Advisor Expectations

Faculty/Staff advisors must be informed of general university policies, rules, and regulations applicable to student organizations. The advisor is strongly encouraged to fulfill the following expectations from the Office of Student Engagement. The advisor and students should negotiate responsibilities which include:

  • Assist students in developing strategies and goals that provide for member ownership, feedback, and involvement.
  • Know the student organization’s constitution, bylaws, and policies and assist the group in updating these documents and setting goals. Constitutions are available in the Office of Student Engagement and organization’s CampusLINK page.
  • Assist the student organization in program development and planning, including managing liability and risk.
  • Encourage the organization’s leaders to attend required Student Organization Orientation sessions leadership development opportunities, including those offered to MSU students through the Student Organization Leadership Development.
  • Encourage the officers and individual members to preserve the continuity of the group recording the group’s history and providing transition activities for new officers.
  • Encourage students to understand and apply democratic principles, including recognitions of minority opinions and rights.
  • Attend as many organization meetings and events as possible.
  • Articulate campus policies and procedures.
  • Be a facilitator among both officers and between officers and members.
  • Be familiar with national organizational structure and services, if relevant.
  • Be a resource for students especially in understanding university policies, regulations, and services.
  • Consult with other university departments when problems arise within the student organization.

Adapted from IUPUI, 5/2011

One of the most beneficial activities you can have with your student organization is figuring out the common expectations for one another. We included an Advisor Expectations Checklist in the Appendices with a guide on how to successfully apply the worksheet to the organization. It may be beneficial for the advisor and organization to write and sign an Expectation Contract that both parties can refer back to in difficult situations.