August 2, 2018

Faculty, staff advisors sought for Greek, cooperative housing

The Fraternity, Sorority, and Cooperative Life unit within the Office of the Dean of Students is looking for faculty and staff interested in serving as an advisor for a fraternity, sorority, or cooperative house.

"One part of what makes our organizations successful are the advisors that work alongside them," says Jimmy Cox, director of student-alumni programs at the Purdue Alumni Association. "Serving as an advisor can be a very rewarding role and a great opportunity to connect with students outside of the classroom."

Every registered student organization must have a faculty or staff advisor in order to remain in good standing. Advisors are expected to:

* Meet with officers on a regular basis.
* Have an understanding of the organization’s constitution.
* Maintain contact with a designated officer at least once per month.
* Abide by and explain Purdue policies as well as local, state, and federal laws.
* Not vote or break tie votes within the student organization.
* Take the mandatory advisor training on WebCert listed under "Other/Miscellaneous."
* Review and understand expectations of and policies for student organizations.

Additionally, there are behavioral expectations for advisors:

* Provide sound knowledge and advice.
* Be knowledgeable about activities and programs of the organization.
* Suggest and encourage ideas as well as provide insight into the organization’s problems and successes.
* Teach and foster leadership techniques.
* Take an active role in the orderly transition of responsibilities between outgoing and incoming officers.
* Assist in the development of procedures and plans of actions.

Faculty and staff interested in advising a fraternity, sorority, or cooperative house should contact Cox at cox18@purdue.edu or 765-496-6549.


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