It is up to the organization and the advisor to establish involvement expectations. This is mutually decided and determined in Advisor Agreement



  • Provide continuity with the history and tradition of past years
  • Head off situations that might cause poor public relations
  • Provide advice when called upon
  • Clarify university policies
  • Mediate any group disputes

Group Growth:

  • Teach the techniques and responsibilities of being a good leader
  • Coach the officers in the principles of good organizational practice
  • Teach the elements of effective group operation
  • Develop procedures and plans for actions
  • Keep the group focused on its goals
  • Stimulate or even initiate activities and programs

Program Content:

  • Introduce new program ideas
  • Provide opportunities for the practice of classroom-acquired skills
  • Help the group to apply principles and concepts learned in the classroom
  • Point out new perspectives and directions to the group
  • Supply expert knowledge and insights of experience

Student Organizations responsibilities to their advisor include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Establish and share a job description for the advisor that clearly defines their responsibilities and lines of communication anticipated. 
  • Notify the advisor of all meetings, activities, and establish an organization meeting attendance schedule, which is mutually agreed upon by the advisor and the student organization. 
  • Provide copies of meeting minutes in a timely manner. 
  • Meet regularly with the advisor to discuss organization matters. 
  • Consult the advisor prior to making significant changes to the structure of the organization. 
  • Consult the advisor when any significant organization policy changes are made. 
  • Show respect and value for the advisor. 
  • Consider all advice and guidance provided with an open mind and a sincere interest for improvement of daily operational and special event/activity needs. 

Advisor responsibilities to the student organization include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Communicate clearly which meetings, activities, and programs you will be attending.
  • Consistently check in with student leaders to ask how to be helpful.
  • Stay connected and updated on the budget of the student organization.
  • Respond to concerns from any member of the Student Involvement Office.
  • Respect and keep an open mind while providing feedback to students.
  • Serve as an advocate for students in the organization. 
  • Provide resources for event planning including awareness of university, state, and federal laws to consider when event planning.
  • Report any students of concern (mental, physical health) to the appropriate departments.

Student Involvement Office


Office Hours

M-F 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.