N2: Recognition of Student Organizations

Responsibility for Maintenance: Student Development

I. Policy Statement  

This policy sets forth conditions upon which Onondaga Community College (OCC) will recognize student organizations.


Official recognition of a student organization by the College entitles the organization to certain benefits, including eligibility for College student activity fund monies, association with the College, the right to enroll College students as members, and use of College facilities and other resources in conducting its mission. Recognition of an organization by the College implies neither approval nor disapproval of the purposes, objectives and policies of the organization.

Criteria for Recognition  

Student organizations will be recognized consistent with the principles of viewpoint neutrality and equal opportunity. Student organizations that wish to be recognized must comply with all applicable College criteria, policies and requirements, and must accept members and operate in a non-discriminatory manner. Recognized organizations that do not comply with these requirements may forfeit recognition (known as “deactivation”), or be subject to additional sanctions, in accordance with the Onondaga Community College Policy N5 Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures. Disciplinary action with respect to an organization does not preclude disciplinary action with respect to individual members of that organization.      

Recognition Policy Changes  

This policy does not create a contract between the College and any recognized student organization. The College reserves the right to change its criteria for recognition or any other aspect of this policy at any time.

II. Reason for Policy  

This policy is intended to allow students to form and join organizations and seek financial assistance and other benefits from the College, while simultaneously facilitating compliance with College policies and applicable law.

III. Applicability of the Policy  

All members of the College community should be familiar with this policy.

IV. Related Documents  

V. Contacts  

Subject Office Name Title or Position Telephone Number Email/URL
Applying for recognition as an organization Office of Student Orientation, Leadership and Engagement Director (315) 498-2762 s.l.edie@sunyocc.edu  

Approved by OCC Board of Trustees April 3, 2006