Frequently Asked Questions

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A: We are located on the second floor of the Student Center within the Student Activities suite. 

A: Five members are needed to start a club on campus, two of which need to be designated president and treasurer. The president and the treasurer MUST attend a chartering meeting. Along with having the minimum number of members, the club must also find an SSU staff or faculty member to be the club's advisor, create a constitution, and create their organization portal on OrgSync.

A: Chartering is the process you must go through in order to become an officially recognized student organization on campus. Chartering for new student organizations happens once in the fall and twice in the spring of each academic school year. 
Benefits of becoming a chartered student organization on campus include:

1. A mailbox in the CSLIS offic3

2. Your organization will be listed in the online club organization directory

3. Your organization will be approved to use a bank account with Associated Students (AS)

4. Reserve space on campus through Conference and Events Services for free.

5. Charge services, including:

    • Printing of flyers and other materials through Campus Prints
    • Banner reservations (Stevenson, Zinfandel)
    • Table reservations for marketing and recruitment (Student Center)
    • Box Office services for student events (tickets & wristbands)
    • Event staff and set-up for student events
    • Catering

A: If you missed the chartering meeting to start a new club, then yes, you must wait until the next semester. If you are an existing club and you missed the meeting to re-charter you must wait one semester to go through the re-chartering process. If your club is already chartered and you only need a new president or treasurer to go to a meeting, then come into the CSLIS office to schedule a meeting.

A: The new president and/or treasurer will need to come into the CSLIS office to find out the date for the next chartering meeting or to schedule an appointment to review the chartering presentation. At this meeting they will receive all forms that will need to be updated with new signatures. OrgSync will also need to be updated to reflect the changes.

A: Come into the CSLIS office to pick up the signature forms that will need to be updated. The organization page on OrgSync will also need to be updated.

A: OrgSync is CSLIS's way to manage our student organizations. Similar to Facebook, students create their own profile with their SSU gmail account. From there, students can join campus groups & organizations; access CSLIS, AS, and Campus Recreation forms; see what is happening in the campus community on the calendar; track community service hours at events; and numerous other things.

A: On the CSLIS website, there is a club directory link that has all of the clubs listed. When you select a club you can see their meeting times and the contact information for the officers of the club to contact them via e-mail.

A: Go to the club directory and select a club you are interested in possibly joining. Read about the club on their profile and get the officer's contact information from their website if you would like more information.

A: (Inter)National sororities and fraternities are part of larger associations that have an established headquarters (typically with paid staff), collegiate and alumni/ae chapters throughout the nation, and are affiliated with an umbrella governing body. Examples of governing bodies include:

  • the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) oversees 26 national sororities,

  • the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) oversees a large number of national fraternities,

  • the National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC) oversees many Latino/a based fraternity and sorority organizations, and

  • the National Panhellenic Council (NPHC) works with the Divine Nine, traditionally Black-Greek Letter organizations.

Each national group has a headquarters staff that provides guidance, documents, leadership opportunities, and programming in order to ensure the business aspects of their chapter are being accomplished. These (inter)national organizations also have larger alumni and alumnae populations throughout the entire nation and some the world.
Local sororities and fraternities are solely based at Sonoma State University. They are not affiliated with an umbrella governing body and are not overseen by any higher association. Their alumni/ae are locally based and typically have a smaller population of men and women.

A: Most sororities and fraternities hold recruitment each semester. Because of the diversity of our chapters and councils, it would be difficult to explain the intricacies of every process to join. If you are interested in learning more, be sure to check out our How to join page. This provides links to our three councils, their important dates, and more information about each of the respective processes.

A: There is a form in the CSLIS Office that needs to be filled out and turned in to be approved. The form reviews the policy and highlights where chalking can take place. Be sure to read all rules about chalking and remember you must supply your own washable chalk. Please note that there are restrictions on where you can chalk. Failure to comply will result in the student organization being charged for damages and cleaning of surfaces.