Programs for Leadership and Service Education

Welcome Student Organization Advisors!

We highly value the work you do with student organizations, and are here to serve as a resource and guide to you.

All recognized student organizations must have an advisor who is a full-time faculty/staff member at Butler University.

Benefits to Advising Include:

  • a unique opportunity to get to know and work with students outside of the classroom or office
  • the reward of watching the group develop to its fullest potential
  • the reward of watching students develop their individual skills and talents
  • the chance to informally share your knowledge and expertise on relevant topics
  • an opportunity to feel satisfaction and accomplishment through making a special contribution to a particular group of students
  • the chance for service to students, the University, and the larger community

Expectations of Advisors:

  • Assist students in developing strategies and goals that provide for member ownership, feedback, and involvement.
  • Be aware of the organization's constitution, by-laws, and policies.
  • Assist the organization in program development and planning.
  • Encourage the officers and individual members to preserve the continuity of the group by keeping records to document the group's history and provide transition to new officers.
  • Encourage students to understand and apply democratic principles, including the promotion of diverse programming and inclusive practices within the group. 
  • Attend as many organization meetings and events as possible.
  • Articulate campus policies and procedures.
  • Be a facilitator among both officers and between officers and members.
  • Be familiar with national organizational structure and services, if relevant.
  • Be a resource for students, especially in regard to understanding University policies, regulations, and services.
  • Consult with other University departments when problems arise with the organizations.
  • Provide assistance in the administration of financial affairs of the organizations, including serving as the collection point for all monies via mail.

If you'd like to volunteer to be a student organization advisor, call us at (317) 940-9262.

Our office is here to serve as a resource to you and to answer your questions or concerns. Contact us with questions, and be sure to look at the resources available to the left.

Thank you for all you do with our student organizations!