Guidelines and Funding Options

SMU student organizations are expected to comply with all SMU policies including "1.5: Use of University Name" which addresses student organization names.

Read Policy 1.5: Use of University Name

Undergraduate and graduate student organizations may not hold programs, events, or activities of any kind during periods designated as final exams or reading days on their school's respective academic calendar in order to support student academic success.

Signs and posters should:

  • Respect the rights of others, reflect responsible behavior, be conducive to the educational environment, and uphold the integrity of the University;
  • Bear the name of the sponsoring student organization or department;
  • Receive appropriate approval for each facility before being posted;
  • Follow Stake Sign Guidelines for signs placed on campus grounds.

Student Senate

  • Weekly Funding Requests may be submitted by any undergraduate student organization or individual student as long as the request benefits SMU and the student population and complies with the Student Senate Finance Committee Standards.
  • Semester budgets may be requested by chartered student organizations through the Student Senate Finance Committee. Organization leaders registered on Connect will receive information on this process via email from the Finance Chair.

Student Comptroller

Mothers' and Dads' Clubs

Grants are available for chartered student organizations from the Mothers’ and Dads’ Clubs via an annual application process. Organizations may submit an application via the Mothers’ and Dads’ Clubs application website, which opens at the beginning of the spring semester. If a student organization is awarded a grant, that funding is available for the upcoming academic year (beginning the summer immediately after the grant is awarded through the following fall and spring semesters). Grants range from $500-$2000 per organization.

Application Website

Presidents Commission on Substance Abuse Prevention

  • Charged with addressing substance abuse issues in the areas of education, prevention, enforcement, and assistance.
  • Events must occur after 10pm on a weekend night (Thur-Sun) and/or be focused on substance abuse prevention in nature.
  • Available to recognized student organizations
  • Applications open August 1 and close March 1 of each year

Student Affairs Special Funding

Implementation Workgroup on Sexual Misconduct Policies & Procedures

  • Helps campus uphold SMU's commitment to fostering a healthy and supportive environment, to holding members of the community accountable if they violate the rights of others, and to providing care and counseling to the victims of sexual misconduct.
  • Sole purpose of the activity must be centered around sexual violence prevention
  • Available to recognized student organizations 
  • Applications open August 1 and close March 1 of each year

Student Affairs Special Funding


Student organizations can fundraise for themselves and their activities. There are forms and processes both for raising funds (cash donations) and soliciting goods (donations of food, t-shirts, and other needed items).

Student Comptroller


Consult with your organization advisor. They may be aware of other opportunities particular to your organization.