General Requirements and Responsibilities

University Registration Requirements
Student groups on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus must register annually with Student Involvement in order to use University facilities and services. The registration process has been developed to give the university community an accurate listing of active student groups on campus. Registration does not mean the university supports or adheres to the views held or the positions taken by registered student organizations. The organization and its officers are responsible for their debts. UWM is not liable for debts incurred by the student organization. Responsibility for any action which violates federal, state, local laws and ordinances or university policies must be assumed by the individual group’s officers and members. To be eligible for registration, student organizations must meet the following criteria:

  1. Operate as a not-for-profit organization, as demonstrated by evidence that the organization uses any income or profit for organizational purposes, not for any individual or commercial gain;
  2. Prepare and file with Student Involvement governing documents for the organization. The organization is required to comply with its governing documents at all times. If the organization wishes to be affiliated with a national or other related organization, a copy of their constitution and bylaws must also be submitted (websites for these documents are acceptable);
  3. Be related to student life on campus and does not duplicate the purpose or function of a currently registered student organization on campus, unless the need for duplication is substantiated and approved by Student Involvement;
  4. Agree to abide by policies set forth in the Student Organization Manual, Student Handbook, and UWM and UW-System Administrative policies and regulations;
  5. Agree to abide by local, state, and federal laws and ordinances and to avoid unlawful actions in connection with any of their activities;
  6. Identify at least four UWM student officers currently enrolled in a degree program, on a fee-paying (Segregated University Fee) basis for at least half-time. As used in this policy, “half-time” status means enrollment for a minimum of six credits as an undergraduate student, and enrollment for a minimum of four credits as a graduate student;
  7. Three-quarters (3/4) of membership must consist of students enrolled for a minimum of one hour of credit at
  8. Identify a faculty or staff advisor employed by UWM (Teaching, Research, or Graduate Assistants do not

Responsibility of Organizations
Students are subject to local, state, and federal laws and ordinances. The University expects that all student organizations will prevent unlawful actions in connection with their activities. Failure to do so could subject student organizations, the officers and members to disciplinary action. The organization acknowledges that its activities, including some of which may occur on the campus of UWM, are not eligible for liability protection under the State of Wisconsin Self-Funded Liability Program and need to obtain a special-event(s) liability policy at its own expense.

The freedom of action granted to registered organizations implies a responsibility for the development of the direction, scope, and character of the group in order to promote UWM’s educational mission. This freedom of action is limited by the stated purpose of the organization and the rules and regulations imposed by the University and society.

Free inquiry and expression are essential in a community of scholars. As members of such a community, students are encouraged to develop a capacity for critical judgment and an independent search for truth. Freedom to learn depends upon opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on the campus, and in the larger community.

Students have the right, accorded to all persons by the Constitution, to freedom of speech, peaceable assembly, petition, and association. Students and student organizations may examine and discuss all questions of interest to them, and express opinions publicly as well as privately. They may support causes by lawful means which do not disrupt the operations of the University or the organizations accorded the use of University facilities.

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