Although campus organizations vary in their needs and requirements, the following guidelines represent a general set of operating procedures for an advisor to a typical campus organization.
Facilitating decision-making procedures for achieving organizational purposes and objectives, an advisor to a campus organization provides guidance, information, general expertise, and leadership training.
Guidance. The advisor should help guide the organization:
- toward articulating and striving to achieve their purposes and objectives
- by meeting with the officer(s) of the organization
- toward helping define the respective duties and responsibilities of leadership
- in the decision-making process
- by providing aid and guidance toward achieving minimum University, regional, and national standards when information is available
Information. The advisor provides information:
- concerning various campus, State, and national rules, regulations, and obligations; however, the advisor is not responsible for the actions of the organization or its individual members.
- toward comprehending and interpreting pertinent rules, regulations, and laws potentially affecting the organization.
Expertise. The advisor lends expertise:
- as an intermediary between the organization and the University administration; for some groups this might also apply for State, and national affiliations.
- by aiding and assisting individual members when this is necessary, but representing the interests of the entire organization.
- to better define organizational purposes for achieving stated objectives within the administrative framework of the University and where applicable with regional and national affiliations.
- by avoiding being just one of the members of the group.
- by focusing on critical issues and concerns to better promote the goals and purposes of the group.
- through diplomacy, tact, and discretion, assist the group to resolve various contingencies as these arise.`
Leadership. The advisor encourages leadership:
- by encouraging individual members’ involvement in organizational, campus, and community leadership activities.
- by trying to assess potential leadership skills of individual members and, when possible, attempt to promote meaningful involvement within the organization itself, campus, regional, and national leadership roles.
- by limiting personal authority over the organization, so as to encourage the development of leadership skills within the membership.