New Organization Approval and Onboarding Year Overview
Organizations registering for the first time must submit an intent to register application to the YCDO by the semester registration deadline. All intent to register applications will be reviewed by the Student Organization Review Committee (SORC), a sub-committee of the Committee on Undergraduate Organizations. More information on the Student Organization Review Committee can be found in the following section. At least one officer must attend New Organization Training to begin the onboarding process. Once approved, new organizations must update their organization’s online portal and spend two semesters onboarding. The onboarding year serves to help the new group’s student leaders establish a strong foundation for their organization’s success at Yale.
As a requirement of their onboarding year, new organizations confer with their Student Organizations Consultant (SOC) at least three times during their first two semesters. The SOCs help support groups as they meet a series of benchmarks set by the YCDO.
During their onboarding year, organizations continue to have access to most of the privileges of registration. Privileges granted to organizations only after the successful completion of their onboarding year include:
- Access to office space or storage space, subject to availability
- Ability to accept gifts from alumni and other donors for the current use of the undergraduate organization, when the solicitation for that donation was approved in the manner described in Section H of the Undergraduate Regulations
- Ability to track alumni in partnership with the Yale Alumni Association
- Full access to requesting funding from various campus funding sources, including the Undergraduate Organizations Funding Committee and special funding sources such as the Dean’s Discretionary Fund and Traphagen Alumni Speaker Series Fund
Note: Organizations seeking membership at Dwight Hall are excused from this process and will instead become provisional Dwight Hall member groups for two semesters. However, if a group begins the Dwight Hall new member process but is not approved as a Dwight Hall member group, the group will still need to complete two semesters of YCDO onboarding.
Student Organization Review Committee
At the beginning and end of an organization’s onboarding year, new organizations will be evaluated by the Student Organization Review Committee (SORC) . The SORC also includes a Student Organizations Consultant (SOC) subcommittee. The SORC meets in September, December, February, and April. During an organization’s first semester of existence, the Committee decides whether or not the group is eligible for registration with the YCDO. At the end of the onboarding year, the Committee decides whether 1) the organization may become a fully registered organization OR 2) the organization must complete one additional semester of onboarding OR 3) the organization must be reviewed by the larger SORC.
FIRST SEMESTER OF EXISTENCE
The SOC subcommittee meets to review intent to register applications. The SOC subcommittee evaluates intent to register applications based on:
- Whether or not the organization meets the minimum requirements for registration,
- the thoughtfulness of the proposed organizations’ mission,
- what specifically the proposed organization hopes to accomplish on campus,
- the proposed activities of the organization,
- and how the proposed organization is different from existing organizations.
The SOC subcommittee will decide whether 1) the organization meets the criteria for becoming a new organization and will be permitted to register their organization with the YCDO and begin the onboarding process OR 2) whether the organization must be reviewed by the larger SORC. The SOC subcommittee is comprised of SOCs and Undergraduate Funding Committee (UOFC) members.
The larger SORC meets the Friday following the registration deadline to evaluate intent to register applications referred by the SOC subcommittee. The SORC will decide whether or not the organization meets the criteria for registering as a new student organization. The SORC is comprised of:
- 2-3 Administrative Staff members, including members of the Committee on Undergraduate Organizations
- 2 students, including SOCs and UOFC members
END OF ONBOARDING YEAR
At the end of the organization’s onboarding year, the group must have completed all benchmarks with their SOC and submitted a completed constitution and registration form to their Yale Connect portal. The organization must also provide a summary of its goals and activities to the SORC, which will be completed in Yale Connect. Based on the feedback from the organization’s assigned SOC and information provided by the organization in their year summary, the SORC will decide whether 1) the organization may become a fully recognized organization OR 2) the organization must complete one additional semester of onboarding OR 3) whether the organization must be again reviewed by, and potentially invited in for a conversation with, the larger SORC.
The information provided in the organization’s year summary will include:
- the organization’s mission,
- its leadership structure,
- its positive impact on the Yale community,
- its stated goals throughout the year, progress in achieving those goals, and goals for the foreseeable future
- its event calendar during its onboarding year,
- and its plan for sustaining group membership and activity in the future.
If an Organization is granted Full Recognition they no longer need to meet consistently with their SOC and may function as all other recognized student organizations.
If an Organization is not granted Full Recognition they may continue onboarding for one additional semester. At the end of the third semester of its existence, they must be reviewed by the Committee again.
If an Organization is not granted Full Recognition after its second appearance before the Committee, the group will be deregistered for at least one academic year. Student groups are advised to take into account Committee feedback after their first review and be clear about any improvements or efforts you’ve made with the additional semester.
Group Responsibilities during Onboarding
- Submit all YCDO requested forms and surveys, such as the official application to register a group and any check-in surveys, financial reports, and membership/leadership rosters.
- Meet the benchmarks assigned by the YCDO throughout the year.
- Check in with their Student Organizations Consultant 3 times during the academic year to go over their progress on the YCDO Benchmarks. Organizations are encouraged to think about these sessions as working sessions and they will often involve creating, distributing or submitting information. Organizations should expect to have a meeting in:
- September or February
- November or March
- March/April or November
Benchmarks for New Student Organizations
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September/October or February
November/Early December or March
March/April or November
Additional potential topics of inquiry, depending on the organization:
- Why-To: Is this appropriate for you?
- Tax Responsibilities
- Transferring bank information
Contracts and Outside Vendors
Large Event Management: Conference Planning
- Reserving Spaces
- Fundraising inside and outside of Yale
- Logistics Management
- Check in with Conference and Events
Large Event Management: Performances
- Finding Performance Space
- Costumes and Storage
- Planning and running auditions
- Finding adequate rehearsal space
- CAP Award Guidelines
- Acquiring music
- Institutional memory for choreography, scripts, and performances
- Connecting to Undergraduate Productions
- Domestic vs. International
- Choosing a travel leader
- Travel Leader’s Responsibilities
- Insurance and Risk Management
Working with Minors
- Filling out paperwork