Advisor Orientation

All faculty/staff advisors must complete an orientation prior to the student organization being fully recognized. One recognition period is considered May 1st - April 30th each year. These dates align with the California State University (CSU) student organization recognition period, as outlined in Executive Order 1068.

Currently, there are two options to complete the advisor orientation:

Live Advisor Orientation (3 Period Eligibility)

Advisors who complete the Live Advisor Orientation will be eligible to advise a student organization for a maximum of three recognition periods. Advisors do not have to attend a required RSO training session during this three period time frame. Updates will be sent to Advisors through email and our Campus Life Weekly Newsletter. Advisors will need to attend another Live Advisor Orientation to renew their eligibility after three periods.

Register for a Live Advisor Orientation HERE. The optional dates are: 

  • June 22nd (9am-10:30am)
  • July 14th (9am-10:30am)
  • July 26th (1pm-2:30pm)
  • August 31st (9am-10:45am)

Advisor Online Orientation (1 Period Eligibility)

Please visit this link to complete the online Advisor Orientation for the 2023-2024 Academic Year:

Advisor handouts

Overview of role and responsibilities

The advisor:

  1. Must attend a mandatory advisor orientation.
  2. Serves as an advisor and guide.
  3. Is aware of the policies and procedures for student organizations contained in the handbook and knows university policy affecting such groups; also ensures that the student leaders of the organization are informed of these policies.
  4. Is aware of their student organization activities and programs and provides signature authority on event approval forms.
  5. Encourages leadership development of organization’s members and informs them of various leadership opportunities across campus.
  6. Assists with organizational continuity and officer transition.
  7. Alerts student leaders of possible organizational problems and encourages them to explore a variety of strategies to solve such problems.
  8. Serves, where possible, as a liaison with faculty, staff, and the outside community.
  9. Encourages student leaders to critically examine the organization's structure and activities to ensure compliance with university regulations and to avoid any liability.
  10. Holds an annual meeting with the officers and members of the organization to clearly define the advisor’s role.
  11. Must attend controversial or risk involved programs, activities, or meetings.