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RSO Advisor Resources

Benefits:

There are several benefits to serving as an advisor for a Registered Student Organization (RSO). Advisors have an opportunity to work with students outside the classroom to help them learn skills that will help them in the future...skills such as communication, teamwork, organization, planning/executing events, and navigating processes. RSO advisors get to support student leaders and watch them shine as they spread their wings and make great things happen. Student Life is here to support you in that process. RSO advisors are not compensated financially, but the rewards are enriching.

Requirements:

Each RSO must have at least one advisor. Advisors must be employees of Lone Star College-CyFair or an associated center. According to Lone Statr College policy, an RSO advisor is a person who (1) serves in an advisory capacity to a student organization and its members, (2) is at least 21 years of age, (3) is not a student at Lone Star College, and (4) is a full-time employee or a part-time employee expressly authorized by the college president to serve in the appointed, voluntary capacity. If an RSO cannot find someone who meets the requirements and is willing to serve as an advisor, a temporary advisor will be appointed by Student Life through the RSO Group Advisor Program.

Expectations:

Advisors make a one-year commitment and understand that making such a commitment is paramount to the College's mission. RSO advisors are responsible for:

  • Providing support, feedback, and direction.
  • Maintaining records concerning officer contact information, club activities, and programs sponsored by the RSO.
  • Attending meetings/events as necessary or as desired. Meetings/events held in the Student Life side of CASE do not require that the advisor be present.
  • Ensuring that college policies and club requirements are fulfilled.
  • Ensuring that all paperwork is submitted appropriately.
  • Notifying Student Life staff when any unacceptable behavior occurs, changes in officer positions/contacts, or other information deemed appropriate to share.

It is up to RSO members and advisors to determine the exact details of the particular relationship between the two positions in order to ensure that the RSO is productive and successful, provides student leadership opportunities, and ensures that RSO requirements are met. To that end, it is highly recommended that advisors define a clear set of limitations and expectations for the RSO at the beginning of each year to ensure that all parties clearly understand their roles and expectations.