Getting started

As a support system for a student organization, the advisor plays an integral role in its success by serving as an educator, coach, supporter, and mentor to the organization’s executive board and membership. This experience also provides an opportunity for students to interact with an eligible advisor outside of a classroom setting around a shared interest which continues to advance our students education and application of skill sets.



Eligiblity

In order to serve as a student organization advisor, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • A University of Florida full-time, salaried faculty or staff member
  • Must be present the entire academic year
  • May advise an organization outside of field of study or discipline
  • Upon invitation to serve, successful completion of the Advisor Verification Form

Please Note: Graduate assistants, teaching assistants, OPS staff, some adjunct professors, non-professional staff, post-doctoral associates or fellows, courtesy appointments, and affiliates may not be eligible to serve as the primary advisor for a student organization.


Your Role as an advisor

Each student organization has its own identity, is unique, and contributes to the university community in a variety of ways. As an organization advisor, your role is to guide, challenge, and support the students involved in their quest for innovation and advancement of our university community.

Expectations

  • Encourage networking, community building, and supportive behaviors
  • Educate membership on appropriate university policies and campus resources
  • Maintain regular contact with the student organization
  • Attend educational opportunities and/or trainings provided to advisors
  • Report behaviors that impact the community

 

Benefits

  • Collaboration with students surrounding shared interests, topics, or experiences
  • Demonstrate commitment to the advancement of the university
  • Develop mentoring relationships outside of an academic setting
  • Facilitate a student’s growth and development of transferable skill sets
  • Empower emerging leaders by challenging perspectives leading to a positive impact on the future

Advisor Verification Form

Ready to get the process started to becoming an advisor?
Click the link below and login in to GatorConnect to complete the form.

Frequently Asked Questions

An advisor’s term is outlined in each registered student organization’s constitution. You may serve as many consecutive terms as the organization allows, so long as you meet the advisor eligibility requirements.
Yes. Training for advisors typically occurs at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. You will receive communication from Student Activities & Involvement regarding the training specifics as the time nears.
In general, student organization advisors are not liable for the behavior of a student organization unless the advisor had prior knowledge of the group’s risky behavior(s) and failed to report it, and/or either condoned/participated in the activity(ies). If you have questions or concerns related to a student organization’s activities, please contact Student Activities and Involvement immediately: (352) 392-1671.
As a student organization advisor you are designated as an individual with significant responsibilities for students and campus activities. You are responsible for reporting sexual harassment and sexual violence (per Title IX), as well as criminal offenses and violence (per Clery Act), known to you to the appropriate campus administrators in a timely manner.
There is no limit to the amount of student groups you can advise; however, we encourage you to limit the number of organizations you advise to three or less to ensure you can provide appropriate attention to each.
Based on the expectations, activities and needs of the student group, your time commitment will vary. It’s helpful to identify your responsibilities and availability to compare them to the activities and needs of the student group(s) you advise to determine how much time they’ll require.

Resources

Stay up to date on all the policies and university resources available to help your student organization(s)
function at peak performance.

Questions

Have questions? Reach out to our office by phone 352-392-1671 or by email.