Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you don’t see your question below, please reach out to a BSO representative!

What is BSO?

BSO stands for the Board of Student Organizations and is the distinguished governing group for all student organizations on campus and is a standing committee on USG.

What is the difference between BSO and SAIL?

 BSO helps organizations get money, handles the Allocation Process, presents to Undergraduate Student Government to get all funding for student organizations, manages the tier structure requirements, and has their own set of specific rules (t-shirts, 50% travel, food, etc.).

Student Activities, Involvement, and Leadership (SAIL) office helps organizations spend money, manages requirements given by the state and institution on how money can be spent, enforces point system on clubs and their ability to spend their money, and has their own set of specific rules (mileage, rentals, etc.).

How do I get involved in a student organization?

Browse through the list of registered organizations on Engage and click “Join” when you find one you like!

What if there isn't an organization that interests me?

While we have over 166 registered clubs and organizations on campus, sometimes no one has thought of what you’re looking for! In that case it is very easy to start your own organization and create exactly what you’d like.

How do I start a new organization?

Follow these easy instructions and you’ll be on your way! If you have any additional questions about starting a new organization either contact a member of BSO Exec or Travis Smith.

How do I find an advisor?

Finding an advisor is just as simple as asking a staff or faculty member to advise your club! If it is a new professional society, your department secretary would be a good first option to approach and see who they would recommend. For social clubs, you could ask your favorite staff or faculty member as long as they have an email address.

How can I get treasurer trained?

Please first check your club tier. Tier 1 or 2: You are able to review the treasure training PowerPoint and then take the test stated within the PowerPoint. Tier 3 or 4: You must get an in-person training (face-to-face or via Zoom). This must be done by the current BSO Treasurer – currently Kameron Bell (see his office hours here). Training will be held via Zoom (access the meeting here) unless an in-person meeting is specifically requested.

If you were treasurer trained last year, there is a grace period where you are still able to make purchase requests and spend club funds. The grace period ends September 30th – after this date you must be trained again.

What are the benefits for being a recognized student organization?

There are numerous benefits of being a recognized organization on campus which include, but are not limited to:

  • Yearly funding from USG
  • Appropriate use of the CSM logo
  • Use of an Engage portal
  • Ability to set up a WordPress website for free
  • Information in Calendar/What’s Happening emails
  • Access to student activities arts/publicity supplies
  • Eligible for Tier Organization of the Year
What are the requirements to be a Tier __ organization?

Each tier has different requirements as well as different benefits. To be eligible for a higher tier, more stringent requirements have to be met. All of this information is found on the Tier Structure page.

How do I get a website for my student organization?

– have an Engage page

 – be a part of the SAIL Student Leaders Canvas page


How can I get storage for my organization?

Storage for student organizations is currently run by the Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership (SAIL) office. Should you want to apply for a storage locker, contact the Clubs and Organizations Coordinator, Haley Hannaman, at to inquire about availability!