1Facilitator Model of Relationship
Oregon State University recognizes that sponsored student organizations are inherently linked to the University because of their role in enhancing education, representing OSU and/or presenting events that are considered an integral part of the institution. In order to best support the learning of student leaders in our community, we have adopted a philosophical approach of partnership and collaboration with individual students and student organizations as “facilitators” in the involvement experience. As “facilitators,” advisors work with administrators, faculty and staff to support student organization members and leaders in making intelligent, fair and reasonable choices within the boundaries established by state, federal and local laws, university rules/policy, and the mission of the sponsoring unit. At Oregon State University, the Faculty Advisor serves as the primary “facilitator” to Sponsored Student Organizations.
Role of the Faculty Advisor
The OSU Student Organization Recognition Policy (SOR) defines a Faculty Advisor as “faculty, staff or personnel responsible for maintaining relationship with a sponsored student organization that allows for education and development as well as administration of data collection and University policies, procedures and guidelines.”
A Sponsoring Unit must provide a faculty advisor who shall be the primary liaison between the Sponsoring Unit/University and the Sponsored Student Organization (SSO). Under the tenets of the Facilitator University Model, the faculty advisor is much more than just a signature at the bottom of a piece of paper. Rather, the faculty advisor works collaboratively with students, sharing responsibility for the development, practices and outcomes of Sponsored Student Organization and its events.
Responsibilities of Faculty Advisor
As constituents of a Facilitator University, the faculty advisor works collaboratively and proactively with students, sharing responsibility for the organization and its events. Faculty advisors support, guide and partner with student organization leaders to ensure, fair, intelligent and reasonable decisions and actions. Specifically, it is expected that the faculty advisor:
The Unit Head, faculty advisor and student organization leaders should discuss any additional roles or responsibilities of the advisor in supporting the student organization. The key point is to work in partnership (advisors & student leaders to encourage organization success and rewarding experiences.
1For more information about the Facilitator University model, please refer to The Rights and Responsibilities of the Modern University: Who Assumes the Risks of College Life? by Robert D. Bickel and Peter F. Lake, published by the Carolina Academic Press in 1999.