About the Student Activities Office (SAO)

It’s very important that all student groups understand the Student Activities Office (SAO) and how they fit into the overall funding process at Brown!

What is SAO?

The Student Activities Office is a branch of Brown University (not student government) that oversees all student groups at Brown. SAO defines its responsibilities as:

  1. Student group and program support including event planning and coordination, advocacy for student group needs, coordination of University services that support student events and activities, management of risk and liability, and the provision of exceptional financial and customer service.

  2. Maintenance, renovation, and promotion of student-centered facilities including the Stephen Robert ‘62 Campus Center, TF Green Hall, Alumnae Hall, and Greek and Program House spaces.

  3. Advising using an individualized approach focused on experiential learning, accountability, and critical thinking. As creative partners, we work with students to help them accomplish their goals while navigating group dynamics, policies and procedures, and relationships with campus and community stakeholders.

  4. Leadership development focused on student and group development including peer-to-peer leadership, individual advising, and departmental programs such as BOLT, OWC, and Greek and Program House engagement.

  5. Community building including the provision of departmental events and programs as well as student event support to foster community and interactional diversity. As managers of multiple campus spaces, we work to ensure accessibility, safety, and to create opportunities for all members of the campus community to engage with each other.

Why do I need to care or know about SAO?

  1. There are lots of University rules that you need to follow! SAO is responsible for helping student groups navigate these rules. Failure to adhere to university rules can result in your group being deactivated or pushed down a category (meaning you lose access to UFB funds), or having your events canceled.

  2. SAO helps you access the funds that UFB approves! If you don’t understand SAO’s process for using UFB funds, there’s a chance that you won’t be reimbursed some or all of the money that you spent.