Membership Policy2018-06-22T14:41:06+00:00

Membership requirement & exception policies

for presenters at NIRSA conferences and institutes

Adopted September 10, 2006 by NIRSA Board of Directors

Membership Requirement Policy

  • Lead presenters and co-presenters for all educational sessions must hold current professional, life professional, emeritus, student, or associate NIRSA member status at the time of submission of the presentation proposal through the event.
  • All confirmed lead presenters and co-presenters must register for the conference prior to the start of the event.

Exceptions to Membership & Registration Requirement Policy

  • An exception to the policy may be requested by a NIRSA member lead presenter for a non-member co-presenter if they meet one of the following three categories:
    • Is not a collegiate recreation professional.
    • Is not employed within a collegiate recreation setting (even if employed by a college, university, etc., that has a collegiate recreation program).
    • Is not a full-time or part-time student enrolled in a leisure studies, recreation, collegiate recreation, or related academic program.
  • Complimentary conference registration will be provided to allow eligible exempt presenter(s) to attend ‘same day’ educational sessions. If eligible exempt presenters are interested in attending additional days, then they will be required to register.
  • Submitting the Presenter Exemption Request Form by the presentation proposal deadline is required for full consideration.
  • Consideration for requests will be based on budget and membership considerations by NIRSA’s Executive Director or a designee.

Note: Corporate entities and other vendors are ineligible for an exception to the policy.

To Request an Exemption to the Membership Policy

To request an exemption to the membership policy please submit this form.


Get more information

Contact NIRSA Professional Development Coordinator John Raskauskas for more information.