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Advisors

The Office of Student Organizations and Activities at Belmont University believes that co-curricular involvement is a vital part of the overall collegiate student experience.  It provides students the opportunity to apply what they are learning inside the classroom to their lives outside of the class.  Co-curricular involvement promotes holistic student development by providing opportunities for cognitive, psychosocial, moral and ethical development. Students develop greater self-knowledge of their talents and strengths as well as improving their leadership competencies. The involvement in student organizations and activities prepares students for personal and professional success beyond graduation.  We affirm the choice of our students to be involved in the campus and community, and student organizations provide an important avenue to engage in the co-curricular experience.

A Belmont Student Organization Advisor is a faculty or staff member that assists in supporting the co-curricular learning environment through mentoring and role modeling for student organization leaders and members.  Student Organizations are to be initiated and lead by students.  The advisor provides insight, knowledge and accountability to the organization, promotes the development of leaders and members and assists in upholding university policies and procedures.  

As an Advisor, you have the opportunity to impact the lives of students in and out of the classroom. The Advisor helps students take full advantage of co-curricular learning and serves as a mentor for members of student organizations. Your efforts greatly enhance the ability for our students to develop the leadership skills necessary to lead lives of balance, generosity and integrity.  We believe to truly have a transformational role as an advisor, active involvement in the student organization is necessary and beneficial.  We have outlined expectations of advising a student organization below.  We are grateful for your work in the lives of our students and look forward to journeying alongside you in the following advising efforts:

Advisor Responsibilities:

  • Meet on a regular basis with organization officers.
  • Attend all organization activities including meetings, service projects and events
  • Travel with students on all student organization trips.
  • Assist in the management and oversight of organization finances including approving all agency account forms, organizational expenditures, promotional item orders and more.
  • Approve all organizational activities in Bruinlink
  • Provide oversight for organization Bruinlink page to ensure students are submitting all necessary information to the online platform
  • Attend Student Organization Advisor training
  • Act as a consultant in areas such as organizational planning, goal setting, problem solving,and upholding the organization’s guidelines and mission.
  • Be informed of all university policies and procedures and advise the student organization accordingly.
  • Advisors may assist with student development, budgeting, event planning, organization, problem solving and other areas that support the mission of the student group.
  • If an organization has multiple individuals in an advisor role, please collaborate to uphold these responsibilities
  • Depending on the mission, function and needs of a student organization, the advisor’s role can vary. Here are some best practices the Office of Student Organization and Activities has identified in helping all advisors be successful:
  • Have an understanding of the organization’s mission, purpose, and goals for the year (you can access a copy of your organization’s bylaws in Bruinlink).
  • Mentoring – get to know your student leaders and be supportive, help leaders make meaning of their experiences
  • Be aware of important dates such as mandatory training sessions, budget timelines, available workshops and recognition events, and the annual renewal process
  • Be able to serve as a resource to your leaders with regard to understanding all university policies and procedures
  • Be accessible and visible to your leaders
  • Understand the group’s dynamics and development
  • Assist in the leadership transition process and help in sharing information with new officers
  • Work with organization to promote the mission and vision of Belmont University


For additional advisor resources, please see visit the American College Personnel Association’s website to access a large guide on student organization advising http://www.myacpa.org/sites/default/files/acpaadvisormanual.pdf.pdf
 
ACPA provides additional insight on the benefits of advising, advising do’s and don’ts, trouble shooting, budgeting, fundraising, event planning, officer transitions, parliamentary procedure and more.