Student Organization Officer FAQs

What is the process for my new organization to become a Bauer student organization?

All new student organizations must first be registered with the UH Center for Student Involvement for two consecutive semesters. Once an organization has successfully been established for a year, the organization will be required to make a presentation about the organization to a panel of Bauer staff members. This presentation should be designed to address why your organization is a necessary addition to the Bauer College student organization roster. Following this presentation, the organization will present at a meeting of Bauer College’s President’s Council, which will vote to allow or deny the organization’s request to become a Bauer student organization. Once approved by the President’s Council, the organization will be considered a Bauer student organization at the beginning of the next semester.

What are the requirements for being a Bauer student organization?

All Bauer student organizations are required to maintain a membership base of at least 60% declared business majors. In addition, all Bauer student organizations are required to participate in a mandatory orientation session at the beginning of each semester as well as monthly President’s Council meetings.

How can I promote my organization’s events?

Bauer College’s Office of Communications has created templates for student organizations to display information about upcoming events on the TV monitors located throughout each of the three buildings. You can find these templates at and submit them for review to Amanda Sebesta at

Flyers can be posted throughout Melcher Hall, Cemo Hall, and the University Classroom and Business Building (UCBB) using the metal sliders placed near classroom doors and other high traffic areas in the buildings. There are also two public bulletin boards at either end of the first floor of Melcher Hall that can be used for these flyers. However, posting signs is prohibited in the following areas:

Rush Week is the primary recruiting event hosted during the second week of each semester from Tuesday through Thursday. This event is exclusively for recognized Bauer student organizations that have successfully completed the registration process with Bauer College and the UH Center for Student Involvement. Undergraduate organization tables will be located in the back drum area of Melcher Hall from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and graduate organizations will be in the AIM Ticker area of Melcher Hall from 4-6 p.m. Each organization is responsible for providing its own decorations, promotional materials, equipment, etc.

How do I request Bauer College space for my organization’s meetings?

Student organizations can use this form ( to request Bauer College space. This is a centralized form that will go to a specific staff member, depending on the type of space requested. Please refer to the list below to understand which staff member to contact about a specific request. Vivian Martinez ( books all classroom spaces in Melcher Hall and Cemo Hall. Lori Watley ( books all conference spaces in Melcher Hall, Cemo Hall, and UCBB. Sarayu Sundar ( books UCBB 510, 522, and the Melcher Hall Back Drum.

How can I get financial support from UH and Bauer College?

Bauer College has funding available to help student organizations travel outside of Houston for case competitions, conferences, and other professional development opportunities. In order to be considered for this funding, an organization needs to submit the following documents to Sarayu Sundar:

The University of Houston Activities Funding Board is another avenue for organizations to obtain funding. Learn more about this funding source by visiting

Is my organization automatically considered a non-profit organization after becoming a Bauer student organization?

No. In order to open a bank account, every organization must fill out IRS Form SS-4 in order to be assigned a tax ID number. This does NOT make the organization tax exempt. In order to gain 501(c)(3) status as a tax exempt organization, an organization must submit IRS Form 1023. In addition, this status requires that an organization submit Form 990 annually to the IRS. Under no circumstance should a student organization attempt to use the tax exempt information of Bauer College or the College of Business Foundation.