Quadrant Classification & Training FAQs:


What are Quadrants, and what does this mean for my organization?

  • The Quadrant Model is a new student organization classification structure that has replaced the former three-tiered structure of Registered, Affiliated, and Sponsored organizations. The new model is based on an evaluation of each student organization’s unique characteristics on two scales of organization risk and university affiliation, which when combined will identify the organization’s placement in one of four classification quadrants (Registered, Associated, Partnered, Sponsored). For more information about the Quadrant Model, check out our overview page here.

What does it mean for me as a CSL or Treasurer moving into the new quadrant system?

  • At this time, based on your quadrant placement, you may need to complete additional training requirements. More updates to expectations and benefits for student organizations may come over time based on the new system, but communication will be sent prior to any changes to ensure student organization leaders are prepared and informed.

What does it mean for me as an Advisor moving into the new quadrant system?

  • At this time, based on your quadrant placement, you may need to complete additional training requirements. There may also be new advisor eligibility standards for your organization if they have moved from the old “Registered” tier into the Associated, Partnered, or Sponsored quadrants. (For more information on this change, see Question 20 below.) More updates to expectations and benefits for student organizations may come over time based on the new system, but communication will be sent prior to any changes to ensure student organization advisors are prepared and informed.

What are the new training requirements?

  • Training requirements are defined by the designated quadrant classification of each organization and must be completed by the Chief Student Leader, Treasurer, and all Advisors. *Note: Organizations that are moving from the old “Registered” tier into the Associated, Partnered, or Sponsored quadrants, their new training requirements will include not only one or both of the Special training modules (Advanced Risk Management or Student Organization Marketing and Communications), but also one or two additional Elective modules.
    • Registered organization leaders must complete two core Essentials trainings
    • Associated organization leaders must complete two core Essentials trainings, one enhanced risk management training, and one elective training
    • Partnered organization leaders must complete two core Essentials trainings, one enhanced marketing and communications training, and one elective training
    • Sponsored organization leaders must complete two core Essentials trainings, one enhanced risk management training, one enhanced marketing and communications training, and two elective trainings

Where can I find the new training modules?

  • You can find all student organization training modules in the StuAct Online Training Center. Based on your new quadrant placement, you may have to take the Advanced Risk Management module and/or the Student Organization Marketing and Communications module, as well as one or two additional elective training modules. Please log into the Training Center to see which trainings are required for you and to ensure credit is given for any modules you complete.

Who needs to take these trainings?

  • The Chief Student Leader, Treasurer, and all advisors on your current roster are required to complete trainings.

The training is not popping up for me, who do I contact?

  • Please contact Student Organization Leadership & Development (SOLAD) by email at solad@stuact.tamu.edu or call us at 979-458-4371.

One of my officers or advisors has completed the training requirements for our organization, so why are they still marked as “Untrained”?

  • In cases where an individual serves a role in multiple organizations (e.g. Primary Advisor for Org 1, Secondary Advisor for Org 2) StuAct Online evaluates that individual’s training compliance based upon the highest level of required training. This means that if a student leader or advisor that serves in a Sponsored organization (which requires six total trainings) and a Registered organization (which only requires two trainings) has not completed their Sponsored training requirement, then StuAct Online marks them as “Untrained” and both of their organizations will be impacted. In light of this, we would encourage the leadership team of each organization to communicate with each other to ensure that everyone is completing their required training for all organizations in which they serve. If this situation is negatively impacting an upcoming organization program or financial obligation, or if this is happening to you but none of your officers or advisors serve in another organization, please reach out to the SOLAD office for assistance.

Why were we put in “Restricted” status on October 16th?

  • As outlined in communication emails sent to all student organization leaders and advisors on September 21st and October 9th, the Quadrant assignments were implemented in StuAct Online over the course of the day on October 16th. As a result, any organizations with student leaders or advisors who had not completed their training requirements were marked as “Restricted”. However, as soon as those training requirements have been met (along with any other Recognition Checklist items that are currently out of compliance), the organization will regain full “Recognized” status.

How does a “Restricted” status affect my organization?

  • An organization that has been placed in a “Restricted” status temporarily loses access to complete any financial transactions through the SOFC, the ability to reserve rooms on campus, and eligibility for some additional privileges such as MSC Open House registration. The StuAct Online system gives organizations 60 days to correct any requirements that are out of compliance, after which time the organization will become “Unrecognized”. However, as soon as the organization meets all training and recognition requirements on your organization’s Recognition Checklist within that 60 day period, the organization will automatically regain fully “Recognized” status and access to all student organization resources and privileges.

If we are in a renewing recognition period, will this affect our recognition period and/or cycle?

  • No, if your organization is currently in your recognition renewal period, you should still continue on as normal in updating and completing your annual Recognition Checklist requirements. If your organization was moved out of the renewal process preemptively, please contact the SOLAD office for support.

How were we placed in our quadrant?

  • The initial quadrant assignments for most of our 1300+ RSOs are based on survey data completed by student leaders of each organization in 2019. That survey collected information from the chief student leader about the activities, operations, and characteristics of the organization. Those responses were scored, and those scores designated the group as either high or low risk and high or low affiliation, which then placed them into the appropriate quadrant. So the quadrant assignments for most groups are based upon that survey data from your own student leaders. (For some organizations that either didn’t fill out the survey or were recognized after that time, staff condu