Thank you for serving as an advisor to a recognized student or campus organization. Wichita State University provides students with many opportunities to get involved on campus and in the local community. This section is intended to be a resource for advisers of recognized student or campus organizations at Wichita State University. It includes helpful information for advisers about University policies, procedures and operations to ensure a successful year for your group.
Benefits of Advising
Becoming an advisor can be very beneficial to both the advisor and the students of the organization. These benefits include but are not limited to:
- Working with students as they learn and develop new skills.
- Sharing one’s knowledge and experiences with others.
- Developing a personal relationship with students.
- Furthering personal goals or interests by choosing to work with an organization that reflects one’s interests.
- Helping a disparate group come to an understanding of differences.
- Coming together to share common interests and working toward a common goal.
Becoming an RSO Advisor
Advisors to RSOs must be full-time WSU faculty or staff members. Undergraduate students may not advise RSOs; however, Graduate students who are also employed by the university may co-advise student groups with a full-time WSU faculty or staff member, as long as the group has the express written permission of Student Engagement, Advocacy & Leadership. All graduate interest RSOs may not be advised by graduate students. All new advisors are required to fill out the RSO Advisor Statement before they will be recognized by Student Engagement, Advocacy & Leadership.
There are three major ways to become an RSO advisor:
- Assignment: An advisor who is assigned to advise a group based on their job description and responsibilities.
- Student Request: Student leaders may request a WSU faculty or staff member to voluntarily serve as their advisor.
- Request Assignment: WSU faculty or staff interested in voluntarily advising RSOs can send their information and interests to Student Engagement, Advocacy & Leadership at firstname.lastname@example.org