Faculty/staff advisers play an essential role in developing student organisations that strengthen the Yale-NUS community while extending learning beyond the classroom. Every recognised student organisation is required to have one advisor – this can be a faculty member, staff member or Dean’s Fellow.
Student organisation advisers are expected to:
- Review the constitution and mission statement of the organisation in order to understand the structure of the group.
- Offer support to the student leadership of the organisation in order to cultivate enthusiasm for the group’s development and success.
- Occasionally attend orgnisation’s meetings or events, and be available for consultation when the organisation encounters problems.
- Refer relevant information, events, news, and suggestions to the organisation’s leadership.
- Represent the student organisation in staff/faculty meetings when needed, and to serve as the liaison between the organisation and the College.
- Offer evaluation and feedback regarding events, activities, and group dynamics.
- Serve as an impartial arbitrator when needed (e.g. elections, etc.).
- Advise student leadership on College policies, when needed.
Student Leader Expectations
In return to having an Advisor, student organisation leaders will:
- Inform advisers of group events and activities, including regular meeting times.
- Meet with their adviser each semester to discuss the orgnisation’s goals and mission.
- Manage and discuss orgnisation funds, including adherence to College financial policies.
- Inform advisers on intentions of seeking funding from outside Yale-NUS College.
- Notify advisers on the identities of current leadership and all changes that may come during the academic year.
- Respond to requests from the adviser to meet up and discuss specific or general thoughts on the club and its activities.
- Notify the adviser of internal and external conflict pertaining the club in order to better assist the adviser in advocating on the group’s behalf.
- Faculty/staff may serve as advisers to a student group if they will be in Singapore for at least one semester of the academic year. Faculty/staff advisers who will be away from campus for 1+ year should inform the group(s) they advise so the group can secure a different adviser.
- Faculty/staff should not feel obligated to advise student groups. It is acceptable to decline to advise a student group if you do not have the time or do not think the relationship would work well for either party.
- Faculty/staff advisers should communicate any urgent concerns regarding club behaviour or practices directly to the Student Organisations Manager in the Dean of Students’ Office.