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Student Clubs and Organizations

Published May 8, 2017

At the University at Buffalo, we recognize that clubs and organizations are an invaluable part of the university community. UB students organize and lead over 300 clubs and organizations

We are proud to support campus UB clubs and organizations by offering a variety of programs and services designed to help them, including advisement on UB and SUNY policies, available campus programs and how to start a new student organization (budgeting, fundraising, travel and office space). 

Student clubs and organizations must be officially recognized in order to receive certain services and participate in certain campus-wide events. An organization can be recognized by one of UB’s student governments, or by a university department or office. 

There are currently seven student governments that have an affiliation with the University at Buffalo:

At UB, these independent student governments represent the student body to university administration. All UB governments are funded by a  mandatory student activity fee, per SUNY guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are student clubs allowed to invite speakers to campus?

Exploring diverse points of view and engaging in open discussion are core principles upheld at UB. Student government-sponsored clubs have the ability to invite speakers of their choosing to the university and must follow university guidelines on the use of campus space.

How many clubs does the Undergraduate Student Association (SA) sponsor?

The SA is made up of over 130 clubs.  SA-sponsored clubs are permitted to use university space for their events and activities.  SA sponsorship of clubs does not imply its endorsement of a club’s events or activities.

How are student governments funded?

Student government funds are collected through an activity fee paid each semester by each student at UB.  This mandatory activity fee is determined by the student’s respective division (Undergraduate SA, Graduate, Graduate Management, Medical, Dental, Law School). The fee provides support for student organization programs and activities for all divisions of the university and is a part of the tuition and fee structure. Taxpayer dollars are not used to fund student governments

Does the appearance of speakers at UB imply the university’s endorsement of speakers and their viewpoints/opinions?

The university does not take a position on the views expressed by those who visit its campus. However, the university requires all groups using campus space to abide by university guidelines and state laws concerning the exhibition and management of public events.

As a public university, it is a fundamental value of UB that all members of the campus community and their invited guests have a right to peacefully express their views and opinions, regardless of whether others may disagree with those expressions. This includes the right of protesters to oppose the views or opinions of others, but not in such a way as to limit or prevent the speaker's freedom of expression or interfere with university operations.    More information is available at http://www.buffalo.edu/news/key-issues/freedom-of-expression.html

How does the university address safety concerns at public events?

UB is committed to being a safe and welcoming place for all people.  University Police typically have a presence at on-campus public events to help ensure the safety of speakers and attendees.