CSO POINTS

Please be aware that this change HAS BEGUN  for the Spring 2012 semester, therefore, your organization will have to follow the new point system for eligibility for special allocations in the Fall. This new point system will ONLY affect your organization’s Fall 2012 funding.

This Spring 2012, the MINIMUM required points to be eligible for funding in the Fall 2012 is 5 POINTS. Your organization MUST obtain a point in the following categories:

  • CSO General Meeting (1 POINT)
  • Monthly Report (1 POINT)
  • Signature Event (currently known as Special Project) (1 POINT)
In order to be eligible for SPECIAL ALLOCATIONS in the Fall 2012 your organization MUST obtain 11 POINTS this Spring 2012 Semester. One in each of the following categories:
  • CSO General Meeting (1 POINT)
  • Monthly Report (1 POINT)
  • Signature Event (Special Project) (1 POINT)
  • Communication (1 POINT)
  • Leadership/ Professional Development (1 POINT)
  • Community Service/ Philanthropy (1POINT)
  • FIU Spirit (1 POINT)
  • Conference/ Lecture (1 POINT)
  • CSO Favorite (1 POINT)
  • Collaboration (1 POINT)
  • Social (1 POINT)
  • Miscellaneous/ Floating: May substitute any ONE point that was not obtained for ONE category ONLY.
TOTAL= 11 POINTSPOINT DEADLINES: The last Friday of every month by 5pm.

The CSO Point System was established to ensure that registered organizations remain active and visible on campus. Gold Organizations must obtain a minimum of points in the required categories points each semester to be eligible for Basic Funding. No recognition will be given to events that do not fall under any of these categories without a prior consultation by the CSO Executive Board.

Any event where there is the consumption/involvement of alcoholic beverages will not count as a point under the CSO Point System as per the CSO Finance Policies.

1. CSO General Meeting (CSO Executive Board & Organization Representatives) [Required 1 PT] Organization Reps. will meet with the CSO Executive Board at the monthly CSO general meetings. A CSO Rep can only represent 2 organizations per meeting. Please make sure your representative can stay for the entire meeting.Organizations will not receive the point if the representative is more than 10 minutes late or leaves the meeting early. A CSO Point Submission Form does not need to be submitted as proof of attendance. Attendance will be taken and recorded by CSO Executive Board members. (1pt. per meeting/ minimum 1 pt.)

2. Organization Monthly Report [Required 1 PT]

Organizations must hold at least one of their own general meetings per month and submit the Organization Monthly Report, a form that includes the organization’s expenditures and activities for that month and the month’s meeting minutes attached. A sample Minutes form is provided in the CSO OrgSync Files Section. Please submit the Organization Monthly Report and attached minutes to receive the point. A numerical valie must be placed in the Expenditure Box within the Organization Monthly Report form (1pt. per month/minimum 1 pt.)

3. Signature Event [Required 1 PT]

Signature events, formally known as Special Projects, are projects or events held/hosted by your organization which embody the purpose and mission of your organization and serve to promote it to the FIU community beyond simply tabling. The event must be  open/advertised it to all of the FIU community to be eligible to earn a point. Please submit the CSO Points Report Form to receive the point. (1pt. per project/minimum 1 pt.)

4. Communication

Each organization can submit an event/meeting for the Community Calendar within OrgSync. This can be done by allowing a club’s event to be made public and available on the Community Calendar. Events submitted as communication points cannot be FIU events or events being held by student councils/departments. A Communications Point Reports Form must be submitted for this point to be received. Event must be added and approved to the community calendar PRIOR to an event to receive a point. Note that a fundraising event for the organization will not be counted towards the community calendar/point opportunity. (1pt. per month/ minimum 1 pt.)

5. CSO Club Fair Involvement/Volunteering

Organizations that get involved in the CSO Club Fair by promoting the event, or volunteer to help the CSO Executive Board, can receive a point. Point opportunities for club fair will be announced ahead of time. (Ex. Volunteering to set-up or clean-up). Organizations will not earn points for having a table during the club fair.

Volunteering (1 point only) – Organizations must volunteer a minimum of 3 hours total at the CSO Club Fair.

Promotions (1 point only) – Organizations must submit a completed CSO Promotions form in order to earn 1 point.

6. Community Service Project

Clubs are responsible for completing community service projects. Community service is defined as services volunteered by individuals or an organization to benefit a community or its institutions. Community service projects must promote FIU and the organization in a positive and beneficial manner.

One week prior to participating in the community service event, organizations must first register its service project with the Center for Leadership & Services (CLS) using the Community Service Project Registration Form to have it approved. Once the project is approved and completed, turn in all proper documentation to CLS in order to receive point. Please see the Community Service Project Guide for all proper procedures. Note any service project or events not including FIU students must be submitted via CLS. (1 pt. per activity)

7. Philanthropy Project

Clubs are responsible for completing philanthropy projects. Philanthropy is defined as an active effort to promote human welfare. These projects must promote FIU and the organization in a positive and beneficial manner.

