with vendors, performers, and speakers requiring payment, necessitate a contract.  Even for guest speakers who come to campus and are not being paid, we will send an e-mail confirmation to the individual.
  10. In order to reserve space, use funding, and participate in events like Activities Unlimited, student organizations must be recognized annually. The recognition period runs July to November.  Failure to meet the requirements and deadlines will result in your organization not being a recognized Drexel University student organization.

Bonus Tip: Develop a solid relationship, based on mutual expectations, with your student organization faculty/staff advisor.  Advisors are wonderful resources and should not be merely “on paper”, but active, engaged, and involved.  Foster the relationship and reap the rewards!