Student Organization Funding

Student organizations seeking funding from Student Council must apply for recognition and submit proposed budgets every academic year. Budgets for student groups approved by Student Council are funded by the Student Activities fee that is included in tuition for medical students and a corresponding contribution from the Graduate School. As such, this funding is to support activities among medical and graduate students at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

A full list of student organizations recognized by Student Council can be found HERE.

COVID19 Infection Prevention Guidelines:

The following guidelines pertain to student gatherings for interest groups, club meetings, affinity groups and other extracurricular activities this fall. These guidelines may change as the COVID19 pandemic evolves. They are in place to mitigate infection risk, decrease the chance of exposure, and limit the need for contact tracing and disruption of your academic progress:

Gatherings must have the following:

  • Participants must attest to standard school guidelines of not having traveled from a ‘hot spot’ (see New York State Travel Advisory) in the last 14 days, not being symptomatic, nor having an exposure to a known positive person
  • Participants must comply with daily symptom tracker protocol
  • Participants must wear masks at all times
  • Participants must maintain 6 feet of distance from other participants
  • Only 10 participants can gather at one time, per Mount Sinai Health System guidelines (Lectures, Events, and Meetings Policy)
  • Hand hygiene should be frequent and thorough
  • Space must be cleaned before and after use
  • Outdoor activities are preferable but do not obviate the need to adhere to all infection prevention guidelines
  • If food is served, it must be packaged in individual containers. Participants must remain at least 6 feet apart while eating and masks must be replaced promptly after eating. Food cannot be served in spaces that do not permit food such as laboratories.
  • Attendance (name and contact information) must be documented so that participants can be quickly assessed for contact tracing purposes

These guidelines are in place as a reference to student leaders, student group faculty advisors and others who are involved in extracurricular programming.

Budget and Funding Policies:

Applying for Student Group Funding

If your organization has previously been recognized by Student Council, or is seeking recognition for the first time, it must submit an annual budget that will be considered by the treasurers. All student groups must apply every year to be recognized by Student Council and for funding using this form.

Checking your Group’s Remaining Funding

You can check the funding level of your group HERE. If this doesn’t answer your question, please email student.treasurer@icahn.mssm.edu.

Funding Policies

All student group budgets start on September 1st and run for a full year. All funding requests should adhere to current policies, which can be downloaded here.  Please keep in mind that these policies are intended as a floor, not a ceiling, and that we want to help student groups spend funding in new and creative ways. These same guidelines apply to funding for Student Council program representatives. The policies are:

Also note the following:

  1. Only purchases for events held in the current fiscal year (i.e. from Sept. 1st, 2020 to Aug. 31st, 2021) can be reimbursed from the current year’s budget. Any events held after Aug. 31st, 2021 must be reimbursed from next year’s budget, NOT the 2020-2021 budget. This rule applies to all spending, regardless of the date you purchase your items, the date you apply for reimbursement, or the date you receive reimbursement from MedEd.
  2. Budgets do not roll over from year to year.
  3. Sales tax is not reimbursable. Please show the Mount Sinai Tax Exempt Form to any vendors you intend to purchase items from.
  4. Due to most events having to be virtual, MedEd finance will reimburse for Seamless or UberEats gift cards for events, but they will need to purchase them directly on their end and send the codes to you. As a result, they will need to receive requests 2 weeks prior to the event date in order to fulfill them in time. Please contact us first with ample time to ensure this process can be completed in time.
  5. Venmo cannot be accepted as a receipt.
  6. Purchases related to travel expenses are subject to additional rules. Email student.treasurer@icahn.mssm.edu prior to making these purchases so that we can ensure they are reimbursable.

If you ever have any questions about whether a purchase is refundable, reach out to student.treasurer@icahn.mssm.edu prior to making the purchase so you don’t end up out of money.

Pre-Approved Vendors:

It is possible for Medical Education to pay certain vendors in advance of events. This means that students can avoid having large charges on their credit cards or bank statements while waiting for reimbursements. However, this requires submitting an invoice/quote at least two weeks in advance of the event. If you are purchasing:

Supplies: Almost anything that can be ordered through Office DepotAmazon, or Fresh Direct can be purchased ahead of time.

