Providing opportunities for students to connect with, create, and lead student organizations.
Where can I find RSO updates during this COVID-19 response?
Can I still get help from CLACS?
All office staff are working and available to help.
You can contact us at the following places: [email protected] or 231.591.2685
Are there new RSO operating rules due to COVID?
Additional guidelines due to COVID are outlined in the Student Re-engagement Guide or the RSO Event Re-Engagement Chart. The RSO Handbook is updated for the 20-21 year and has all other guidelines for RSO operations.
In person gatherings are limited to 10 people, but outdoor gatherings are limited to 100
Are there any events this semester?
Yes. Go to Bulldog Connect and click on Events. Many events will be held virtually, but there will be some in-person opportunities as well. You will now see any events being held in the next 30 days. You can click on dates and change parameters to see events being held further out than the next 30 days.
If you plan to host any virtual events you would like others to know about, remember to select the Virtual TAG when you register the event.
My RSO has things in CLACS Storage, are we able to pick it up?
Contact the CLACS office to setup an appointment to gain access to storage.
How can I get my RSO mail from the CLACS Office?
Once classes begin, you can stop in at the CLACS front desk and someone will get the RSO mail for you. Students are not permitted beyond the front desk to retrieve mail themselves.
Can we reserve our meeting space for the Fall?
Yes, starting on August 17th. RSO’s will be able to reserve space in the University Center through EMS in MyFSU. RSO Guide for University Center reservations
Can our members still log volunteer service hours?
Absolutely. Remember to have your members to log any service hours in Bulldog Connect through the Apply for an Opportunity form. Initiative 125 service award will still be recognized the end of April. All students who have submitted 125 or more service hours into Bulldog Connect will earn this medallion and certificate award.
Can we request funding from Finance Division for travel and events in the Fall?
RSO’s will still be able to request funding this semester for Fall and Spring allocations. RSO Treasurers will get an email of this process when details are complete. The new process will also be sent out in Bulldog News and posted in Bulldog Connect Announcements.
Are there still service opportunities?
Yes. CLACS Virtual Volunteer Opportunity Listing. New opportunities will be added here.
An RSO is a group of at least five students and one Ferris State employee advisor that share a common interest. An RSO has completed an application and presentation, been approved by a campus committee, and are now recognized by the University to operate on campus and receive special privileges and access to resources.
There are more than 220+ RSO's on campus; with more being created every month. There are groups that are faith based, academic, club sports, Greek, special interest, and more.
- Learn more about yourself
- Meet new people
- Ease the transition from high school to college
- Involved students are more likely to graduate
- Expand your resume by developing soft skills
- Learn how to work with a team
- Networking opportunities
- Apply your classroom experiences to a real-world environment
- Learn how to engage with diverse groups of people
- Gain leadership skills
- Give back to the community
- Have fun
Check out Bulldog Connect to find a complete listing of all our student organizations. Each RSO has unique membership procedures, contact the RSO directly for more information.
If you do not see an organization that matches your interest, contact the CLACS office to learn about starting a new RSO.
The RSO recognition program is an annual opportunity for Ferris State registered student organizations to showcase their story of how they have developed over the year and impacted the campus and community.
RSOs provide evidence and a brief explanation for the following areas:
- Campus Engagement
- Events and Activities
- Member Development
- Community Engagement and Service
Being recognized for your organization's development has many benefits.
- Gain more members
- Receive invite only opportunities
- Sharing the story that organizations do a lot for the students and community
- Recognizable as an RSO who goes above and beyond
- Enticing monetary awards for the RSO
This year’s winners: