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Tier System Overview

Tier System Overview

Tier System Overview

Acknowledging the variety of purposes, and the different levels of risks and financial responsibilities that student organizations may possess, the Department of Student Activities developed a three-tier categorization system to facilitate the development of specific training to support the needs of your organization. Your student organization will probably fall into the Tier I or II categories.

Tier I Organizations @UConn

  • An association of students with a similar interest(s)
  • Simple organizational structure
  • Low-risk activities
  • Need space only for meetings (does not host events)
  • Do not rely on the University (including USG/GSS) for funding
  • Properly register with the Department of Student Activities – complete the Tier-I Registration Form including a President and Second Primary Contact
  • The President must complete SOLID training. For information regarding SOLID workshop requirements please visit the SOLID WORKSHOP SERIES

Tier II Organizations @UConn

  • An association of students with a similar interest(s)
  • Greater detail in the organizational structure
  • Low to high risk activities
  • May need meeting space and event space
  • Could rely on the University (including USG/GSS) for funding, event space and event planning support/advisement.
  • Properly register with the Department of Student Activities – complete the Tier-II Registration Form including President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Advisor (ADV)
  • Submit a current copy of the organization’s constitution – updated every 2 years
  • All four officers must complete in-person and online training.  For information regarding SOLID workshop requirements please visit the SOLID WORKSHOP SERIES

Tier III Organizations @UConn

Tier III Organizations (Trustee Accounts and Fee Funded Groups) are recognized by the University and financially supported by student fees. They possess the following characteristics

  • Organizations that are financially supported by student fees
  • High visibility on campus
  • High accountability to all students
  • Moderate to high risk activities
  • Regular interaction with University staff
  • Reliance on the University for funding, financial support, facilities and event planning support

The Department of Student Activities will designate organizations for this tier based on their funding structure. Organizations currently included in this tier include: Daily Campus, Graduate Student Senate, Nutmeg Yearbook, Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), Residence Hall Association (RHA), Student Union Board of Governors (SUBOG), UCTV, Undergraduate Student Government (USG}, WHUS.

Tier III Requirements

  • Properly register with the Department of Student Activities (complete the Tier-III Information Form)
  • Submit/have on file a current copy of the organization’s constitution
  • Identify/be assigned an organization advisor
  • Must maintain content neutrality (except for fee funded groups that have a negative check off on the fee bill)
  • Must adhere to Connecticut’s Open Meeting law
  • Must take minutes at all meetings
  • Submit minutes of all meetings (board, general membership, committee, etc.) to Department of Student Activities within two weeks of each meeting
  • Participate in the annual survey of the student body coordinated by the Department of Student Activities
  • Comply with requirements of annual student fee review process
  • Comply with Student Trustee Financial Guidelines
  • Attend leadership training meetings and events as planned by the Department of Student Activities