Officer & Membership Policies

Officers

  • Each registered student organization must have at least two officers, a President and a Treasurer. The Treasurer may not serve in another officer role, as they are the only person who may pick up funds on behalf of the student organization from the Yale College Business Office.
  • Only currently registered students in good standing in Yale College can hold office or act officially on behalf of an organization in any way. This means registered undergraduate organizations may not have graduate or professional students hold an officer position. 
  • Officers should be aware that they are financially and legally responsible for the organization during their terms of service, and can be held responsible by Yale for infractions committed by their organizations.
  • A student on probation may not hold leadership or officer positions in any registered student organization. 

Members

  • All registered students, faculty, and staff of Yale University can be active members of an undergraduate organization, as long as Yale College students constitute a majority of the membership.
  • Withdrawn students, alumni, and students on a leave of absence or a Year or Term Abroad may not participate in the activities of any undergraduate organization. Exceptions must be approved by the Office of Student Affairs.
  • If special talents or skills are required to join an organization, the standards the group uses to select its members must be related to the needs of the organization. Moreover, the organization must make public announcements about auditions or competitions to ensure that interested students are informed.