Advisors

  • The Advisor Role

    The role of the RSO Advisor is to provide guidance to the student organization(s) they advise in operational functions, continuity between years, and adherence to university policies and procedures. For undergraduate only RSOs, the advisor must be a MSU faculty member, staff member, or graduate student. For graduate student RSOs, the advisor must be either a MSU faculty or staff member. Advisors should approach the work in a way that empowers the students to critically think and work through the management of their organization. 

     All processes, procedures, responsibilities, best practices and resources for Advisors, can be found in the Advisor Handbook (coming 1 July 2021).

  • Finding an Advisor

    The RSO can reach out to any faculty member, staff member, or graduate student to be the RSO advisor. A RSO should know or be willing to get to know the advisor and create a relationship. The advisor should be willing to be involved with the organization and it helps to have an advisor whose interests and passions align with the RSO.

    If you need assistance in identifying an advisor, please contact the Department of Student Life at involve@msu.edu.

  • Accepting the Advisor Role on Involve@State

    Each year, after the organization’s registration is accepted by Student Life, each advisor will be notified to log into Involve@State and accept their roles. In order to accept the role, the advisor will need to accept “Membership” into the organization first. Then, the option to accept the “Advisor Role” will become available. Involve@State considers Advisors as members and therefore must acknowledge both in the acceptance process.

  • The RSO's Responsibility to the Advisor
    • Maintain current Advisor on the RSO roster in Involve@State.
    • Notify the advisor of all meetings and events.
    • Consult with the advisor in the planning of projects and events.
    • Seek advice and guidance on university policy.
    • Consult with the advisor before any changes are made in the structure of the RSO or in the policies of the RSO and before major projects and programs are undertaken.
    • Understand that while the advisor has no vote, the advisor does have speaking privileges at meetings.
    • The responsibility for the success or failure of RSO projects rests ultimately with the RSO, not the advisor.
    • Talk over any problems or concerns with the advisor.
    • Acknowledge that the advisor’s time and energy are donated, and express appreciation.
    • Try to be clear and open about your expectations for your advisor’s role.
    • Periodically, evaluate your advisor and give appropriate feedback. Department of Student Life staff can offer suggestions for feedback forms.
Updated 21 May 2021