All student organizations are required to have a full-time teaching or administrative faculty or staff member as an advisor. Any full-time member of the faculty or staff is eligible to serve as an official advisor to the organization. If a student organization cannot locate a faculty/staff advisor, the Campus Activities Coordinator may serve as a temporary advisor for a maximum period not exceeding one calendar year.
Advisors make a significant contribution to campus life at West Liberty University and for its students. Advising is a unique opportunity to interact with WLU students in a co-curricular context. This experience provides students the opportunity to get to know faculty and staff as “real” people, and often leads to long term mentoring and life-long connections.
Advising student organizations provides opportunities to challenge students to be better than they were yesterday and to support them when they find themselves unprepared to perform the task set before them. A good advisor will use their personal and professional experience to motivate individuals, as well as the group, toward a common goal. Good luck and enjoy your opportunity to make a difference!
This handbook was designed to serve as a resource for you in your role as an advisor and in conjunction with the Student Organization Handbook, addresses many of the questions and issues that seem to arise from year to year. However, please contact our office if you need more information or your questions are not being addressed – we are here to serve you as well as the student organizations. It is our hope that being a student organization advisor will be a rewarding experience.
Check out the Club and Organization Resource Manual here: Advisor Resource Manual