Adviser Eligibility

Faculty or staff advisers must be employed at least 75% full-time status in either a permanent or project appointment employee. Limited term employees, retired personnel, and outside professionals may not serve as primary advisers. Where specialized needs exist, with Campus Activities and Student Engagement may approve a secondary organization adviser who is not employed by the University; however, such individuals cannot represent the State of Wisconsin and/or UWSP. 

Adviser Agreement

Advisers must sign a contract annually for each student organization he/she advises. Contracts are available online and are to be submitted to the with Campus Activities and Student Engagement.
 Current Adviser Agreement can be found on SPIN under “Campus Links” at the bottom of the homepage.

Adviser Training

Advisers are required to attend risk management training upon initial appointment and every three years afterwards.

Adviser Responsibilities/Expectations

Advisers are expected to:
·         Attend meetings of the organization
·         Know the financial status of the organization
·         Be familiar with events and activities sponsored by the group and ensure the group is adhering to University guidelines and policies
·         Serve as a resource person and trainer to the group
·         Make recommendations when appropriate
·         Teach leadership and followership techniques
·         Provide continuity in tradition and history of the group
·         Help members develop responsibility and self-discipline
·         Prevent any group violation of University or community regulations
·         Help the group achieve its goals by sharing expertise, insights, and ideas
·         Represent the State of Wisconsin and UWSP when dealing with, or on behalf of, the organization (only for advisers employed by the University)
·         Question activities of a student organization and voice disagreement if they see problems with proposed events or activities
Advisers have the following authority, as dictated by need:
·         Authorize payment (from organization funds) of debts incurred by the organization, during periods when regularly authorized officers are not available (only for advisers employed by the University)
·         Suspend privileges or organizational recognition if the adviser feels plans or activities of the organization will be in violation of state, campus, or local regulations. Any such actions must be reported in writing to the Student Involvement and Employment Office. The suspension shall be in effect until the campus student organization conduct officer lifts the suspension or cancels recognition of the organization. (Student Affairs Committee, 10/13/1976)