One week prior to participating in the philanthropy event, organizations must first register its philanthropy project with the Center for Leadership & Services (CLS) using the Community Service Project Registration Form to have it approved. Once the project is approved and completed, turn in all proper documentation to CLS in order to receive point. Please see the Community Service Project Guide for all proper procedures. Note any philanthropy project or events not including FIU students must be submitted via CLS. (1 pt. per activity)

(Minimum 1 pt. in Community Service/Philanthropy)

8. Leadership/Professional Development

a.    Organizations are responsible for attending events that promote Leadership Development. These include, but are not limited to, ENGAGE workshops hosted by The Center for Leadership & Services (CLS) and the leadership seminars hosted by Multicultural Programs and Services (MPAS). If you participate in the workshops held by CLS and/or MPAS, please make sure to sign in to receive point. If you participate in another leadership development event held by another department/organization, please submit event through the CSO Points Report Form in order to receive point. (1pt. per activity) (At least 3 members must participate)

b.   Organizations are responsible for attending Professional Development events. These include, but are not limited to, activities held by the Career Services Office or other professional development experiences that may be specific to your type of organization (Ex. Career Fair, Business Etiquette Dinner). For professional development events, please submit a CSO Points Report Form to receive the point. (1pt. per activity) (At least 3 members must participate

(Minimum 1 pt. in Leadership/Professional Development)

9.       FIU Spirit

Organizations should support FIU events such as athletic games, Homecoming, Student Programming Council (SPC), Panther Rage, Student Alumni Association (SAA), Student Government Association (SGA), and FIU Fine Arts sponsored events. Organizations can attend such events and submit a CSO Points Report Form in order to receive the point. (1pt. per activity/ minimum 1 pt.) (At least 3 members must participate)

10.   Social

Social events must be hosted  by the organization requesting the point. These can include, but are not limited to, welcome back events, holiday festivities, end-of-the-semester events. Event must be advertised to the FIU community prior to the event. Please submit a CSO Points Report Form in order to receive the point. Note that organization’s general meetings do not count as socials. Also, organizations do not receive a point for attending another organizations’ social event. (1 pt. per activities/minimum 1 pt.) (At least 3 members must participate)

11.   Conference/Lecture

Organizations can attend conferences and/or special lectures held by verifiable organizations and FIU departments. Please submit a CSO Points Report Form in order to receive the point.  (1 pt. per activity/minimum 1 pt.) (At least 3 members must participate)

12.   CSO Favorites 
A CSO Favorite is any event chosen by the CSO Executive Board to recognize that month. The Executive Board will choose two events per month as their favorite and encourage council officers and members to attend and promote inter-club networking. CSO Favorites can either be CSO Events, other council events, or events hosted by student organizations. We encourage organizations to submit requests to place their events to be considered as a CSO Favorite using the OrgSync CSO favorites form. The organization hosting the CSO favorite will not be eligible for the 2 CSO Favorite points. The purpose of the CSO favorite is to highlight student groups events to the FIU community  Please submit a CSO Points Report Form in order to receive the point. (2pt. per event/ minimum 1 pt.) (At least 3 members must participate)

13.   Collaboration

Organizations that team up with another organization to host an event can receive an extra 1 point for working together and promoting inter-club relations. Organizations cannot receive more than 1 pt. for collaborating with the same organization in other events; they must team up with a different organization in another event. All collaboration information must be listed on the Point Submission Form submitted for that particular event. Only one organization can be listed for collaboration per event.  (1 pt. per collaboration per organization/ minimum 1 pt.) 

14.   Miscellaneous/ Floating Points

Through floating points, clubs can receive a point in a category that has not been fulfilled by receiving one extra point in any of the other categories. It may substitute any ONE point that was not obtained for ONE of the optional categories ONLY.

(1 pt. per activity/ It may substitute any ONE point that was not obtained for ONE of the optional categories ONLY.)

Total Possible Points = 11

Minimum Point Requirements to be Eligible for Gold Status Basic Funding 

Required Point Categories
(1)   CSO General Meeting
(1)   Organization Monthly Report
(1)   Signature Event
Gold Organizations must earn 5 points total to be eligible for basic funding. This must include at least one point from each of the required point categories.
Additional Point Categories
FIU Spirit
Communication
Community Service Project or Philanthropy Project
Leadership/Professional Development
Social
CSO Favorite
FIU Conference/Lecture
Collaboration
Miscellaneous/ Floating: May substitute any ONE point that was not obtained for ONE of the additional categories ONLY. Cannot replace required point categories
Organizations must earn at least one point in each of the required and additional point categories to be eligible to request special allocation funds
Total Points Required: Basic Funding 5, Special Allocations 11