Recognized Student Organizations

About SGA Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs)

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Co-curricular student organizations are founded on the premise that not all learning on a college campus is confined to what takes place in the classroom. Student learning is complemented and enhanced by involvement in activities of the students’ choosing outside of the library and classroom walls.

TMCC supports student organizations because they encourage and foster academic and personal growth along with learning through active involvement, individual commitment, and personal enrichment.

Through participation in co-curricular opportunities, students are given a chance to combine the various parts of their academic/vocational training into personal action. "Real world" skills and abilities are tested when students work together to set goals, develop progress/action plans, set plans into motion, maintain viable working relationships, and evaluate the success of a program. Students learn how to manage new responsibilities, motivate themselves and others, apply leadership skills, and techniques.

Types of Student Organizations

Students who have similar interests should be encouraged to form and/or join student organizations in an effort to advance their common goals and interests.

Before a discussion regarding recognition procedures should take place, it is important to note the four primary focuses or reasons for the formation of student organizations. Oftentimes, organizations could easily be cross-categorized within two or more focus areas. These categories are not mutually exclusive, but are presented for clarification and recognition of the motives that are the main reasons for the group’s existence.

  • Academic: A student organization with the stated objective of providing an opportunity for individuals to discuss and share information related to a specific academic discipline, topic, or interest. These student organizations provide opportunities to get to know other students in one’s academic discipline as well as faculty members inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Cultural: Students in cultural organizations seek to raise awareness about various cultures and to establish a sense of community among members who share cultural heritage.
  • Faith-Based: Faith-based organizations provide the opportunity for students to share common faiths, find alignment among faiths, and to educate the college community about faith.
  • Political: Political organizations are groups of students dedicated toward educating the campus community about various elements of politics.
  • Service: Students involved in service organizations exist to serve other non-profit or charitable organizations by either providing direct hands-on assistance or by raising money.
  • Special Interest: A student organization with the purpose of providing a place for members to discuss issues relevant to them, express their interest in a given subject, serve as a support group for students on campus or as representatives of a group off-campus, or act toward the advancement of social interests that affect both the College and the community at large.