The University recognizes the importance of developing creative, critical, and responsible student leaders who shall eventually assume the mantle of leadership in their chosen fields of endeavor. For this purpose, she encourages the formation of student groups that pursue clearly-established common objectives and the initiation of student-directed endeavors along social, cultural, religious, literary, educational, or recreational lines. Students may join religious organizations, professional organizations, socio-civic organizations, or special interest organizations.
A. General Policies. All recognized groups in the University are subject to the policies of the SAC, the Student Constitution, and the rules and regulations established by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
B. Application for Recognition. Any group of at least fifteen (15) bonafide students may apply in formal writing for recognition to the Dean of Students to form a student organization within the first thirty (30) days after the start of classes in the first semester. Together with the application letter, the following supporting documents must also be presented to the Dean of Students: (1) Three (3) copies of the proposed student organization’s Constitution and By-Laws which contain the mission and objectives of the organization; (2) Name of the faculty adviser(s) with a letter of acceptance; (3) List of interim officers with their names, courses, year levels, addresses, telephone numbers, birthdays, and specimen signatures; (4) List of members with their names, courses, year levels, and specimen signatures; and (5) Proposed activities for the entire schoolyear, including tentative dates of implementation and brief description of each activity.
The Dean of Students, after deliberating upon the application in consultation with authorities concerned, shall then act on the application of such student organization within three (3) days after the last day for filing of such application.
C. Constitution and By-Laws. Each student organization shall have a constitution and by-laws which shall be approved by the Dean of Students. No student organization shall be allowed to function without prior approval herein required.
D. Certificate of Recognition. A corresponding Certificate of Recognition shall be issued by the OSA to each student organization upon full compliance with requirements herein prescribed. Such certificate shall be effective for one (1) schoolyear only and shall have to be renewed each succeeding schoolyear that the organization is in existence.
- Any student organization whose Certificate of Recognition is not renewed or fails in the evaluation of the SAC and the CSC shall be considered automatically defunct.
- Any student organization which has been granted institutional recognition and which violates its own statement of purpose or Constitution and By- Laws, or fails to comply with the University, OSA, or CSC policies, is liable to revocation of its Certificate of Recognition
E. Membership. A student may be a member of at most two (2) recognized University-wide organizations in one (1) schoolyear (one is automatically a member of the College-wide organization specifically for students in a particular course). All members and officers of student organizations must be bonafide fulltime students taking an academic load of at least twelve (12) units (except graduating students). They should have no academic probation or disciplinary case.
F. Officership. A student leader may not hold two (2) major positions in two (2) organizations (e.g. president and vice president are major positions). But he may hold one (1) major post in one (1) organization and have a minor post (E.g. secretary, treasurer, business manager, auditor, or public relations officer) in another. This aims to prevent him from being overburdened, to spread leadership opportunities, and to give a chance to others to handle leadership posts. Officers of student organizations must serve the full two (2) semesters of their term and must maintain an average grade of 2.50 or better. They must also be of good moral character and not be the subject of disciplinary action.
G. Duty to File Reports. Each student organization is required to render a written report of its activities within ten (10) days before the end of the schoolyear to the SAC and the CSC. The reports shall contain the following information: objectives, activities, schedule, persons responsible, output, and impact. This should be accompanied by a financial report, plans for the following schoolyear, and list of officers and members. The report must be certified by the faculty adviser. Failure to submit the report to the SAC and the CSC within the period designated may be sufficient cause for the revocation of the student organization’s Certificate of Recognition.
H. Non-Recognition of Fraternities and Sororities. As a policy, TUA does not approve of or recognize fraternities and sororities and their initiation rites. This especially holds true for hazing of any kind or the involvement of university students in such illegal practice. Any student or person working for the University found to be involved in such activities shall be dropped from the roll or asked to leave the University. Membership in any fraternity or sorority is considered a major offense.
I. Classification of Student Organizations
According to membership
University Wide − membership is open to all colleges
College Wide - membership is exclusive to a single college or department
For purposes of supervision, university−wide organizations are under the Office of Student Affairs while college−wide organizations are under their respective deans.
According to categories
- Academic – organized within the degree granting academic departments or fields of discipline.
- Religious - engaged in campus ministry.
- Women’s Group – advocacy groups for women issues and women empowerment.
- Sports and Recreation – engaged in sports, physical fitness programs, and other activities.
- Theater and Performing Arts – primarily concerned in the artistic expression of students through the theater and performing arts
- Cause-Oriented – advocacy groups espousing human rights, socio-political issues and related concerns.
- Alliance – confederation of at least two recognized organization sharing the same interests and ideals.
- Special Interest- organizations whose classification and activities, ideals, and objectives are different from those mentioned above.