All RSOs are required to have an advisor from among the faculty and staff here at Salisbury. It is an honor to be asked by an organization to serve as advisor, because it is an indication of the student’s trust respect for you. However, it is not an empty honor.
Serving as an advisor does require and carries a certain amount of responsibility and commitment to the RSO you are advising. These guidelines have been designed to assist you in understanding those responsibilities and commitments. While all groups vary in their expectations and needs, there are some basic guidelines to become a successful advisor:
Serve as a coach and educator to challenge the members of the RSO to live by the values of Salisbury University
Act as a resource for your RSO. Your experience in planning and organizing, as well as your broader knowledge of the University community, gives you a proficiency that you can share with the student leaders of your organization. Do not worry if you don’t know all the University’s policies and procedures, and don’t worry if you can’t answer all the questions the members of your organization will ask, that’s what the OSAOL is there for. However, you can provide significant direction for the members of your organization and help them get things accomplished within the University.
Become familiar with the purpose and structure of the RSO you are advising. The constitution and bylaws can help, but we recommend that you attend regular meetings and meet with the members on a regular basis so you fully understand what the organization does, and what your role(s) can be.
Learn the RSO’s financial structure. This is an important way you can help the members of the RSO you are advising. Very often advisors can, and do, assist in the development and implementation of their organization’s budget. Some questions to ask are:
- Does this RSO receive University funding? If, so, how and how much?
- Do members pay dues or do they raise money through fundraisers?
- How is the money used?
- Are there spending guidelines?
Attend big events. When RSOs plan events, we encourage advisors to attend any event that requires a Performance Permit, has over 100 attendees or might need University Police supervision. We encourage the advisor to be a part of the planning process as well, so that on the day of the event the advisor already knows all the details.
Accompany travel. Anytime an RSO travels, they need to be accompanied by an advisor. If you are unable to attend, please let the RSO know early on in the planning process so they are able to find a chaperone in your absence.
- The RSO may NOT travel if there is not a Salisbury University staff or faculty member in attendance.
- A graduate assistant is NOT able to chaperone in your absence.
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