Start a Service Organization
OACS advises more than 75 student service organizations. The primary goal of OACS is to support students in their ongoing service initiatives while better preparing them to implement, assess and reflect on those activities. OACS provides student leaders with financial advising; risk management planning for events and programs; paperwork assistance; and facilitates connections to agencies and volunteer opportunities in Nashville.
Starting a Service Organization
Student leaders must complete the online registration process through Anchor Link in order to be officially recognized as a Registered Student Organization (RSO) on campus. During the process of becoming an RSO, a student leader can indicate that they would like their organization to be advised by OACS.
- Check that no current service organization exists that meets the need you have identified.
- Contact a staff member in OACS to set up a meeting to talk about your RSO application.
- Follow the process and policies outlined by the Office of Student Organizations to register a new organization.
Requirements to be advised by OACS:
- Meet with your OACS advisor for about 30 minutes at least once a month.
- Complete an assessment survey at the end of fall and spring semesters.
- Update OACS with new leadership rosters at the end of the spring semester.
- Send at least one member of your leadership team to required OACS trainings.
What to expect from your OACS advisor:
OACS advisors serve as advocates, establish a source of continuity year to year, and provide program ideas and experience. We help with the growth, progress and sustainability of service organizations by assisting the incoming board and group members every semester. We also offer training and support in navigating university financial systems.
Joining a Service Organization
- Please view our list of student organizations. You can access individual organization pages by searching the “Service” category in Anchorlink. Not all Service organizations are advised by OACS, but most are connected to our office in some way.
- Contact an OACS staffer to get more info or come in to Rand 305 and speak with us.