By creating three student organization statuses, the SOAR initiative has drawn clear lines upon which the University can distinguish levels of commitment and service.
Voluntary Student Organizations (VSO) are not sponsored by the University but are still eligible for some general University benefits. VSOs may be eligible for more University benefits but by seeking these benefits they must adhere to the highest standard of the University and fulfill any University requirement.
Sponsored Student Organizations (SSO) are eligible for the benefits and the coverage given to University units. At the same time SSOs are held to the same high standard as a University unit in terms of policy and procedure.
Non-affiliated Student Organizations (NSO) are not eligible for benefits or coverage from the University, apart from listing on Maize Pages.
This section is an effort to delineate and explain University policies and procedures, for groups of each status. While SOAR did create some policies it was, and remains, primarily a vehicle through which student organizations can understand the numerous and decentralized policies of the University and how they apply.