Handbook Introduction

This handbook has been compiled as a resource for conveying the policies and procedures that govern how club members may request assistance in accomplishing club goals. The University is dedicated to supporting student engagement that enhances learning in a safe and respectful environment while allowing for flexibility, diversity and creativity in the types of student events and activities that flourish in our campus community.

Building Community

Your campus experience will be enriched by your acceptance and celebration of diversity on this campus. It is the goal of the Clubs Office to provide a mutually respectful environment, free from discrimination and nonacceptance, where students, staff, and faculty can build and sustain an environment that is free from intimidation, harassment, disruption or violence aimed at limiting freedoms, or interfering with a student, faculty, or staff member’s performance.


The Clubs Office encourages student organizations to make a conscious effort to undertake recruitment efforts to ensure diversity with the group’s membership and to take steps to reach populations currently underrepresented. Recruitment materials and activities should be designed to promote and embrace diversity. All members will be required to register with the clubs office via OrgSync in order to access resources.

Membership Requirements

New Clubs

  1. Must have a minimum of 8 members interested with ID numbers on the “Intent to Organize” form
  2. Minimum of 5 members MUST register on OrgSync (https://orgsync.com/login/humboldt-state-university ) within 2 weeks of recognition by the Clubs Coordinating Council. Select "Settings" under your clubs OrgSync page, and click the green "Join Now" button. 

Recognized Clubs

  1. Minimum of 5 members MUST register on https://orgsync.com/login/humboldt-state-university page under “register for an organization” by the last week of September.

Membership Development/Anti-Discrimination Clause

Groups should carefully examine their screening criteria to ensure that it is inclusive of all students on campus. Abusive behavior toward, or hazing of a member of the campus community is forbidden.

No California State University Campus shall recognize any fraternity, sorority, living group, honor society, or other student organization that discriminates on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, color, age, gender, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or disability.

The prohibition on membership policies that discriminate on the basis of gender does not apply to social fraternities or sororities or other university living groups. Student organizations shall deliver to the vice president for student affairs or his/her designee a statement signed by the president or similar officer of the local student organization attesting that the organization has no rules or policies that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, color, age, gender, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or disability. This statement shall be renewed annually. This can/should be a part of the student organization constitution.

Categories of Student Organizations


Focus on academic development; promoting a specific major; and exploring career avenues that will assist students after graduation. 

Associated Students Programs

Student led organization or department that receives financial support and advocacy directly from the Associated Students. These groups have annual goals, planned events, and ongoing programs that provide HSU students with opportunities; support; and service. Some programs include: Eric Rofes Queer Resource Center, Campus Center for Appropriate Technology, Campus Recycling Program, MultiCultural Center, Women’s Resource Center, and Youth Educational Services.


Organizations that focus on personal development for students who identify with various ethnic, cultural, and/or multicultural groups. 


Organizations that focus on the issues that affect our planet. These groups promote environmental justice through education and awareness campaigns. Students come together to share their love of nature and to encourage others to explore the land around us.

Greek Fraternity/Sorority

Greek letter social organizations, including both general and culturally based organizations, create smaller communities within the larger University environment for the purposes of facilitating growth in the areas of scholarship, personal and leadership development, campus involvement and community service.

Honor Society

Organizations that affiliated with a major that recognizes academic accomplishments and/or leadership contributions, and/or co-curricular achievement among HSU students in those disciplines and promotes programs encouraging academic success.

Political /Activism

Organizations that supports student engagement in the area of politics and/or social activism. 

Professional Societies

Organizations that are connected to a certain professional field or career path..


Serve as a support for students of a particular religious persuasion or denomination.

Special interest

Organizations with a specific purpose who wish to develop student interest at HSU to support that theme but cannot be grouped under one of the existing categories. Some examples may include: Service and Support, Recreational Activities, and Leadership Development 

Sports Clubs (Competitive and Recreational) 

Student organizations that exists to promote and develop interest in a particular sport or physical activity. A club's focus may be recreational, instructional, competitive, or a combination of these types of activities based on its constitution. 

Student Media and Publication

Organizations that engage students in opportunities to interact with campus media outlets and publications.

Visual, Performing Arts, & Music

Organizations that provide opportunities for students to explore artistic endeavors.