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Faculty Handbook: Role and Responsibility of an Advisor of a Student Organization

The advisor is integral to a student organization. The advisor's primary function is to advise, counsel and be an active resource person for student clubs and organizations. A faculty member or administrator may serve as advisor to a club or organization indefinitely. Class advisors, however, are appointed for a four-year period. Advisors report to the Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development and are encouraged to consider the following in preparation for this role.

Leadership Development

Advisors should offer students opportunities to be self-initiating and to exercise judgment with autonomy in social, educational, cultural, spiritual and recreational activities. An advisor should be reasonably passive and the student members should be the primary influence on the group's activities. As needed, guidance should be offered as the direction of the group is determined. Student leaders should be encouraged to participate in the formal leadership development educational programs sponsored by the Student Activities and Leadership Development Office each semester.

Enthusiasm

Advisors should understand and support the value of co-curricular involvement in a students' total education. Advisors should encourage and assist members to gain leadership and other skills of lifelong value from such involvement.

Time Commitment

Advisors should be available to the group as needed and attend the organization's on and off-campus meetings and social functions as requested.

Campus Policies

Advisors are expected to support all University policies. Advisors must understand the club's constitution and procedural matters related to University guidelines for activities on and off campus.

 


Mary T. Gardier Paterson, Esquire | Secretary of the University | paterson@marywood.edu