CSI recognizes the importance of co-curricular education in the development of young adults and strives to provide a wide range of experiences and activities.
With over 500 registered student organizations at the University of Houston, there is a student organization for everyone.
The Center for Student Involvement is also committed to the success of all the registered student organizations. On this page, you will find plenty of resources to help your organization including information about registering your organization, policies and procedures, free resources, and much more!
Want to register an organization? It's easy!
To register an organization you need three ENROLLED students to serve as top officers, a faculty/staff advisor, a constitution & bylaws, and to complete the registration process.
Click your organization type below to learn more about the registration process for your organization!
Choose this option if you are registering a new organization.
Choose this option if you are registering an existing organization.
Choose this option if you are registering an organization that is recognized by the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life.
Organization Registration Timeline 2021-2022
|April 1||Registration Opens!|
|June 15||Memorandum sent to the Primary Officer (if registration is complete)|
|February 28||Registration Closes|
|Complete Registration By:|
|June 10||To be eligible to participate in Cougar Carnival.|
|August 20||To be eligible to participate in Cats Back.|
|September 10||To prevent your organization's CARS reservations from being dropped.|
|September 30||To prevent your organization's account from being locked.|
All registered student organizations in good standing have the privilege of holding events on campus. Depending on the kind of event, you may need to complete Event Registration.
Event Planning for Student Organizations
The Center for Student Involvement wants to help you and your student organization plan successful meetings and events this Fall by keeping you informed of UH’s current guidelines and safety measures. As we receive guidelines related to campus meetings and events, we will keep you updated.
Update! Is your student organization meeting in person? Are you planning to have in-person events again? Please review this information about COVID-19, Vaccinations, and Student Organizations. For most up-to-date information please visit the UH COVID-19 Response Page.
Will I be required to get a COVID-19 vaccination?
According to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order, any organization receiving state funds cannot require a COVID-19 vaccination. However, the University strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to get a COVID-19 vaccination, which is readily available at multiple sites throughout the region.
Will I not be able to participate in student organization activities or suffer any consequences if I do not get a COVID-19 vaccination?
You will not be banned from participating in student organization activities from not being vaccinated. However, to protect yourself and those around you, we strongly encourage you to consider being vaccinated.
Can a student organization officer ask if I have been vaccinated? Can they ask if I have had COVID-19?
Student officers should not ask whether any student has received the vaccine or contracted COVID-19. However, if you test positive for COVID-19, it is your responsibility to report your diagnosis via the COVID-19 Report Forms.
Can I as a student officer ask if my members have been vaccinated? Can vaccination be a requirement for membership or participating in activities?
Student organizations and officers should not ask whether any student has received the vaccine or contracted COVID-19. This cannot be a requirement for membership or a requirement to participate in activities. However, if your members test positive for COVID-19, please share information and resources with them from the university's UH Responds to COVID-19 page.
Can I as a student officer ask or require my members to wear masks? Do we have to wear masks to participate in event or organization activities?
As of May 18, 2021, the University of Houston continues to encourage the wearing of face coverings, especially for individuals who are not fully vaccinated, but following Governor Abbott’s Executive Order and effective immediately, face coverings will no longer be required on campus. Student organizations and officers should not require anyone to wear face coverings. However, you can highly encourage face coverings for your events. For more information about this update, visit UH Responds to COVID-19.
The Center for Student Involvement encourages all Registered Student Organizations to register their virtual meeting and events in Get Involved. This is in an effort to ensure UH students can discover meetings, events and activities that are open to them.
The Center for Student Involvement can help you set up:
- Virtual member and executive board meetings (can be managed via Microsoft Teams )
- Officer elections via Get Involved
- Events in a virtual environment
We are also available via online meetings or phone calls for support and assistance with your student organization.
As you consider hosting virtual meetings and events, please be sure to take the following steps:
- Place meeting and events in Get Involved for approval as you normally would do for on-campus events
- Under Event Details, when asked “Show To,” please select the most appropriate for your organization
- If this is a meeting or an event that is open UH students, then select “students and staff at University of Houston.”
- If this is a closed meeting or event that is only open to the organization, then select “organization members.”
- Public and Invited Users are other options you could choose if appropriate
- When selecting, “Who can attend this event,” mark the box that says “open to UH community” as many students are looking for ways to engage with other students during this time
- Add the virtual location (the Zoom link or other link) to this event – this is a new feature that Get Involved offers
We encourage you to continue to meet during your normal day/time for meetings by using an online video conferencing system such as Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams (AKA Teams) is a workspace for real-time collaboration and communication, meetings, file and app sharing, and more. Students, faculty, and staff can create virtual meetings that can be joined by anyone in the world with a simple link.
- There is a screen-sharing feature that would allow a PowerPoint or documents to be displayed and discussed as well as a recording option if content would like to be recorded in advance and distributed to organization members.
- Teams may be helpful for: full organization meetings, executive board meetings, committee meetings, interviews, one on one conversations, and more.
Microsoft Teams Resources:
Your organization's Get Involved page has the capability to facilitate many things online that organizations may have initially scheduled for in-person meetings during the next few weeks into the remainder of the semester. The organization tools available for your organizations may be very helpful for this. Log on to the CSI On Demand page and get all the information on:
- Creating a Virtual Election
- Office Change Requests
- Event Registrations
- Get Involved Overview of all Features
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Organization Resources & Development
These workshops will provide foundational education for student organization leaders to effectively manage and lead their organizations.
A one-day comprehensive strength-based learning experience for student leaders of Registered Student Organizations.
Cougar Connection sessions will provide student leaders with opportunities to build lasting networks across the UH Community.
Resources to help your student organization set up organizational finances and locate funding resources.
Registered Student Organization Officer Change Request
All current primary advisors are added to a listserv for correspondence. To be added to the listserv, please email Ja’Nelle King.
You can find a wide range of digital resources here that coincide with each of the four areas of our department.
Registered Student Organization marketing guidelines provided by the University.
A two-day leadership institute to help your organization create a more inclusive space.
Student organizations are required to maintain a mailbox at the University so that mail, important notices from the Center for Student Involvement, and information can be distributed to the student organizations easily. Student organizations have the option of choosing the location of their mailboxes.
Another privilege that student organizations can take advantage of is the opportunity to get an e-mail account through the University of Houston.
Held once a year in April, the Campus Leaders Ceremony is an opportunity for the Center for Student Involvement to recognize top student leaders, individuals, organizations, and programs. The Center for Student Involvement highly encourages individuals and organizations to submit nominations prior to the Reception so that our student leaders and top organizations can get recognized for their achievements.