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ing of tobacco products for research purposes will be allowed only if smoke is controlled in a manner approved by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, as is necessary for all research that involves laboratory air contaminants. 2. Tobacco, tobacco products or simulated tobacco products may be used for classroom instruction, ed-ucation and artistic purposes. However, smoking of tobacco products is not allowed for these purposes. A special exception may be made for cultural activi-ties by American Indians that are in accordance with the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, 42 USC sections 1996 and 1996a, which allow for the use of ceremonial tobacco. All ceremonial use exceptions must be approved in advance by the Provost or des-ignee and, in the case of smoking, by the University Fire Marshall. 3. Tobacco company participation in recruitment ac-tivities (i.e. job fairs, on-campus interviews, informa-tion sessions, etc.) must be approved by the Career Center or appropriate university official from that area to ensure compliance with university policy to ensure signage, postings and use of company logo is appropriate. Regulations for Campus Organizations I. General Since USC Upstate recognizes that co-curricular activities form an important part of the overall educational experience of students, the University promotes and regulates the activities of student organizations. The University provides the use of its name and physical facilities, contributes faculty time for advice and counsel and encourages develop-ment of student government and organizations. The registration of student organizations is coordinated through the Office of Student Life, located in the Campus Life Center, suite 210. II. Definition A student organization is defined as any group or organization that admits USC Upstate students to its membership, whose programs or activities affect student welfare, or which uses campus facilities in the operation of its programs. The activities of registered student organizations will be confined to activities covered by the statement of purpose in the organiza-tion’s constitution. USC Upstate student organizations should serve to enhance the educational mission of the University. They must show promise of promoting the academic, personal and social development of their members while making a positive contribution to the University and local community. III. Hazing Policy Hazing by individuals or organizations is prohib-ited at USC Upstate. Any action or situation created to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment,ridicule, or humiliation is considered hazing. For the full text of the University’s Hazing policy, please visit the Dean of Students’ website. IV. Membership Active membership in registered student organizations shall be limited to persons officially connected with the University as faculty, staff or students. To be an officer of a student organization, a student must have earned at least a 2.0 grade point ratio on a minimum of 12 hours at USC Upstate. A 2.0 GPA is also required for editorial positions on USC Upstate publications. Officers of all organizations must be in good academic and behavioral standing with the University. Students must be in good behavioral standing with the University and have a 2.0 GPA to travel or represent the University or a registered University organization. Discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, and sexual orientation is a violation of federal and state law and University of South Carolina System policies and is not permitted in policy or practice. V. Advisors and Staff Faculty and staff members are available to advise student organizations. Every student organization is required to have an advisor who is registered with the Office of Student Life. The advisor’s purpose is to aid the organization, to provide an educational experience for its members, and to assist organizations in complying with USC Upstate regulations and policies. The advisor is selected by the organization and then approved by the Office of Student Life. VI. Registration To function as a part of the University rather than as an outside organization of citizens, a student organiza-tion must be registered with the Office of Student Life. Only registered student organizations are permitted to use the name and facilities of USC Upstate. When an organization does this, it accepts regulation by the University. Registration as a student organization may be withdrawn for violation of University regulations. A. Required Documentation Each chartered organization wishing to maintain its registration status must register annually every spring semester with the Office of Student Life. This documentation includes the Annual Registration Form and the Advisor Statement of Support Form. . Both documents are available via The Agora/OrgSync 1‘5146 - ‘17 Student Handbook 150


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