It is recommended that student academic societies affiliate with some national or regional professional society associated with the discipline. In many cases, these national or regional professional societies will have a mechanism for the organization and governance of student chapters. For example, a student academic society of Psychology majors could affiliate with the American Psychological Association.
*Student academic societies are not primarily organized for recreational activities, parties, community service, or student support and well being. These may be an incidental part of what a student academic society might do, but not their primary focus. Student organizations whose primary purpose is recreational, social, or community service should be organized under the auspices of the BYU-Idaho Activities Program. Student organizations whose primary purpose is student well-being and support should be organized under the auspices of the BYU-Idaho Dean of Students.