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Board of Regents Policy 7.203 Board of Regents Policy 7.203



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Registered Independent Organization (RIO)

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Regents Policy Chapter 7, Student Affairs
Regents Policy RP 7.203, Registered Independent Organization (RIO)
Effective Date:  Nov. 15, 2007
Prior Dates Amended:  Oct. 31, 2014 (recodified)
Review Date:  August 2018

I. Purpose

To set forth policy regarding registered independent organizations.

II. Definitions

“RIO” means a student organization, association or club that has been formed to meet special interests of certain groups of students on campus.

III. Board of Regents Policy

    A. General Provisions

        1. The university’s educational environment for students and the campus community may be enhanced by an RIO which provides educational, social, cultural, recreational, governance, religious or communication activities.

        2. A RIO refers to a student organization, association or club that has been formed to meet special interests of certain groups of students on campus. The constitution or charter of the RIO must be adopted or ratified by members of the RIO but is not subject to the approval of the university. The RIO is not directly supported financially through mandatory student activity fees. However, they may request financial assistance from a CSO’s funding assistance program developed by the CSO.

        3. A RIO must register with the campus in which it will exist. Each campus shall develop policies applicable to the RIO. Such policies shall be subject to the approval of the chancellor. The chancellor may further delegate his/her authority to approve the RIO policy to the appropriate senior student affairs officer of the campus.

    B. Relationship of an RIO to the University

        1. An RIO, like a CSO, is not an agency of the university. RIO, unlike the CSO, is not involved in the governance process and does not represent or serve the entire student body on their campus.

        2. The university assumes no responsibility for the activities of an RIO. An RIO must fully inform its members and the public of its relationship to the university by including the following disclaimer in its publications and communication with third parties: “Although the registered organization has members who are university students, the registered organization is independent of the university and does not represent the views of the university. The registered organization is responsible for its own contracts, acts, or omissions.”

        3. An RIO’s leaders shall assume full responsibility for the organization’s activities and conduct of its members. As benefits for university registration, staff resource liaisons may be provided by its campus to answer further questions regarding the relationships of the RIO to the university campus and to offer educational assistance services that support the effective functioning of the RIO.

IV. Delegation of Authority

Each campus shall develop policies applicable to the RIO, subject to the approval of the chancellor. The chancellor may further delegate his/her authority to approve the RIO policy to the appropriate senior student affairs officer of the campus. See RP 7.203(A)(3).

V. Contact Information

Office of the Board of Regents, 956-8213, bor@hawaii.edu

VI. References


VII. Exhibits and Appendices

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Approved

    approved as to Form:    
    Cynthia Quinn    
    October 31, 2014    
    Date    
    Executive Administrator and Secretary of the Board of Regents

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