An SSO is a complex organization that may require administrative support to function at the level expected by the University and its sponsoring unit. Administrative support is one of the key ways a sponsoring unit can illustrate the substantial relationship with the SSO. It is important to keep in mind the following guidelines:
- Student organizations may not hire/fire University employees.
- The University may hire employees to support student organizations.
- Access to resources may be also be an option.
The sponsoring unit will need to discuss with the SSO the types of activities they will engage in and the support they will require. At times, the sponsoring unit may have to dedicate a staff member or portion of a staff member’s time to the support of the SSO. The type and level of support should be listed in the SSO Agreement with reasonable specificity.
Some SSOs are complex enough that they will require full-time administrative support. The sponsoring unit may choose to provide this support from its own staff. If additional staff is required, that staff must be hired as employees of the University, although their salary may be funded by the SSO. Sponsoring units should contact University Human Resources for hiring information.
Staff is not the only type of administrative support. Some SSOs may not require staff but may need access to certain equipment or resources, such as printing, copying, or University mail services.