Texas State recognizes the right of any group of students, faculty or staff to form a voluntary organization for purposes not forbidden by the laws of the United States or the State of Texas. Student organizations at Texas State must be registered with the Office of Campus Activities and Student Organizations and approved through university administrative channels.
No organization may be registered or hold any meetings on university property until the organization has secured a university faculty or staff member as an advisor. The authority of such an organization to operate on campus shall cease upon the removal or resignation of the advisor, or upon the violation by the organization or any of its members of the rules and regulations of the university or the laws of the State of Texas.
It shall be the duty and responsibility of the advisor of each student organization to make members aware of university policy at meetings and activities. Policies include, but are not limited to non-university speakers, solicitation and student organization discipline (SA/PPS 05.04, UPPS No. 07.04.03).
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer, intsex and allies (LGBTQIA) indiviudals have historically felt invisible or unsafe on college and university campuses, or found the climate uninviting or hostile. These conditions often foil attempts to foster student development and growth, to recruit faculty and staff and to retain the diversity of the campus community. "We are all Allies of Texas State" is a personal pledge made campus wide to create a supportive and welcoming environment for LGBTQIA Bobcats. AdvoCats offers a student only, four hour training that is facilitated by a team of peer educators and offered several times through the academic year. Any person who attends the training has the opportunity to sign a contract, become an official Ally of Texas State, and joins a campus wide network of Allies.
While the trainings do not prepare participants to counsel LGBTQI individuals, it does provide participants with information and resources that will help eliminate myths, misconceptions and sterotypes often associated with LGBTQIA persons. In doing so, and with your support, we make Texas State a more inclusive and affirming campus for the LGBTQIA community by promoting awareness and understanding about sexual and gender identities, homophobia, and heterosexism.
Those who sign the contract will receive an Ally of Texas State placard and/or pin. These two items symbolize understanding, support and trust. Placards also signify a "safe place," where LGBTQIA indivduals can speak in confidence and receive help, advice and support. Allies training is offered for four hours of continuing education credit.
Register for training the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion website at http://www.sdi.txstate.edu/Support-and-Empowerment/LGBTQIA-and-Allies.html.
The Texas State Alumni Association exists to connect and support both current students and alumni. The Student Alumni Chapter helps create these connections and build Texas State pride and traditions through activities like Trade Up Days and the Gold Book. The Alumni Association believes connections start the day students apply to be a Bobcat, and they make students lifelong members of the alumni family. This student group gives current Bobcats the opportunity to network with alumni, staff, faculty and other students. The Student Alumni Chapter helps build a bridge between being a successful student and becoming a successful graduate.
The Texas State Alumni Association is the link between current and former Bobcats. The association provides scholarship and university support annually, and is proud to sponsor the Student Alumni Chapter.
The Student Alumni Chapter supports the university and the San Marcos community through events on campus, growing traditions that will last a lifetime.
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Student Government is the voice of Texas State students. It is a governing and advocacy body that answers to the student body at large. Student Government has worked for years to address the problems and concerns of its fellow students. Student Government members work closely with faculty, administrators, city leaders and state officials to advance the collective cause of Texas State students. Student Government is “Students Serving Students.” Meeting times are Mondays at 7 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theatre.
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Any student interested in a particular student organization should contact CASO. A student organization directory is available, upon request, in the CASO office or at http://www.lbjsc.txstate.edu/soc/.
CASO provides education, programming, support and administration for the activities of the Greek Governing Councils (IFC, MGC, NPHC and Panhellenic) and each of their member organizations. It serves as a liaison to Texas State and San Marcos in affairs affecting those in the Greek community.
CASO also supervises the activities of the Order of Omega (Greek Honor Organization), Standards of Excellence (SOE), Rho Lambda (Panhellenic Honor Society), Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA) and the Four Square Tournament, in partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society for college students designed to encourage and reward academic excellence.
All students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher at the end of a full semester of their freshman year are eligible to join. Notification of this honor is sent to students early during the spring semester. Phi Eta Sigma offers a lifetime membership that continues its efforts beyond the freshman year.
The Texas State Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma is a recognized student organization on campus. Membership offers opportunities for scholarships, social opportunities and community service, as well as an excellent chance to become involved at Texas State.
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Non-Traditional Students Organization (NTSO) addresses the needs of students age 24 or older, or those who are married, single parents, veteran/military, commuters/transfer students, or anyone who could be considered a non-traditional college student. The organization provides a support network, learning atmosphere, and social activities, as well as the opportunity to integrate into campus life. NTSO sponsors events throughout the year, participates in campus-wide events including tailgating, Bobcat Build and Homecoming, and holds a recognition banquet for graduating seniors at the end of each semester. Proceeds from food sales go toward a $500 scholarship awarded to an active member each long semester. Annual membership dues of $10 help defray the cost of programs and services.
The Residence Hall Association (RHA) provides a voice for residence hall students and is the umbrella organization for all the individual hall councils. Each residence hall has such a council that organizes and coordinates programs to improve the social, cultural, recreational and intellectual atmosphere. The residence hall councils and the RHA address issues that surface regarding living conditions in the halls.
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Student Foundation is a Texas State chartered student organization under the auspices of the Dean of Students Office. Student Foundation’s core purpose is to support the development and sustainability of student leaders and promote Texas State’s positive image through involvement in presidential, alumni and community events, as well as special programming. Major events hosted by Student Foundation include Foundations of Excellence, Veterans Day Ceremony and the Bobcat Pause Memorial Service. Foundation members are selected each semester, and the selection criteria emphasizes leadership, ethics, service, inclusivity, campus and community activities, and commitment to Texas State.
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The Underrepresented Student Advisory Council (USAC) is a programming and leadership development council composed of various recognized Texas State student organizations. The council welcomes and supports organizations whose membership includes persons from groups that have been, and continue to be, underrepresented in higher education. The mission of member organizations is to emphasize the promotion of diversity and equal opportunity initiatives in support of a global society and social justice.
University Ambassadors is a chartered volunteer organization designed to showcase strong leadership. Members act as hosts for Texas State University and assist the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in the recruitment of a talented and diverse student population. They also volunteer around the city of San Marcos.
Ambassadors are hosts to thousands of high school students, families and visitors during events such as Bobcat Days, Scholars Days and many other special events held on campus.
Membership is restricted to students who successfully complete a competitive selection process. Ambassadors build strong leadership skills by assisting with events and activities throughout the year. Anyone interested in becoming an ambassador should contact the organization for an application and for information on deadlines and interviews.