Re-Categorization Process and Application
Category I -> Category II or Category II -> Category III
The Fall 2017 Student Group Re-Categorization application will be open from September 27 to October 29
IMPORTANT: Groups must wait one full semester of being in effect before moving to the next category. For example, if a group applied for categorization as a category I group in Fall 2016 semester, the group’s CAT I status takes effect in the following Spring 2017 semester. Therefore, the group is eligible to apply for re-categorization of CAT II status in Fall 2017 semester. Please make sure your group has fulfilled the eligible time requirement.
Step 1. Log-in to BearSync and navigate to your organization's portal (click "My Memberships" and select your group's page). Note: The re-categorization form is different from the new student group form.
Step 2. Click on the "Forms" tab in the horizontal menu bar.
Step 3. Collect member signatures. Please include members’ full name, class year, and email on the signature sheet
- You’ll need at least 10 signatures for Category S
- You’ll need at least 15 signatures for Category II and III groups
Step 4. Complete the Re-Categorization application: attach constitution and member signatures. Do not submit your application until after meeting with your Student Activities representative.
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. Email constitution and membership roster to your organization type's corresponding SA representative (below).
Step 6. Meet with assigned UCS Student Activities Committee Representative: SA reps are a resource to help you with the application process and answer any questions. Once you have met with your representative, you should submit the application.
Applications are considered incomplete if the group leader does not meet with a SA rep!
*Important Note. In Spring 2016, The Campus of Consent Bill was passed unanimously by UCS and endorsed by over 100 student groups. Starting Spring 2018, the bill will aim to help tackle rape culture and sexual assault at Brown by requiring all category III student groups to have a liaison annually trained by the Sexual Assault Peer Education Program (SAPE).
2017-2018 SA Representatives
IMPORTANT: SA Reps must be contacted at least a week before the application deadline to set up a meeting. Applications are considered incomplete if the group leader does not meet with a SA rep!
Student Activities Chair
Campus Resources and Recreational
Gender and Sexuality
Political and Social Action
Residential and Greek
Arts and Performance
Religious and Spirituality
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Groups will be notified their decisions after being reviewed and approved by both the UCS Student Activities Committee and UCS General Body.
Appeals should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.