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Advising Student Organizations

Involvement in student organizations and activities is an integral part of the collegiate experience and overall student development. Students who participate in clubs and organizations gain practical skills and knowledge which enhance their academic life, and ultimately, their life after college.


Behind every successful student organization stands a first-rate advisor with a genuine interest in the group, its members, its mission, and continued progress in meeting its goals. Advisors have the opportunity to develop positive relationships with student leaders outside the classroom and to gain a greater understanding of student life. As experienced leaders, advisors should provide insight to students, inspiring groups to consider new perspectives and directions. Good advising rewards both the student organization and its advisor in a number of ways as a result of working with our diversely talented student leaders.


The purpose of the advisor is to work with a student organization with the aim of:

  •           assisting leaders and group members in the fulfillment of their responsibilities
  •           helping to define and achieve its mission and goals
  •           ensuring that the group’s activities fit with the institution’s mission and goals*


The SAIL Office would like to thank you for taking the time and effort to work with our student leaders. We see this handbook as a resource for you throughout the advising process, and hope that you find your advising experience to be a positive compliment to your everyday responsibilities on campus.


*Adapted from Meredith College’s and Clemson University’s Advisor Handbooks


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