Advisors and Alumni
All fraternities and sororities are independent student organizations, which are not required to have an advisor. However, many chapters still choose to engage alumni, faculty, or staff in this volunteer role. If you are interested in serving in this vital position, please contact the Interfraternity or Panhellenic Council.
A Typical Advisory Role
- Meet once a semester with the scholarship chair and/or president to talk about scholarship-related issues.
- Attend two (2) chapter meetings each semester to emphasize academics and your availability as a mentor.
- Be available to meet with individual members who may need academic guidance.
- Provide guidance to the chapter if they want to develop a speaker series or host a faculty reception or dinner.
- Attend any faculty reception the chapter hosts.
- Help the chapter formulate academic incentives to reward members who do well academically.
- Review the scholastic achievement of the chapter and determine whether it meets the national's expectations.
- Attend one lunch or dinner with the members each semester.
As an advisor, you may NOT expected to
- Be a member of a fraternity or sorority.
- Be a man to advise a fraternity or a woman to advise a sorority.
- Be the chapter advisor.
- Be a member of the house corporation (the group of alumni who own each house, for those groups with houses).
- Be "on call" for chapter or housing problems (this is for the chapter advisor)
- Using the expectations above as a starting point, the chapter decides what they want an advisor to do for them.
- The chapter identifies faculty/staff that members have in class or that they know well.
- The chapter meets with the candidate(s) to:
- Discuss their interest in having the faculty/staff member as their advisor
- Discuss the role of the advisor based on the expectations above
- Ask the faculty/staff member to be an advisor
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