Dates for RSO Application, Bike Share and Finance Tools Announced

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AMHERST, Mass. – Come October, the Registered Student Organization (RSO) application, bike share program, emergency financing and budgeting tools for fiscal year 2021 will be available.

The early availability of these hallmark services of the Student Government Association (SGA) come as a result of continued commitment to supporting the student body and actively implementing feedback.

Registered Student Organization (RSO) Application

Applications for RSOs will be accepted starting Oct. 3 with a targeted deadline two weeks after its launch. Becoming an RSO allows groups to seamlessly book spaces on campus, apply for a budget from the Student Activities Trust Fund (SATF) and receive support from a dedicated advisor.

Certain frozen, inactive and former RSOs will have to undergo the new RSO Application process to regain active status. Once live, the application can be found on Campus Pulse.

In the 2018-2019 academic year, the SGA established the Undergraduate Registry Oversight Committee (UROC) which provides best practices and support to current and prospective RSOs.

Application peer-review and feedback sessions are available by appointment with the committee. Please email: sgauroc@umass.edu if interested.

View more information on the new RSO hub on the SGA website.

Long-Term Bike Share

In a collaborative effort between the SGA, Physical Plant and Sustainable UMass, students, faculty and staff are eligible to rent a bike for the academic year at no cost.

The bike rental assignment will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the outdoor Maple Hall Bike Storage Unit. Rentals are valid for the entire year and must be returned to the same location in working condition on April 23, 2020 between 12-4 p.m.

Renters must read and complete the “UMass Amherst Bike Share Agreement and Waiver of Liability” in addition to bringing a form of identification.

With each bike rental, one free bike tune-up will be provided through the UMass Bike Co-Op. Bikes will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

The long-term rental structure was implemented following the introduction of ValleyBike in 2018, a short-term bike-sharing service.

For questions, please contact: sgachiefofstaff@umass.edu.

Emergency Financing and Budgeting Tools for Agencies

RSOs with an active fee account are eligible to apply for emergency funding from the SGA Finance Committee. According to the SGA By-laws, this allocation is meant to provide funding that will ensure that an RSO will not have to cancel an event “vital to their mission” and due to “unforeseen circumstances.”

Beginning Oct. 7, emergency financing forms will be available on Campus Pulse. For questions, please contact the Finance Committee at: sgafinancecommit@umass.edu.

Additionally, budgeting tools for fiscal year 2021 will become available on the same day with funding guidelines to be published prior to the tool’s launch.

RSOs and Agencies can email the Chair of the Ways and Means Committee at sgawaysmeans@umass.edu to schedule appointments to review how funding guidelines apply to specific groups.

For questions/inquiries on these services, please contact us. Additional information can be found on the SGA’s Resources Page.

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