Finding an Advisor for Your Student Organization
Each registered Kansas State University student organization is required to have an advisor who is a full-time member of the faculty, staff or administration. A student organization that does not have an advisor may be declared defunct until an advisor is confirmed.
Why have an advisor?
An advisor serves as a resource for you, other officers, and the organization. He/she has many “hats to wear” and has an interest in the activities of your group. This person is:
- A historian of past activities and decisions which were made;
- An advocate, informant, or source of counsel for making decisions;
- A resource for understanding University policies and procedures (they may be able to help you complete tasks more efficiently);
- A respected friend.
Responsibilities of advisors
- Have a concern for the on-going function of the organization. This can be most easily accomplished by regularly attending executive board and organizational meetings, thus establishing continuity from year to year.
- Be concerned about developing the leadership skills of members, particularly the executive board, by discussing and helping to analyze group interactions and decision making.
- Be aware of the goals and directions of the organization and help the members evaluate their progress toward these goals.
- Advise the organization’s president on University policies and procedures in the areas of scheduling, purchasing, organizing public events/broadcasts, etc.
- Advise the organization’s officers regarding the operations of the organization.
- Certify academic eligibility of all officers.
- Advise the members on financial matters.
- For more advisor resources please visit the "For Advisors" page.