Announcement

2018 Spring Activities Fair Registration Now Open!

Registration Now Open!

Register now for the 2018 Spring Activities Fair here! Registration will be open until January 5, 2018 at 5pm. This deadline is final, and priority will be given to SAC Groups due to space restrictions. Please see below for the details about the fair -

Date/Time: January 14, 2018 from 11am until 2pm Location: Houston Hall Registration Link: tinyurl.com/SACSpringFair2018

Please note that new for this year, SAC will be requiring groups to submit a one-page description of their organization and club recruitment procedures. Clubs must indicate compliance with the SAC Club Recruitment Guidelines (as of December 2017). Instructions, template, and a sample one-page description can be found below. Please direct any questions to 2018 Spring Activities Fair Directors, Kevin Myers and Emily Su (sacfair@sacfunded.net)!

SAC Club Recruitment Guidelines

As a part of our initiative in partnership with the Undergraduate Assembly and the Office of Student Affairs, SAC has adopted guidelines for club recruitment that we will require all clubs abide by. Many clubs' recruitment procedures will be unaffected by these guidelines, and we aim to have them serve as a guide to ensure that new students are made as comfortable as possible by the club recruitment process. They are still in progress and deliberation by the SAC Executive Board, and as of now compliance will be a requirement for registration for the Activities Fairs.

The guidelines can be found here.

2017 New Group Recognition

SAC is now accepting applications for SAC recognition.

Eligible student organizations must have existed and been registered on G.O. Penn for at least one calendar year, have a primary mission that is unique from existing SAC-recognized student organizations, prove sustainability through multiple board transitions, and demonstrate a need for SAC funding within existing guidelines. (For more details, see our recognition policies.)

To apply, send a completed application (below) to newgroup@sacfunded.net along with the required documents. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until November 15th at 11:59 p.m. Late applications will not be considered. Eligible organizations will meet with SAC's Executive Board for interviews before the December GBM. We ask that applying groups keep November 16th and 30th between 5-9PM  available for said interviews.

The New Group Recognition form can be found here.

How to Prepare for the New School Year

If you are a SAC-recognized group or are looking to become SAC-recognized, there are several steps you should take in order to best prepare yourself.

  1. Register your student group on Groups Online at Penn (G.O. Penn). You can find instructions on how to do so on our General FAQs page.
  2. Sign up for the Fall Activities Fair. You do not have to be a SAC-recognized group in order to participate, you just need to be registered on G.O. Penn. If you are on the Listserv, you will receive an email from SAC Exec in August with information on how sign up for a table. If you aren't yet on the Listserv, you can sign up here. Otherwise, you can check on our website and we will have a "Updates" post on the homepage with information about sign ups.

Budgets & Allocations 2017-18

If you submitted an annual budget for the 2017-18 academic year, you should have met with your SAC Exec group for a budget interview. Student organizations that fail to show up for a budget interview surrender their right to appeal SAC Exec's recommendation during the April GBM.

Timeline for Budget & Allocations (B&A) Process:

  • 4/3 - Budgets briefs released
  • 4/12 - Budget appeals due at 11:59 p.m.
  • 4/17 - Budget appeal decisions released
  • 4/20 - April GBM

2016 New Group Recognition

*SAC is no longer accepting applications at this time.*

Eligible student organizations must have existed on Penn's campus for at least one calendar year, have a primary mission unique from existing SAC-recognized student organizations, and demonstrate a need for SAC funding within existing guidelines. (For more details, see our Policies.)

To apply, send the attached application to newgroup@sacfunded.net along with a constitution, list of members, list of activities, and list of historical expenditures. Applications will remain open until November 14th at 5 p.m. Late applications will not be considered. Eligible student organizations will meet with SAC's Executive Board for further discussion.

2016-17 Budget Appeals

Budget appeals are due on Wednesday, April 13th at 11:59 PM.

If you believe that your group's budget has been insufficiently funded, submit an appeal to appeals@sacfunded.net. For each line item, include:

1) The original amount requested for the item 2) The amount approved by SAC Exec 3) The amount for which you are appealing

Please also include explanations, clarification, documentation, and cost quotes as necessary. The appeals process provides you with an opportunity to emphasize a point or elucidate details regarding your initial annual budget request. Your SAC Exec Liaison will contact you with our updated recommendation by April 18th. If you are unsatisfied with our decision, you may appeal it before the General Body at the April GBM.

SAC Moratorium Update

After evaluating SAC's finances for the 2013-2014 academic year, the SAC Executive Board will be recommending a partial lift of the new group moratorium at the September 2014 GBM.

The moratorium will be lifted for student organizations that fall into all SAC categories except for Arts. Retaining the moratorium on new Arts groups will allow SAC and PAC to continue to work on a sustainable system for funding facilities costs. Additional details can be found in our Daily Pennsylvanian op-ed. At the October GBM, the General Body will vote on the proposal.