Student Organization Advisor
All recognized student organizations are required to have an advisor who is a faculty or staff member at the university. Advisors are critical to the success of a student organization. They are active and involved to promote leadership; they advise the student organization by asking questions; they challenge students and support their efforts. Advisors assist in providing a platform for an organization to pass along valuable information. It may require spending some additional time and effort to work with student organizations, but by building a learning relationship with the students, advisors will promote and enhance student development. The advisor must be named in the space provided on the Register An Organization form and on the roster. If an organization is having difficulty finding an advisor, the Department of Student Life will assist in identifying someone for the group.
There are many benefits associated with becoming an advisor to a student organization. These include:
- The satisfaction of seeing and helping students learn and develop new skills.
- Watching a group come together to share common interests and work toward common goals and an understanding of differences.
- Furthering personal goals or interests by choosing to work with an organization that reflects one’s interests.
- Sharing one’s knowledge with others.
While serving as a student organization advisor, one can be as involved as one would like to be and as your schedule permits. Some general responsibilities of an advisor include:
- Attend meetings.
- Provide guidance to the officers.
- Review all financial statements and oversee financial transactions of the organization.
- Ensure that officers meet the minimum 2.5 GPA or possible higher GPA requirements according to their constitution.
- Provide consultation concerning membership selection procedures.
- Review and monitor the organizations presence on JagSync.