  • Make sure the items you need are available and take a screenshot/picture of the order and price.
  • Send this screenshot/picture, along with the order link, to student.treasurer@icahn.mssm.edu at least two weeks in advance of the event.
  • The payment will then be processed by Medical Education and you can pick up your supplies.

Food and Food Delivery App Vouchers: We have an agreement with certain restaurants in the neighborhood whereby food can be purchased ahead of time. Alternatively, if you would like Med Ed to purchase Seamless/Uber Eats gift codes to distribute to your event’s attendees, please make sure to submit requests at least two weeks in advance by emailing the student treasurer. Contact us with any questions.

  • To order UberEats voucher codes, please email student.treasurer@icahn.mssm.edu with the total number of gift codes and individual $ amounts for delivery app voucher purchases, at least two weeks in advance of the event.
  • If ordering from a restaurant, check to see if the restaurant is on this list. If not, let us know and we can try to have it added.
  • Please complete the request form, including the approximate amount for the food purchase.
  • Upon approval of the request, you will receive further instructions from Medical Education.
  • Please see here for information on additional local East Harlem vendors to use for your events!

Reimbursements:

If you do not have enough advance time or there is another extenuating circumstance, you can always make the purchase directly and then submit for a reimbursement. Please note that only medical or graduate students can be reimbursed for expenses paid to vendors with itemized receipts. If you are seeking a reimbursement:

Prior to Making a Purchase:

  • Check your group’s funding, which is available HERE. If your group has insufficient funding for the purchase, you will not be reimbursed.
  • Check the date of your event. Make sure that it falls before September 1st, 2021, otherwise it will not be reimbursed from the 2020-2021 budget.
  • Note that we cannot reimburse sales tax. Show the Mount Sinai Tax Exempt Form to vendors to avoid paying sales tax on your purchase.
  • If you are on Sinai payroll, please do not use your payroll card for any purchases over $200 as these can’t be reimbursed.
  • Make sure to ask for an itemized receipt.
  • Save your receipts.
  • Add your event to the Student Activities calendar. More information on that process can be found here. Make sure to advertise your event twice to the student-events listserv as required in the funding guidelines.

After Making a Purchase:

  • Save your receipts until the day you have your money back. For receipts totaling over $200 (even if you are being reimbursed for less), you need a credit card statement with your (A) Name, (B) Last 4 digits, and (C) Charge with date.
  • Fill out this form, which will require the receipt and a credit card statement, if necessary. This should be submitted within four weeks of the purchase. You will receive confirmation when your form has been submitted and after it’s been approved.
  • The student treasurers will approve your request and send it to Medical Education for further processing, which will take two-three weeks. If the reimbursement is less than or equal to $200 you will pick up petty cash vouchers from the front desk in the Medical Education Department, Annenberg 13-30, which you can then bring to the cashier on the Annenberg MC level (you will need to include original receipts for this). If it is greater than $200, you will receive a check from Medical Education directly or direct deposit if you are on a stipend. Reimbursements over $200 will likely take three-four weeks.

Prospective Organizations

New Groups Applying for Recognition/Funding

To receive recognition/funding from Student Council, groups must be recognized by Student Council and propose a budget. To begin this process, please fill out this application.

Some things you will need to think about before this process are:

  • What do you want to do?
  • What kinds of activities are you holding? For whom? How many times a semester?
  • Is there a group that already does what you do? Would it be more appropriate to be a branch of that group? Why or why not?
  • Do you want funding? How much?
  • How will you ensure that shared resources are maintained from year to year?
  • Do you have a faculty advisor? (You will need one to be recognized.)
  • Have you made a website on WebCommons? If not, do so here.
  • Have you set up an email?

The Student Treasurers will process your application and Student Council will decide whether to provide funding.

Hosting Events

Before hosting an event, reach out to student.treasurer@icahn.mssm.edu to see if Student Council might already have some items needed for your event. For example, Student Council has some tables and other items that can be used by Student Groups.

You can reserve a room on Annenberg 12 or 13 here.  Other room reservation information can be found on Blackboard under “Student Resources”.

Please contact student.treasurer@icahn.mssm.edu with any questions — this email is constantly monitored and you will get a prompt response.

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