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Expectations of Advisors

Education, the central goal of a university environment, takes place in many different ways. One way is through co-curricular involvement. Educators facilitate learning in different ways as well. Role modeling and mentoring are two very important modes of helping people learn. The advisor helps the student take full advantage of co-curricular learning and serves as a role model and mentor for members of student organizations.

Requirements of Student Organization Advisors

  1. An advisor must be a full time faculty or staff member of Emory University.
  2. Advisors should be fully acquainted with all policies and procedures surrounding student organizations as well as the material in the Eagle Source. Specifically, policies and procedures surrounding contracts/speakers, travel, volunteer activities and alcohol (found in the Eagle Source).
  3. Advisors may need, as possible, to attend the various functions of their student organization held after normal business hours. This certainly depends on the nature of the event. Please work with your student organization leaders and seek advice from the Office of Student Leadership & Service staff if you are unsure if your attendance is needed.
  4. Advisors should consider attending occasional workshops offered by the Office of Student Leadership & Service to remain abreast of current policies.

Responsibilities of Student Organization Advisors

  1. Take an active role in advising the student organization.
  2. Know the general purpose of the student organization and be familiar with all provisions outlined in the organization’s constitution and by-laws.
  3. Meet with the organization president or officers on a regular basis (at least twice each month is recommended as the minimum requirement for really active organizations; less is acceptable for groups more oriented to discussion or professional networking as opposed to event planning).
  4. Remain informed of activities sponsored by the student organization.
  5. Establish with the student organization president the manner and frequency in which the advisor will participate in the organization’s activities; i.e., programs, social events, and meetings. Just be on the same page about what your role should be with your organization's president.
  6. Offer guidance to the organization on risk management, goal setting, organization management, program planning, problem solving, and group evaluation.
  7. Report to the Office of Student Leadership and Service any activities that may or will violate University policies.

In assuming the role of student organization advisor, it is inherent that the advisor has accepted and agreed to fulfill these responsibilities in the manner listed below.