Advisors and Volunteers
Northwest's commitment to building a successful Greek community is one which can only be accomplished if advisors, volunteers, chapter members and University representatives play an active role in achieving this goal.
The Role of the Advisor
An advisor adds to the continuity of your organization by making sure that successive officers of the organization understand the responsibility they share in this office, as well as explaining to the officers the policies established for student organizations.
Advisors also aid in the area of program content and purpose by helping student officers use their best judgment in selecting programs.
Duties and Responsibilities of an Advisor or Volunteer
- To be aware of and have an understanding of those rules pertaining to organizations at Northwest as well as rules governing Northwest fraternity and sorority chapters.
- To be aware of liability issues (i.e. hazing, alcohol, etc.) on the local and national level and advise the organization to make reasonable and prudent decisions regarding these issues in planning activities.
- To encourage the organization to function within University guidelines and to not condone activity that does not keep with the letter and spirit of University policy.
- To have a concern for the ongoing function of the organization this includes attend meetings of the organization whenever possible, reading of meeting minutes and knowledge of the organization's constitution and by-laws.
- To be available to the officers of the organization on a regular basis for advice and consultation.
- To serve as a resource person for planning events and programs, resolving issues confronting the group and orientating new members and officers. Campus advisors should be able to help Northwest students utilize campus resources available to them.
- To be aware of the organization's financial status and encourage the maintenance of accurate financial records.
- To encourage the learning process by remembering that it is the students' organization and they are free to make their own decisions.
- To attend meetings of the organization advisors when requested by the Office of Campus Activities
- To work in partnership with University staff, chapter advisors and national headquarters to foster a positive fraternal experience for the undergraduate members.