Provides continuity with the past activities of the organization
Facilitates the development of the organization and its members through providing opportunities to develop individual skills (assertiveness, time management, budgeting) and group skills problem solving, conflict resolution, decision making)
Provides assistance, ideas, and expertise with tasks to be accomplished by organization – planning a program, running a meeting, holding an election, and publicizing an activity
Provides knowledge of university policies and procedures that affect the organization.
An advisor may perform all these functions at once or in any combination at a particular time in the life of the organization, there may be a need for the advisor to be extremely active, where as at another time the advisor is a passive observer. The determination of what is the appropriate advising style is based on the skill of the advisor, the level of development of the group, and the context in which the group functions. As you work with a group, becoming more familiar with how it operates, and as you develop your skills as an advisor, your advising style may change. As the group with which your work matures, your advising style may change. Most important in determining your advising style is negotiating your role with the members of the organization.
Each registered student organization must register with Student Involvement at the end of each spring semester. This annual registration consists of four forms; Diversity Statement, Hazing Agreement, Role of an Advisor, and Registration form.