Committee on Student Organizations

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The Committee on Student Organizations (CSO) was a university-wide administrative office which granted recognition and charters to student organizations. It appears to have fizzled out after the 1968 protests, when the office, then constructed as a 6-member student-faculty-administration committee, attempted to prohibit SDS from using university facilities to host an event the year after the protests. Not to be confused with the Columbia College Committee on Student Organizations, a student group empowered with the final authority to recognize a student group as a King's Crown Activity.

During the mid-1950s, the CSO was caught in the middle of a number of campus controversies - the movement to force fraternities to disavow bias clauses in their charters, and a student push to force the Senior Societies to submit themselves to regulation like all other student groups.

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