The Student Organization Business Office (SOBO) provides financial assistance to all registered student organizations, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), and the Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) commissions and committees.

NOTICE: 

The Student Organization Business Office is located in IMU Room 157.  Appointments can be requested by contacting sobo@uiowa.edu for student organization deposits and credit card (p-card) checkouts.  All other business should be conducted through email and/or virtual conference meetings.  

Student Organization Expenses:

Credit card checkouts are available on an appointment-only basis. Email sobo@uiowa.edu with an attached credit card request form to schedule an appointment with a staff member at least 1 business day before your desired appointment day. Please ensure your Outlook calendar is up to date. Reimbursement, credit card request, and more forms can be found on our SOBO Forms page. Email approval from an account signer in place of a signature is sufficient. We are not using paper forms until further notice (except for deposit forms).

Members have the option spend personal funds and seek reimbursement from the student organization, allowing for student organization business to be completed without any required trips to the IMU. Keep in mind University Purchasing rules still apply (i.e. printing/copying, personal supplies, hazardous materials, etc.). Find out more by reviewing Policies Affecting Student Organizations

Please contact us for advice before service agreements/purchases, purchases over $5000, or any unique purchase request. 

Of special note: the University is currently prohibiting any items that qualify as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from being purchased with a P-card or paid as a reimbursement. These items are required to be purchased through the University Purchasing department, which has centralized procurement and distribution across campus. If you need any of these items, you should e-mail SOBO (sobo@uiowa.edu) to arrange an order. The list of restricted items is as follows: 

  • Masks -- N95, N95 NOISH, KN95, Surgical or isolation masks, etc.
  • Gloves – Latex, Nitrile, Disposable, etc.
  • Face Shields
  • Disinfectant wipes for cleaning – i.e. Virex 256, bleach, Clorox wipes, etc.
  • Hand Sanitizer
Student Organization Deposits:
Collecting money: 

We are encouraging student organizations to collect money safely with proper social distancing. This may include collecting money by electronic means, mail, or meetings that comply with recommended health and safety guidelines.  

Statement on collecting money by electronic means:

Third party electronic money collection services such as Venmo, PayPal, etc. are not authorized to be set up or advertised using the name or email address of a student organization or the University of Iowa and cannot be linked to a University account. Individuals using 3rd party electronic money collection services for personal use should proceed at their own risk and be aware of the possibility of theft or loss, and the potential for tax liability for the individual collecting the money.

Deposit by appointment:

Contact sobo@uiowa.edu to schedule an appointment to deposit cash and/or checks made out to the student organization. Please ensure your Outlook calendar is up to date and describe your planned deposit. It is recommended that you count the cash and endorse the back of each check with your student organization’s name and “for deposit only” before your appointment. 

Deposit by mail (checks only; do not mail cash):

Checks made payable to your student organization can be mailed to:

Student Organization Business Office
Attn: Lisa
157 Iowa Memorial Union
Iowa City, IA 52242

We will continue to provide updates as recommended health guidelines and office procedures change. Please e-mail sobo@uiowa.edu with all questions and requests.

Commonly used student resources:

Services Include:

  • The main interface through which all financial paperwork for organizations must be approved
  • Continual assistance to organizations in the interpretation of university financial policies and regulations
  • Assistance in the financial planning of programs and events
  • Monthly University and Year-To-Date reports
  • A financial learning resource for student org treasurers      

Contact SOBO:

E-mail: sobo@uiowa.edu

Phone: 319-335-3065

In-person: 157 IMU, appointment recommended

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