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Student Organizations

The Student Organizations page provides student societies and recognized student groups with a range of resources relating to their obligations outlined in University policies and procedures.

What is a student society?

A student society refers to a student organization on whose behalf the University collects a non-academic incidental fee (see Fees: non-academic incidental page). Student Societies are broken into two main categories:

  1. Representative Student Committees – SAC (UTSU); SCSU; UTGSU; UTMSU; APUS
  2. Divisional and Faculty-based Student Societies – there are 40 societies; examples of some of the larger ones include: ASSU; The Varsity, and MedSoc
What is a recognized student group?

Recognized student groups refers to the large and diverse directory of student clubs and organizations available across the three campuses. U of T currently has over 1,100 student groups recognized by the University. Learn more about recognized student groups at U of T on the Ulife website.

Handbook for Student Societies

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Students developed the Handbook for Student Societies as resource for student society leaders. It covers a broad range of issues relevant to student society leadership.

2020-2021 Handbook for Student Societies


Student Society Audits

The Policy for Compulsory Non-Academic Incidental Fees requires all student societies to submit audited financial statements on an annual basis. Societies that collect less than $30,000 in student fees and generate less than $7,500 in other revenue are eligible to apply for an exemption from the audit requirement, but must meet criteria outlined by both the Office of the Vice-Provost, Students and the Internal Audit Department in order to do so.

Select the link below for a resource document on things to consider when submitting your society’s audited financial statements, or when seeking an exemption from the University’s requirement for audited financial statements.

2020-2021 Audit Memo


Student Society Fee Increases and Referenda

Each student society at the University of Toronto is required to seek approval for proposed fee increases at the University Affairs Board (UAB).

If you plan to bring forward a fee increase for your society, or are planning to conduct a referendum, there are a number of things to consider with respect to your society and the University Affairs Board.

The link below outlines these considerations.

2020-21 Fee Increase and Referenda Memo


Constitutional Revisions and CRCSS Appointments

The University requires that each student society have a constitution to demonstrate its open, accessible, and democratic functioning.

In addition to this requirement, each society also selects a delegate to the pool of appointees who may be called to serve on the University Complaint and Resolution Council for Student Societies (CRCSS) Panel. Recognizing that student societies face annual turnover, the Office of the Vice-Provost, Students has developed resources on each of the above items as a reference-point for organizations seeking assistance.
2020-2021 Constitutional Revisions and CRCSS Appointments Memo


For information about the CRCSS, please see the item below or visit the dedicated CRCSS page.

Complaint and Resolution Council for Student Societies (CRCSS)

The University affirms the value of autonomous student organizations operating independently and without interference from the University in their day-to-day operations. However, autonomy must be exercised in a manner that is compliant with the law and University policy. Further, all student organizations must conduct themselves in an open, accessible, and democratic manner.

Policy on Open, Accessible and Democratic Autonomous Student Organizations


See the Handbook for Student Societies and the dedicated CRCSS page for more information on the Policy and the CRCSS.

Using audiovisual materials at U of T

For guidance and information related to using audiovisual materials on campus, and copyright considerations, visit our page dedicated to AV and copyright at U of T.

Copyright Considerations for Student Groups

Select the link below for a resource document to assist when student groups are considering using copyrighted materials as part of their event promotion and/or programming (i.e. movie screenings).

Copyright Considerations for Student Groups


Accessibility Resources

The Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act Office provides a number of resources that may assist with the accessibility of your student society’s events and programming (including tip sheets, training modules, resources, relevant policies, and building access notices).

Please refer to the University of Toronto AODA Website for more information.

University of Toronto AODA Office (Website)


Use of University Services by Recognized Student Groups

This summary is intended to provide brief description of the expectations and requirements associated with the use of University of Toronto space (including meeting rooms and other physical spaces in which events and activities occur) and services (including web hosting facilities provided by the University).

Groups which are recognized pursuant to the Policy on the Recognition of Student Groups are independent organizations within the University of Toronto community.