Obtaining and Maintaining Marshall Recognition

Student organizations exist to promote the educational mission of the university. The Marshall School of Business understands the importance of student organizations to build leadership, improve teamwork and sharpen networking skills.

Marshall Recognized Student Organizations (MRSOs) provide students with the opportunity to engage with peers, faculty, alumni, and employers who provide guidance in areas such as academic coursework, leadership development, and professional pursuits. MRSOs are a key component of the Marshall undergraduate experience and offer a range of opportunities for leadership and career development, philanthropic pursuits, and social events for their members and the Marshall community. 

Note: Due to limited resources caused by COVID-19, new MRSO proposals will not be accepted in Spring 2021. Please check back in Fall 2021 for updates. We apologize for the inconvenience.


In order to become a Marshall Recognized Student Organization, your organization must first be recognized by USC Campus Activities. After USC recognition, your organization may apply for Marshall recognition in the Spring semester. 


Step 1: Gain RSO recognition from USC Campus Activities. See USC RSO Resource Guide.


Step 2: Attend a Marshall Recognized Student Organization Information Session. (Please note that due to limited resources caused by COVID-19, new MRSO proposals will not be accepted in Spring 2021. We apologize for the inconvenience.)


Step 3: Email application materials to Undergraduate Advising and Student Affairs Office:

  • Charter
  • Constitution
  • Pitch deck


Step 4: Schedule a pitch presentation for Marshall Council during the Spring semester.


Step 5: Receive decision notice and if accepted, email charter and constitution to Undergraduate Advising and Student Affairs Office, along with a description of your MRSO and a video for the Marshall MRSO webpage.


Step 6: Maintain Marshall Recognition Status by following the guidelines set forth in the MRSO Handbook.


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The benefits of being a Marshall Recognized Student Organization (MRSO) include the following:

  • Membership in the Marshall Council
  • Access to and support from Marshall Undergraduate Advising and Student Affairs and other Marshall Undergraduate Program staff
  • Access to the Marshall Recognized Student Organization President’s Room (JFF 121) on the first floor of Fertitta Hall
  • New member recruitment and publicity at the Marshall New Student Welcome in the Fall and Marshall Involvement Fair in the Spring
  • Posting of event flyers and announcements within the Marshall and Leventhal buildings
  • Ability to request room reservations for Marshall facilities and classrooms
  • Ability to promote programs and events through the weekly MRSO Events email
  • Inclusion in the Marshall Webpage
  • Opportunity to qualify for funding from the Marshall Undergraduate Advising and Student Affairs Office
  • Eligibility to compete for MRSO awards
  • Invitation to MRSO End of Year Recognition Banquet
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Marshall Council is a monthly gathering of MRSO Presidents to exchange information, collaborate, and ensure the success of their organizations. Marshall Council:

  • Provides a space to collaborate and build inter-organization alliances
  • Creates a forum to discuss concerns and advocate for positive change
  • Participates in ongoing leadership development
  • Recognizes organization successes
  • Empowers student organizations to solve problems collaboratively
  • Keeps student leaders informed of major happenings within the Marshall community
  • Serves as a group of student leaders that Marshall administration looks to for consultation on the student perspective
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Marshall recognition requires responsibilities and commitments beyond USC Recognition. All MRSOs must:


  • Follow rules and regulations established by USC and by the Marshall Undergraduate Advising and Student Affairs Office (see University policies below and MRSO Handbook).


  • Have no more than one president who must remain in place and active for the entirety of the fall and spring semester of each academic year. Co-presidents and terms of less than one academic year are not permitted. Presidents must be registered undergraduate students in good standing. 


  • Have a majority membership of Marshall majors and minors.


  • Have an actively engaged advisor, preferably from the Marshall School faculty and staff.


  • Submit a strategic plan to the Marshall Undergraduate Advising and Student Affairs Office (August).


  • Participate in Marshall New Student Welcome (August).


  • Attend Marshall Presidents Orientation (August).


  • Participate in Marshall's Spring Involvement Fair (January).


  • Attend and actively participate in monthly Marshall Council Meetings. Any MRSO failing to attend two or more meetings will automatically be placed on probation.


  • Participate in Marshall Community Service Day with a minimum of 2 members per organization.


  • Submit End-Of-Year Report to the Marshall Undergraduate Advising and Student Affairs Office (May).


Failure to adhere to University policies or to the standards outlined above for maintaining Marshall recognition will result in a warning. Failure to meet more than one requirement may result in probation and/or suspension of MRSO status as well as loss of Marshall benefits, including funding and room reservations.

MRSO presidents and their faculty/staff advisor will be notified via email when an organization is failing to meet requirements. Organizations that have lost their Marshall recognition may continue to operate as a USC RSO but will no longer be eligible for any MRSO benefits. Organizations that wish to regain Marshall recognition will need to work with the Marshall Undergraduate Advising and Student Affairs Office to determine appropriate steps. 

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All student organizations must complete recognition paperwork through USC Campus Activities on an annual basis in order to be considered for Marshall Recognition.

Marshall expects all MRSOs to be responsible members of the USC Community and to abide by all policies, regulations and procedures as defined in the MRSO Handbook, the USC Student Handbook (SCampus) and elsewhere including Campus Activities and USC Policies as well as all state laws, and any applicable governing regulations associated with a national affiliation. Policies that may be relevant involve:

  • Hazing
  • Discrimination
  • Vandalism
  • Theft
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Dishonesty
  • Misappropriation of Organization or University funds

MRSOs are responsible for knowing, understanding, and following all University policies. Please review the following resources to ensure that you and your organization are in compliance:

Campus Activities

SCampus policies regarding USC RSOs

General USC Policies

USC Code of Ethics

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The possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages on the University of Southern California campus is governed by appropriate state and municipal laws and is further governed by University regulations. The University Policy concerning alcohol, applicable University regulations, procedure for dealing with an alcohol violation by a student organization, and a definition of possible sanctions for student organizations are discussed in the complete policy.  Alcohol will not be served or reimbursed at any Marshall undergraduate student events, undergraduate recruiting events, or during undergraduate student travel.

For more information, review SCampus.

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USC and the Marshall School of Business require that every recognized student organization have a faculty or staff advisor. An active faculty/staff advisor improves the effectiveness of an organization while also assisting in the positive development of its student members.

MRSOs should choose advisors who can meet with MRSO presidents regularly (once a month is suggested) and who can:

  • Serve as mentors and facilitate student growth and development
  • Provide continuity for an organization by passing along valuable information regarding the organization’s history, traditions, and past accomplishments
  • Assist in goal setting and determining areas of program purpose and content
  • Help brainstorm activities, events, and speakers; attend programs; and connect you with others who can support your organization
  • Serve as a liaison between the University, the Marshall School, and the MRSO
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Steve and Katheryn Sample Hall (SKS) Suite 410 | T: 213.740.5693 | E: usclead@usc.edu


Jill and Frank Fertitta Hall (JFF) Suite 201 | T: 213.740.0690 | E: ugstudentorgs@marshall.usc.edu

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