Frequently Asked Questions

STUDENT GROUP QUESTIONS

How do I reserve space on campus for a meeting or event?
A: Please visit our reservations page for more information about procedures and available venus.
I applied for a Student Organization Web Account (SOWA). Now what?
The following tutorial will help you upload pages to the server: http://www.albany.edu/involvement/documents/Uploading_files_using_FileZilla_FTP_Client.pdf
How do I use the ropes course?
The University at Albany Low Ropes Challenge Course provides a fun and interactive team-building opportunity in a safe environment. This opportunity is available to all University at Albany student groups and offices throughout the year. Space is limited so please submit your on-line request. Workshops for outside organizations are available during the University’s summer session, June 1st – August 15th (fees apply). Please visit our ropes course webpage for further information.
How do I change the password on my group’s web space?
Please contact Beth Conrad via 442-5566 or econrad@albany.edu.
How do I get funding for my group?
To receive funding your group must hold permanently recognized student organization (RSO) status with the Student Association or Graduate Student Association. Once your group is permanently recognized you can complete a funding request form, available in the Student Association (Campus Center 116) or Graduate Student Association office (Campus Center 165B).
How do I get a banner approved?
Please see our banner policy. Banners will be approved for hanging in the Campus Center only for those organizations who have registered with the Office for the current academic year. Academic/administrative departments need not register with the Office, but will still need to follow all other guidelines.
How do I reserve a table?
The Office of Student Involvement & Leadership oversees the tabling process for the Campus Center small fountain and Lobby, as well as the Lecture Center Concourse. Please see the procedure for reserving a table.

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

How do I start a student group?

To seek recognition for a new undergraduate student organization, visit the Student Association. To form a new graduate student organization, visit the Graduate Student Association.

How do I post flyers on campus?
The Office of Student Involvement & Leadership oversees the posting process for flyers posted on the Podium. Only posters announcing programs/events sponsored by recognized campus organizations and University departments will be authorized for posting on the Podium. Read more about posting guidelines.
What student groups do you have? And how do I reach them?
Please go to MyInvolvement.org for the list of active student organizations. Contact information is provided for each organization.
How do I find out about intramurals?
You can find out information about intramurals on the intramural web page, or by contacting Campus Recreation at (518) 442-2627. More information about intramurals can also be found at MyInvolvement.org
What's there to do on campus?
Student interaction and involvement outside of the classroom is an important part of the educational experience. The University provides a variety of involvement opportunities, including numerous clubs, entertainment, and recreational activities to add to your college experience. For more information regarding what is happening on campus, visit MyInvolvement.org!
How do I lodge a hazing complaint?
If you have been hazed, have witnessed hazing, or suspect that someone you know has been hazed, you can report your observations confidentially via the hazing webpage or you may contact the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership at (518) 442-5566 to speak to someone directly. If you feel the situation requires immediate attention and/or an individual’s safety is at risk, please contact the University Police Department at (518) 442-3131.
What fraternities and sororities do you have on campus?
There are more than 30 general, cultural, pre-professional and service-oriented fraternal organizations currently active at the University at Albany. Please visit Fraternity & Sorority Life for a complete list of recognized fraternities and sororities:
I feel that I’m being discriminated against in class. Who can I talk to?
The University at Albany (UAlbany) is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which all persons who participate in University programs and activities can come together to learn and work in an atmosphere free from all forms of harassment, exploitation, discrimination or intimidation, regardless of race, color, religion, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, national origin, status in regard to public assistance, and membership or activity in a local commission, as defined by law in any of its policies, procedures, or practices. It is the responsibility of the University to prevent discrimination and harassment and, if possible, correct it when it occurs and take appropriate disciplinary action, as necessary, against behavior that is a violation of the policy. If you have a complaint regarding discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, Vietnam-era veteran status, marital status, or sexual orientation that you or someone you know may have been the victim of, please click here to receive information on what you can do about it and how to go about the process of filing a complaint and/or a grievance against a possible offender. http://www.albany.edu/affirmative_action/complaint.html
How do I join a fraternity/sorority?
All chapters on campus have distinct processes in order to join their group. Some participate in what is known as "Recruitment" which is a series of events that introduces interested students to specific chapters in the Greek community. Some chapters participate in what is known as “Membership Intake” which can be slightly different in that the chapters host most of their events individually. Most chapters have a new member education program (a.k.a. pledge program) where new members learn what it means to be a member of the chapter. This is usually a 4-6 week program. Once the program is completed, new members are initiated into membership.Prospective members must be matriculated students who have completed at least 12 credit hours and hold a minimum cumulative 2.50 grade point average. First semester freshmen students are not allowed to participate in new member education programs (“pledging”). Please visit Fraternity & Sorority Life to learn more about the recruitment activities for each council
What exactly is hazing?
Hazing is prohibited by the University at Albany’s Community Rights & Responsibilities and New York State Law. All national organizations ban hazing and have policies against it. Many institutions and national/international organizations adhere to the following definition of hazing developed by the Fraternity Insurance Purchasing Group:"Any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities may include but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol; paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities carried on outside or inside of the confines of the chapter house; wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and any other activities which are not consistent with fraternal law, ritual or policy or the regulations and policies of the educational institution."If you wish to report a hazing complaint, please file an anonymous report (click on "Report an Incident") or contact the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership at (518) 442-5566 to speak to someone directly. If you feel the situation requires immediate attention and/or an individual’s safety is at risk, please contact the University Police Department at (518) 442-3131.
Where can I pray on campus?
The University at Albany is pleased to offer several opportunities for worship across many faiths. There are a variety of Christian groups as well as Jewish and Muslim prayer opportunities. For specific meeting and prayer times, please visit our Interfaith Council page for more details.
Where does my student activity fee go?
All students pay a student activity fee which funds the undergraduate student government (Student Association) and graduate student government (Graduate Student Association). Both organizations use the fee to fund student groups and campus events.
What’s going on this weekend?
Between the games played by our 19 Division I intercollegiate teams, programs offered by the Department of Residential Life, activities organized by very active student groups, and Danes After Dark, there is always something to do on campus every weekend. For more information regarding what is happening on or around campus check MyInvolvement.org.