For questions, please check the categorization breakdown page or email

Step 1. Draft group constitutionClick here for a sample constitution. All groups’ constitutions should include the following:

  • Name of the organization (REQUIRED)

  • Statement of purpose (REQUIRED): include nature of departmental, administrative, legal, religious, political, or financial affiliations without which the organization would not exist

  • Description of membership (REQUIRED): copy verbatim from the sample constitution (above) and add where applicable

  • Description of structure of leadership (where applicable): officers must be currently enrolled full-time undergraduate Brown students.

  • Election of Officers (where applicable)

  • Organizational financial responsibilities (REQUIRED): copy verbatim from the sample constitution (above)

  • Description of duties of official advisor (where applicable)

  • Amendment procedure (REQUIRED): refer to template constitution (above) for sample language and change based on student group needs

  • Member Dismissal (REQUIRED): refer to template constitution (above) for sample language and change based on student group needs

Step 2. Obtain at least 10 member signatures: Members must be currently enrolled full-time undergraduates Brown students

Please include each member’s full name, signature, class year, and email on the signature sheet

Step 3. Meet with 2-3 other student groups with the most similar mission or services provided. Please note the name and position within the group of the student you met, and you will be asked in the application to describe how your new group will differ from the existing groups. Search for relevant keywords in BearSync to find similar student groups.

Step 4. Complete the categorization application: attach constitution and member signatures when submitting completed app. You can access the new student group categorization application by going to BearSync, clicking on "Browse Organizations" and then "Register New Organization," or you can use this link after the application opens.

Note: The BearSync application does not save your work. We suggest that you draft your answers in a separate document before submitting them to BearSync. 

Step 5. Submit your application and meet with assigned UCS Student Activities Committee Representative: SA reps (below) are a resource to help you with the application process and answer any questions. Please make sure to submit your application and constitution before meeting with your SA rep

IMPORTANT: Applications are considered incomplete if the group leader does not meet with a SA rep! and

2019-2020 SA Representatives

IMPORTANT: Applicants must meet with their SA Rep before the application deadline date. Submitted applications will not be considered if the group does not meet with an SA Rep.

Alex Song
Student Activities Chair

Harshini Venkatachalam
Academic and Professional

Alex Song
Campus Resources and Recreational

Alex Song
Gender and Sexuality

Suyash Kothari
Political and Social Action

Mary Stack
Residential and Greek

Michael Chen
Arts and Performance

Caroline Cheng
Cultural and Ethnic

Alex Song
Media and Publications

Morgan Awner
Religious and Spirituality

Ricky Zhong


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Groups will be notified of their decisions after being reviewed and approved by the UCS Student Activities Committee, the UCS General Body, and the SAO. This process usually takes several weeks.  


Appeals should be submitted to within 7 days of the date when the original decision is sent out. It must include a written request and reasons for the appeal. The group will have a hearing with the UCS Student Activities Committee within 14 days after the appeal is received.