AN introduction

A Contracted Independent Organization (CIO) is an officially recognized student organization that has entered into the CIO agreement with the University. CIOs are not affiliated with the University or any of its departments and are liable for themselves. Recognition as a CIO provides certain benefits, including the ability to reserve meeting space on grounds, the right to advertise at the Student Council Fall and Spring Activities Fairs, the ability to request storage space on Grounds, and the potential eligibility to apply for Student Activity Fee funding through Student Council.  Any group of students can assemble and form a club, but only CIO status can grant formal recognition and confer the aforementioned benefits.

To Register a New Organization:

  1. Go to

  2. Sign in on the top right with your UVA Account.

  3. Click Organizations on the top left tabs.

  4. On the left side, under the search bar, click “Register an Organization”.

  5. On the bottom of the page, click “Register an New Organization”. If there is no link to that, check the Application Dates. The link will only be visible during application rounds. If the link is not visible and the application round is currently open, please reach out to

For further information on the Organizations Recognition Process, please click on the links below:



Below you will find the CIO Agreement, to which all organizations seeking CIO status pledge to abide, and a constitution template that may serve as an optional template for organizations structuring their governing document.