Student Organization Policies and Practices

Student organizations at Princeton are meant to serve and to be led by current University students. With student leadership a core value of the Pace Center, student organizations sponsored by the Pace Center abide by the general University regulation and policies in the current edition of Rights, Rules and Responsibilities (RRR), Undergraduate Announcement, and specific policies set forth for student organizations recognized and supported by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students (ODUS). Expanding these policies are specific Pace Center practices that illuminate responsibilities of doing service well and doing no harm to community. 

Failure to abide by these policies and practices may result in revocation of your student organization recognition and sponsorship.


While engaged in advocacy and/or service on or off campus, individual students and the sponsored student organization as a group represent the University  and as such, the University’s principles of conduct. Students participating in a student organization must abide by the standards of conduct set forth by the University as stated in Rights, Rules Responsibilities (RRR). Individual or group misconduct, including but not limited to behaviors such as the following, will result in disciplinary review.

  • Disrupting organized activities at the University or other campuses
  • Threatening or endangering  in any way the personal safety or security of others
  • Intentionally damaging or defacing University property
  • Using University property for personal business
  • Misrepresenting the intentions of your student organization 
  • Misappropriating University resources 


Membership in student organizations sponsored by the Pace Center must be open to all currently enrolled Princeton students. To make service and civic engagement part of the Princeton student experience, a priority of the Pace Center is to foster inclusivity in service and to support the University’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and the principles of fairness and respect for all. Pace Center student organizations are asked to review the ODUS practices on Participation in Student Organizations.

Minors on Campus

In keeping with its educational and research mission, its commitment to service and the community, the University is dedicated to the welfare and safety of all individuals.The University has particular concern for minors who require special attention and protection. (A minor is defined as any individual under the age of 18 years old, who is not an enrolled college student (at Princeton or elsewhere), nor accepted for enrollment at Princeton University.) Many student organizations interact with minors while engaging in service with tutoring, mentoring and recreational activities most common among those on campus. Minors on campus must be supervised by adults at all times, with adults expected to follow appropriate standards of behavior when interacting with minors. If a parent or guardian is not present while conducting activities associated with your student organization, you are required to notify the Pace Center staff adviser immediately. Besides general practice with minors on campus, we will discuss emergency response protocol. If you are planning to have minors on campus, schedule a meeting with the Pace Center staff adviser to review and discuss standards of behavior, expectations of chaperones, trainings focused on working with minors, and reporting and emergency response protocol.

Freedom of Expression

The University is committed to free and open inquiry which inspires and supports learning through service. As members of the University community, students involved in Pace Center student organizations and their affiliated activities are expected to behave responsibly and respect the rights of others. To prepare for their advocacy and service engagement, students are asked to review the University’s Statement on Freedom of Expression.  

Protests, Demonstrations, and Peaceful Dissent

In its commitment to promote free expression, the University recognizes the right to acts of peaceful dissent, protests and demonstrations. Pace Center student organizations planning to engage in any of these activities must first notify their Pace Center staff adviser. The next step will be to seek approval  from ODUS for the location and scheduling of your activity. 

Political Activity

Under federal law, the University is "absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for [any] elective public office." Additionally, "no substantial part of the activities" of the University may be directed to influencing legislation. The University may not endorse, or provide or solicit financial or other support for candidates or political organizations. Pace Center student organizations are to review ODUS guidelines reflecting University guidelines before engaging in political activities.   


Any undergraduate or group of undergraduates who is planning overnight travel in support of their participation in a Pace Center student organization must schedule a meeting with the Pace Center staff adviser. Review of responsible and effective service, risk management and fiscal responsibility, among other topics, will be discussed along with additional resources to prepare you. All undergraduates embarking on University-sponsored and approved overnight travel must register their travel in Concur. For students planning travel within the U.S., review the Undergraduate Domestic Travel Checklist.  For students planning travel outside of the U.S., you are required to notify the Pace Center immediately as you start to plan your service project and trip. For international service and travel, your group will meet regularly with the Pace Center staff advisor and also be expected to attend recommended sessions and workshops offered by the University Office of International Affairs and Operations. Students planning to engage in international service as part of their student organizations should review the Student International Travel Resources website.