Advisor Resources

The Center for Student Involvement recognizes that advisors are an integral factor in the success of our student organizations. Our office provides an array of resources to help you to be successful advisors. We appreciate the time you take to help our students grow.

All Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) at Northwestern University are required to have a university staff or faculty member as an Advisor. Advisors are considered “Campus Security Authorities” (federally mandated crime reporter) for the University and the Northwestern University requires Advisors to acknowledge they understand their duties and agree to serve as an Advisor for the RSO who lists them as such. Should a group have multiple advisors (e.g. Chaplain’s Office RSOs), both advisors must complete this form.

Registered Student Organization Advisors and Clery Act Responsibilities

As Campus Security Authorities Advisors are required to immediately report any Clery Act crimes, that they are made aware of, to the Northwestern University Police Department using the Campus Security Authority Crime Report Form. Additional reporting duties are required for student trips and such trips needed to be reported to University Police. Details on Clery Act reporting duties can be found on the Northwestern University - Campus Securities Authorities web page. For additional information on what makes a student trip Clery Act reportable or to access the Student Trip Report Form, email:  Dave Schultz, d-schultz3@northwestern.edu with the Northwestern Police Department 

Advisor Checklist

The Advisor Checklist is provided as a resource for Advisors to use with their student organization to determine a baseline for expectations for both Advisors and Registered Student Organization (RSO) leadership.

Advisor Travel Documents

The Travel Checklist is a resource for advisors meeting with students to discuss proposed travel. Please note that these meetings should occur a minimum of four (4) weeks prior to domestic travel and six (6) weeks prior to international travel. Advisors should feel free to contact CSI at any time for additional information and resources.

We recommend providing all students with an Emergency Card in case any issues arise. You can use this front and back template to create cards for your own groups.

Advisor Lunches

Advisors meet once per quarter to discuss current issues in student organizations as well as offer an opportunity for trainings on new technology and updated policy and procedure surrounding student organizations. The calendar for 2013-2014 appears below:

  • Tuesday, October 22, 12-2 pm
  • Tuesday, February 18, 12-2 pm
  • Tuesday, May 6, 12-2 pm

RSO Advisor Listserv

The RSO Advisor Listserv provides updates about campus programs, University policies, and gives advisors the opportunity to share information. If you would like to be added to the RSO Advisor Listserv, email: Hope Wallace, h-wallace@northwestern.edu in the Center for Student Involvement.

Additional Reading

  • Dunkel, N.W., & Schuh, J.H. (1998). Advising student groups and organizations . San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Forsyth, D. R. (2006). Group dynamics (4th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.
  • Komives, S.R., Woodward, D. Jr. (Eds.). (2003). Student services: A handbook for the profession (4th ed.). San Francisco: Jossey Bass.
  • ACPA-College Student Educators International Online Advisor Manual