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Campus CenterRegistered Independent Student Organizations (RISO)

We are currently updating our RISO website. If you have any questions please email Maile Boggeln at uhhriso@hawaii.edu for the new registration form and any other important RISO documents. Mahalo for your patience.

Welcome to the RISO Ohana!

Here at UH Hilo, RISOs are an integral part of our campus life, providing places for our students to gather, make new friends, and find community.

You will find all of the documents you need to register as an official RISO at UH Hilo here.

Please note that we do have a FAQ page that answers many of the questions that come up when filling out your application. Please check there to see if your question has already been addressed, if you still need assistance you can contact Maile Boggeln the UH Hilo RISO coordinator at uhhriso@hawaii.edu.

Before you begin, you will need to read the UH Hilo RISO Handbook which can also be found on the RISO Policies webpage. You will need to identify if you are a new RISO registering for the first time or if you are a returning RISO who is renewing your registration for the current academic year.

If you are a NEW RISO start here:

  • Decide you would like to start a RISO and find 5 other UH Hilo Students who would like to join ( Reminder: you need a minimum of 6 UH Hilo students).
  • Create a Constitution and By-Laws for your organization, you can find an example on the resources page, (why recreate the wheel if you don't have to!) You will need to have your President and Advisor sign and date the final copy and submit a copy with your registration pack. Additionally,you will also need to submit minutes from your RISO showing your organizational approval of your Constitution and By-Laws. This is to ensure that the document being turned in is official and approved by the organization. Starting in the 2018-2019 academic year, the RISO office will be checking past Constitutions and By-Laws on file to ensure that they meet this standard.
  • Find a UH Hilo Faculty or Staff member who is willing to be your advisor. For more information on RISO advisors please visit the RISO advisor page. We highly encourage you to send your potential advisor a link to the page so that they can be fully informed.You will need to have your advisor sign the agreement form and turn it in as part of your final RISO pack. This form only needs to be filled out once, unless your advisor changes.
  • Fill out the NEW RISO registration pack for the applicable academic year (It changes each year)
    • Please be sure that your registration pack is complete before turning it in. Any incomplete documents will be returned. This means that you have all supporting documents attached and the form is completely filled out.

In Fall 2018 the RISO office will be adding videos to help clarify the application process. If you are having a hard time or have any questions please make an appointment to visit Maile and ask questions.

  • Complete a mandatory Orientation Training with accompanying quiz. The RISO President, Advisor and one other officer must attend. This training is to introduce you to the policies you are required to follow and services available to you as a RISO for the current academic year.
  • Starting in 2018-2019, advisors will need to complete a one-time Title IX course with UH Hilo’s Title IX/ EEO office. This is to ensure proper instruction on compliance with Title IX and how it affects your RISO. For this year only, registration will not be withheld if your Advisor has not completed the training. However, starting in the 2019-2020 academic year RISOs will not be approved if your advisor has not completed the training. The RISO office will be sending out an announcement in the beginning of the year with available options to complete this training.
  • Turn in your application for review to Campus Center room 210. You will receive an email notifying you of the status of your application within 10 business days of its receipt. Please note that any incomplete information in your application will cause a delay in your approval process.
  • Optional: If you would like to approach the UH Hilo CSOs for funding during this academic year, you will need to complete funding training, which is available online. Mandatory attendees for this meeting are your RISOs president, treasurer, and advisor.

Please note that this option is currently not available for the Fall 2018 semester as the UH Hilo CSOs and Campus Center are finalizing a new funding process. For more information please contact Maile Boggeln at uhhriso@hawaii.edu.

New RISO Registration Checklist:

  • New Registration Pack (3 Pages)
  • Membership Roster
  • Copy of your signed and approved Constitution, By-Laws & minutes approving them
    • Please have your President and Advisor sign and date the final copy
    • Submit a copy of your RISO’s organizational minutes that indicate that your Constitution & By-Laws have been approved
  • Signed Advisor agreement form
  • Watch the Orientation video and complete the quiz
  • Advisor Only: Title IX course
  • Optional: Funding Meeting

If you are a returning RISO start here:

  • Check to be sure that none of your basic information has changed:
    • Constitution & Bylaws: If you have made changes to your Constitution and By-Laws you will need to submit a new copy with your President and Advisor signature and date. You will also need to submit minutes from your RISO showing that your organization has approved the changes.
    • Advisor: You will need to find a UH Hilo Faculty or Staff member who is willing to serve as your advisor. Please send a link for the RISO Advisor page to them so that they can read everything over and become more informed about their responsibilities. You will also need to submit a new RISO Advisor Form with your pack.
    • Any other changes should be addressed on the Registration Pack.
  • Fill out the RISO RENEWAL Registration pack for the applicable academic year (It changes each year):
    • Please be sure that your registration pack is complete before turning it in.This means that you have all supporting documents attached and the form is completely filled out. Any incomplete documents will be returned.

In Fall 2018 the RISO office will be adding videos to help clarify the application process. If you are having a hard time or have any questions please make an appointment to visit Maile

  • Complete a mandatory Orientation Training with accompanying quiz. The RISO President, Advisor and one other officer must attend. This training is to introduce you to the policies you are required to follow and services available to you as a RISO for the current academic year.
    • Starting in 2018-2019 advisors will need to complete a one-time Title IX course with UH Hilo’s Title IX/ EEO office. This is to ensure proper instruction on compliance with Title IX and how it affects your RISO. For this year only, registration will not be withheld if your Advisor has not completed the training. However, starting in the 2019-2020 academic year, RISOs will not be approved if your advisor has not completed the training. The RISO office will be sending out an announcement in the beginning of the year with available options to complete this training.
  • Turn in your application for review to Campus Center room 210. You will receive an email notifying you of the status of your application within 10 business days of its receipt. Please note that any incomplete information in your application will cause a delay in your approval process.
  • Optional: If you would like to approach the UH Hilo CSOs for funding during this academic year, you will need to complete a funding training which is available online. Mandatory attendees for this meeting are your RISOs president, treasurer, and advisor.

Please note that this option is currently not available for the Fall 2018 semester as the UH Hilo CSOs and Campus Center are finalizing a new funding process. For more information please contact Maile Boggeln at uhhriso@hawaii.edu.

Renewal RISO Registration Checklist:

What if my members change after I get registered?

That’s a great questions, you will need to inform the RISO coordinator if any of your six officers ( President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Members at Large) change, or if your Advisor changes. To do this you will need to submit a RISO Member Change Form or a New Advisor Agreement Form. Both forms should be turned into the RISO Coordinator no later than 10 business days from the change. This is to ensure that our records are current and that we know the proper people to contact.