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The aims of this page are to provide:

  • Information about SOFC funding history in the interest of transparency

  • Context for student organization leaders as they go about making a funding request and planning for different events

  • Our committee with the information needed to fully understand how we are spending the Student Activities Fee

Fall 2020

Fall '20 was a semester like no other. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University put in place various restrictions for student organizations to keep our community safe. Many student organizations used online platforms to connect and, as a result, funding needs looked different than in the past.

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Many student organizations were able to bring speakers to talk with their groups, given the ease of connecting online; consequently, spending on speakers was the most funded line item of the semester.

While the "Other" line item is very general, it speaks to the various logistical needs of student organizations with the transition online. For example, some groups sent supplies to members so they could do a certain activity online while others requested funding for certain technological platforms and support services.

While UCAE restrictions prevented student organizations from catering, we did have one group that worked with Duke's administrative teams to ship non-perishable items to their members.

In addition to funding, SOFC also worked with several student leaders to help them launch their new student organizations. The following graphic depicts the type of groups that applied to SOFC to be Recognized or Chartered this Fall.

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SOFC Analysts, during their initial consultation with leaders of student organizations applying for SOFC Recognized or SOFC Chartered status, record their thoughts and initial insights on whether the groups have the foundations of a successful student organization.


Of the groups approved, we ran Python text analysis on the notes the Analysts wrote and found the following:

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Generally, successful groups were well prepared (see guidance and resources here), demonstrated significant community support through events and membership, and differentiated themselves from existing student organizations.

While being "prepared for [the] virtual environment" was one characteristic of a successfully approved group this Fall, there is by no means an expectation that all groups can adapt their programming to an online format.


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