As part of the Division of Campus Life, the Student Activities Office leads campus efforts to support 500+ student groups. We co-coordinate undergraduate Orientation with the Dean of the College and support the Brown Outdoor Leadership Training (BOLT), Brown Student Agencies, Liber Brunensis (Brown's Yearbook) and Greek and Program House engagement.
In addition, the office provides oversight and coordination for three facilities that serve the Brown community —the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Greek and Program Houses, and both T.F. Green Hall and Alumnae Hall auditorium for student performing arts.
SAO Available Remotely
The Student Activities Office staff are working remotely. We will be responding to phone calls and emails during our summer business hours, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday, and will be available to meet virtually with students. Please call 401-863-2341, email [email protected] or connect with your SAO advisor directly for assistance.
Visit covid.brown.edu for updates from Brown University on novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
COVID-19 Spring Events Cancelled
As of Thursday, March 12th all student-organized events, and in-person gatherings (including but not limited to meetings, rehearsals, practices, performances, dinners, etc.) are cancelled, effective for the duration of the spring 2020 semester.
Online Fundraising for Student Organizations
SAO and BSA are excited to launch an online fundraising option for student organizations through BSA's online Marketplace allowing them to raise funds for external 501c3 organizations.
As a reminder, groups are permitted to donate their raised funds to external organizations but UFB funds, derived from the student activities fee, must remain within Brown. Additionally, this method is the only approved way for groups to raise funds online.
If your organization is looking to fundraise, please note that the organization that you will be donating to needs to have completed the Supplier Registration Form and provided documentation of its 501c3 status. This information must be submitted prior to filling out the form to create your fundraising product on Marketplace.
Steps to complete the Supplier Registration Form can be found here, and external 501c3 organizations should fill out this form. An updated database will show which organizations have already been approved, and which are currently in the process of approval.
Once this has been completed, please submit a Marketplace Product form. Your product will be processed by BSA before being sent for approval. Once the product has been approved, BSA will notify you that your product is live.
Please note that the complete processing time can take up to ten business days for the product to be enabled. This processing time can be extended due to high volume of product requests. Additionally, there is a 5% processing fee for each donation received through Marketplace to cover credit card processing fees and student labor. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]
Quick Access: Resources
Be sure to review our policies as your group plans events throughout the year.
SAO Guide to Financial Transactions
A Google site containing everything you need to know about transactions for your student group - includes our new online reimbursement process!
Event Equipment Form
Download and complete the form then email it to [email protected]. Staff from SAO will work with you to update and finalize your estimate. (If you have any trouble downloading the spreadsheet, you may access the link from this page.)
Party Manager Training
Party Manager Training is required annually for any students working socials or parties on behalf of their group. It is now available as a Google sites & Google quiz!
SAO Reservation Form
Use this form to reserve a folding table, cashbox, etc. from the Student Activities Office.