Auxiliary Organizations of the CSU
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What is an Auxiliary Organization?

Auxiliary organizations at the California State University (CSU) are non-profit organizations which are separate legal entities that operate pursuant to written operating agreement with the CSU Board of Trustees, have separate governing boards with close campus linkages and follow all legal and policy rules established by the CSU system and the respective campus Administration.

Auxiliary organizations were created to perform essential functions associated with a postsecondary educational institution, which under California law were difficult, cumbersome, or legally restricted for the university and were not supported by state funding. The California State University (CSU) established a network of supplemental services that complement the core academic programs at each campus and provide the full range of educational experiences expected by its students.

The activities of CSU auxiliary organizations can generally be classified into one or more of the following functions:

  • Student self-governance
  • Student body center/union/recreation center
  • Externally-supported research and sponsored programs, including workshops, institutes or conferences
  • Commercial services such as book stores or food service
  • Philanthropic activities, including acceptance of donor gifts

The function of the auxiliary organization may not be readily apparent by the name given to the organization.