Finances & Insurance

Registered student organizations are responsible for the management of all funds relating to their organization. Fiscal management and decision-making processes must be outlined within the constitution of the registered student organization. Some organizations are subject to fiscal guidelines based upon any national, international or professional affiliations. Student organizations should maintain transparency with the membership of the organization regarding the management of funds.

Use of Licenser Brands

UNLV owns and controls the words, phrases, insignias, and designs that have come to represent the University to the public. As outlined in the RSO definition, “a Registered Student Organization is not an agent, representative, or employee of UNLV. You are not permitted to act as an extension of UNLV.” In accordance with this definition, RSOs are not permitted to use the University’s licensed marks and logos. All uses of the University marks by Non-University entities (such as RSOs) require prior approval, even if the proposed uses do not involve the sale of a product.

If an RSO wants to request approval to use the University’s marks or logos they must contact the UNLV Trademarks and Licensing department.  If permission is granted, marks and logos may not be modified and must be used in accordance with UNLV graphic standards guidelines. 

Restrictions

No merchandise or use of UNLV logos and trademarks will be approved when used in conjunction with or making reference to:

  • Drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Alcohol, alcohol consumption, and/or abuse
  • Tobacco products and usage
  • Sexual conduct, imagery, or inferences
  • Profanity or inappropriate insensitive language
  • Gambling
  • Firearms or weapons
  • Political and religious endorsements
  • Any other merchandise or use of UNLV logos and trademarks judged by the UNLV Licensing Program to be inappropriate, unacceptable, or inconsistent with standard licensing practices of UNLV

To obtain more information about these guidelines, student organizations may contact the UNLV Trademarks and Licensing department at 702-895-0294 or online.

Funding Opportunities

  • CSUN Student Government: Undergraduate student organization funding
  • Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA): Graduate student organization funding
  • Co-Sponsorship Opportunities
  • University department: Some university departments are willing to help fund RSO initiatives if the initiatives are parallel to the department mission and values.
  • Fundraising: Fundraising is considered a normal organizational function. Here are some helpful fundraising tips.
  • Membership dues: Registered student organizations may collect dues to cover organization expenditures if desired. Funds collected will be managed by the organization as prescribed by the constitution created by the organization.

Philanthropy

Philanthropy is the act of donating money, goods, services, time and/or effort to support a socially beneficial cause, with a defined objective and with no financial or material reward to the donor. Such events also serve as a way to build community among UNLV students and the Las Vegas community.

Funds raised by an RSO for an outside entity are to be gifted in their entirety (100%) to the named philanthropy. Costs incurred to create the philanthropic event must be fully funded by the organization before the philanthropy is conducted. University funds may not be donated to off campus interests. Fraternities and Sororities must also comply with the Fraternity and Sorority Life Philanthropy policy that addresses additional Fraternity and Sorority Life community concerns, points, and procedures.

Contracts, Sales, and Licensing

Some groups have been quite successful in conducting regular concession sales items such as t-shirts, flowers, etc. There are a number of state laws and campus policies that impact concessions and other sales. No door-to-door solicitations are allowed on the UNLV Campus. Contact the Office of Event Services located in the Student Union for more information about the sale of merchandise at on-campus venues.