Student Clubs & Academic Societies

Student Clubs & Academic Societies

What is a Student Club?

Student clubs or groups are formally referred to as “recognized campus groups” at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Recognized campus groups are voluntary organizations that have “registered” or gained recognition from the Centre of Student Engagement. Recognition is based on the Policy on the Recognition of Campus Groups. Group leaders can apply for recognition through the Ulife website, as outlined here. Campus groups may include student groups that are focused on culture, advocacy, social justice, hobby, arts or much more. You may find a list of recognized campus groups on the Ulife website.

What is an Academic Society?

Academic societies are student-led groups that represent students within a particular department and have a specific academic focus. Nearly every academic department at the University of Toronto Mississauga is affiliated with an academic society whose goal is to engage students within the department, by contributing to the enrichment of student life as well as working to accomplish academic initiatives designed to connect with their student population. Many of these organizations seek recognition status under both Ulife as well as the UTMSU. For instance, there are various academic societies within the University of Toronto Mississauga Students' Union (UTMSU) that represent academic departments at the University, such as the Psychology Association of Undergraduate Students and Erindale (PAUSE) or Erindale Biology Society (EBS). 

Department Liaison Roles and Expectations

Benefits of a Department Liaison