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.
familiar with the purpose and structure of the RSO you are
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
Does this RSO receive University funding? If, so, how and
- Do members pay
dues or do they raise money through fundraisers?
- How is the money
- Are there
• 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.
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
travel if there is not a
Salisbury University staff or faculty member in attendance.
- A graduate
NOT able to
chaperone in your absence.
Planning Guide- This guide is a great
resource for the processes used in the Office of Student
Activities. If you find you have a question that is
not mentioned in this guide, please feel free to contact
Morgan Merkel for further assistance.
RSO Paperwork- Each semester we ask RSOs to fill out the
RSO Paperwork link. This helps us keep our records
current, and allows us to show the correct information.
This information will be reflected on the
List of RSOs page.
RSO Recognition Status- If you are unsure as to whether
your organization is recognized, de-recognized, or on the
brink of de-recognition, this link provides an itemized list
of what events have and have not been completed by each RSO.
RSO Recognition Process- If your organization has become
de-recognized, and you are interested in becoming
re-recognized, or if you are interested in starting an
organization, this link will provide you with a step by step
guide through each of those processes.
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