Accreditation is a seal of approval for student groups that meet a number of important criteria. As a result of accreditation, groups receive various benefits.
Benefits of Accreditation
These benefits are available to groups once they are accredited:
- Public relations support
- usage of the label “Accredited at TUM” (however, rights to use the TUM logo are not granted)
- listing via the Student Representation’s website
- in coordination with the Student Representation’s PR Department: opportunity to share content via the SV's social media channels
- usage of the info screens or mensa screens (depending on availability)
- Technical support
- receipt of mail via the Student Representation (you will be informed by e-mail when you receive mail, which must be picked up promptly!)
- in coordination with the Computer Department of the MPIC departmental student council: storage space and mail services
- according to availability: support with projects
- Ability to apply for special room usage privileges and funds
- according to availability: Organization of seminars at the Akademiezentrum Raitenhaslach (subsidized via central tuition substitution funds)
- ability to apply to be selected as a StudiTUM group
- ability to apply for the Projektförderung durch die Freunde der TUM e. V. (contact person: Dr. Julia von Mendel)
Non-benefits of accreditation
The following benefits are not a result of accreditation.
- Financial support
- Ability to book rooms at TUM
- Rooms can be rented. Please use the “self-disclosure” form provided by the TUM Center for Study and Teaching through which an exemption from rental costs can be verified. Certain incidental costs (e. g. heating, cleaning, electricity) must still be paid.
- Accreditation may help increase your chances to be exempted from rental costs, but it is not mandatory.
- Ability to book rooms at the StudiTUMs
- You must additionally be granted StudiTUM privileges for this.
Requirements for Accreditation
To be eligible for accreditation, student groups should:
- work for the public good (provide aid to people in need etc.),
- improve quality of student life on or off campus, and/or
- provide students with topics related to study programs offered at TUM
- Applications must be sufficiently detailed to allow for substantial discussion
- Groups must have at least five members who are enrolled at TUM
- Groups must have a non-profit character
- Groups must actively present themselves to TUM students and do public relations work; it is not enough to work within the group. In particular, there should be at least one event per semester that the group organizes or in which the group participates with an external impact (e. g. information booth, concert, party etc. )
Groups must not:
- missionize or explicitly promote ideologies
- missionize or explicitly promote religions
- discriminate against individuals or groups or their beliefs
- support extremist positions
- be influenced by extremist organizations
- be influenced by organizations with questionable loyalty to federal basic law
- Groups are not required to disclose their finances.
- There is no recommended legal form. Many student groups are organized as registered associations (e. V.), others have no legal form at all. Intermediate stages are possible, too: there are accredited local committees of larger associations as well as accredited project groups that are part of a registered association based in Munich.
The Council of Student Representatives (FSR) may grant and revoke accreditation. All TUM Students can submit an application for accreditation via the wiki page. The application deadline is is 8 days before the next meeting of the TUM Student Council (find meeting dates here). After submitting the completed form, you will be contacted. If there are any questions, please contact the Appointees for Student Groups.
Groups must introduce themselves at a FSR meeting in order to be accredited. A short presentation (approx. 5-10 min) can be helpful, but is not mandatory.
The FSR may reject groups without justification. An accreditation may be withdrawn by the FSR at any time; the Chair additionally has the possibility to withdraw it on a preliminary basis.
Duties of Accredited Student Groups
Accredited university groups must continue to meet the requirements for accreditation. This requirement is reviewed at least once a year: by a central deadline (September 30), accredited university groups must submit an annual accountability report. If this deadline is missed, accreditations are usually withdrawn.
The Student Representation should always be provided with an up-to-date email address, the current name of the group, and a legally responsible person (e.g. an association executive). University groups should proactively send this information to the Appointees in case of changes.
Furthermore, university groups must promptly communicate changes of the legal form of the group (association foundation, amendment of the statutes, association dissolution etc.) to the Appointees.