Student Organization Officer FAQs

What is the process for my new organization to become a Bauer student organization?

All new student organizations must first be registered with the UH Center for Student Involvement for two consecutive semesters. Once an organization has successfully been established for a year, the organization will be required to make a presentation about the organization to a panel of Bauer staff members. This presentation should be designed to address why your organization is a necessary addition to the Bauer College student organization roster. Following this presentation, the organization will present at a meeting of Bauer College’s President’s Council, which will vote to allow or deny the organization’s request to become a Bauer student organization. Once approved by the President’s Council, the organization will be considered a Bauer student organization at the beginning of the next semester.

What are the requirements for being a Bauer student organization?

All Bauer student organizations are required to maintain a membership base of at least 60% declared business majors. In addition, all Bauer student organizations are required to participate in a mandatory orientation session at the beginning of each semester as well as monthly President’s Council meetings.

How can I promote my organization’s events?

Bauer College’s Office of Communications has created templates for student organizations to display information about upcoming events on the TV monitors located throughout each of the three buildings. You can find these templates at bauer.uh.edu/videowall and submit them for review to Amanda Sebesta at agsebseta@bauer.uh.edu.

Flyers can be posted throughout Melcher Hall, Cemo Hall, and the Insperity Classroom and Business Building (CBB) using the metal sliders placed near classroom doors and other high traffic areas in the buildings. There are also two public bulletin boards at either end of the first floor of Melcher Hall that can be used for these flyers. However, posting signs is prohibited in the following areas:

Rush Week is the primary recruiting event hosted during the second week of each semester. This event is exclusively for recognized Bauer student organizations that have successfully completed the registration process with Bauer College and the UH Center for Student Involvement. Undergraduate organization tables will be located in the back drum area of Melcher Hall. Each organization is responsible for providing its own decorations, promotional materials, equipment, etc.

How do I request Bauer College space for my organization's meetings?

Student organizations are encouraged to read and follow the instructions for reserving a space at Bauer before requesting a reservation.

How can I get financial support from UH and Bauer College?

The Activities Funding Board (AFB) at the University of Houston is an agency of the Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC). Under the provisions of SFAC, AFB is a student run financial organization that allocates a portion of student service fees to “activities” funding for registered student organizations.

AFB allocates funds only to registered student organizations (not individuals).

Funding is for:

Learn more about this funding source by visiting https://uh.edu/afb/.

Is my organization automatically considered a non-profit organization after becoming a Bauer student organization?

No. In order to open a bank account, every organization must fill out IRS Form SS-4 in order to be assigned a tax ID number. This does NOT make the organization tax exempt. In order to gain 501(c)(3) status as a tax exempt organization, an organization must submit IRS Form 1023. In addition, this status requires that an organization submit Form 990 annually to the IRS. Under no circumstance should a student organization attempt to use the tax exempt information of Bauer College or the College of Business Foundation.