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Advisor Tips

Advisor Role and Responsibilities

  • Help your students balance their co-curricular activities while still being academically successful.
  • Remain available to the officers and members to answer questions.
  • Maintain the organization through leadership.
  • Connect the club with different resources on campus.
  • Recognize the leaders for their hard work.
  • Inform the group when a decision violates an objective, bylaw, code, standing, rule, or university policy.
  • Step in when the organization faces problems.
  • Maintain your role as an advisor by being both a leader and a friend.
  • Keep open communication within the club.
  • Be a role model to the students in the organization.

Do's and Don'ts

  • Read the RSO Handbook and Advisor Manual.
  •  Assist with the programming, travel plans, and finances of your club.
  • Be available to club officers and members for regular meetings.
  • Remain educated on University policies and state laws. 
  • Openly communicate with your club members, OIC, and the Student Union
  • Mediate Conflict.
  • Micromanage: While you need to be involved, you should not take control or dictate club leadership.
  • Publicly Criticize: If you have concerns about a club member or officer, pull them off to the side to discuss the situation.
  • Be silent: As an advisor, you should speak up during a discussion when you have relevant information.
  • Discourage creativity: Foster a judgment-free environment where students can feel comfortable coming up with new ideas. 

Campus Security Authorities (CSAs)

All RSO Advisors are required to be Campus Security Authorities. 
Visit:  UNF Clery Act Training for CSA and follow the "learning search method" to be eligible for an advisory role.

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