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The Do's and Don'ts of being an Adviser:

Do:

 

  1. Read the RSO Handbook: This document holds important information about how clubs operate, and you members may ask you about it.
  2. Help your club: Assist with the programming, travel plans, and finances of your club.
  3. Be Available: Be someone that the club officers and members know that they can regularly meet with.
  4. Be Educated: As an adviser, you help the club keep in compliance with the University's policies and state laws, as well as procedures to prevent future risks. You should feel confident enough to help train the new club leadership.
  5. Keep Open Communication: Keeping an open dialogue with your club members, and especially with Club Alliance and the Student Union, is important to your club achieving success.

Don't:

 

  1. Micromanage: There is a fine line between advising and supervising your club. While you need to be involved and in the loop, you should not take control or dictate to the club leadership what they do. An adviser does just that: advises.
  2. Criticize the Club in Public: If you have concerns about a club member or officer, pull them off to the side to discuss the situation. Do not embarrass them or criticize them in front of their peers.
  3. Let Conflicts get Out of Hand: As an adviser, it is you duty to help mediate conflicts as they occur within the club.
  4. Be Silent: Remember, as an adviser you can speak up during discussion when you have helpful, relevant information.
  5. Discourage Creativity: Keep an open mind and judgement-free environment where your students can feel that they can come up with new ideas.