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San Diego State University

Student Life and Leadership

General Information about Advisors

Advisor eligibility

All student organizations are required to have an eligible on-campus SDSU staff or faculty advisor. Advisors must be either part-time or full-time employees. (Auxiliary staff and student assistants are not eligible to serve as advisors.) Employee eligibility and confirmation of status is verified when organizations apply for official recognition status. The advisor is an integral part of the organization, and he or she should be someone who is familiar with the group’s area of interest or mission.

Advisor Orientation 

All faculty/staff advisors must complete an orientation each year, prior to your student organization being fully recognized. Any new policy updates will be posted on the SLL website. Currently, there is an in-person and online version of the orientation. Advisors may choose which orientation works best for them. 

Advisor Orientation dates will be released July 31st. Please register for the orientation on the University Events Calendar at  

Adivsor In-Person Orientation (3 Year Eligibility) *Available Fall 2018 

Advisors who complete the in-person training will be eligible to advise a student organization for a maximum of three years. Advisors do not have to attend a required RSO training session during this three year period. SLL will send all updates to Advisors through email and our Campus Life Weekly Newsletter. Advisors will need to attend an in-person training to renew their eligibility after three years.   

The priority date to complete this training is September 1st, 2018.  

Advisor Online Orienation (1 Year Eligibility) *Available Fall 2018 and Spring 2019  

Advisors who wish to complete the online version of the orientation will need to contact Student Life & Leadership. Either call or email the SLL Front Desk, or the appropriate Student Life Advisor, to learn more about the online training.  

Advisor handouts

Overview of role and responsibilities

The advisor:

  1. Must attend a mandatory advisor orientation.
  2. Serves as an advisor and guide.
  3. Is aware of the policies and procedures for student organizations contained in the handbook and knows university policy affecting such groups; also ensures that the student leaders of the organization are informed of these policies.
  4. Is aware of their student organization activities and programs and provides signature authority on event approval forms.
  5. Encourages leadership development of organization’s members and informs them of various leadership opportunities across campus.
  6. Assists with organizational continuity and officer transition.
  7. Alerts student leaders of possible organizational problems and encourages them to explore a variety of strategies to solve such problems.
  8. Serves, where possible, as a liaison with faculty, staff, and the outside community.
  9. Encourages student leaders to critically examine the organization's structure and activities to ensure compliance with university regulations and to avoid any liability.
  10. Holds an annual meeting with the officers and members of the organization to clearly define the advisor’s role.
  11. Must attend controversial or risky programs, activities, or meetings.