These resources, policies and expectations are for faculty, staff and others who advise or coach student organizations.
Student organizations are a critical aspect of Stanford’s education mission and are designed to help students find and foster their passions while developing leadership and life skills. We see student organizations as valuable learning experiences for our students and look for them to be student-run, with advice and support from their advisors.
Many faculty, staff, alumni and others volunteer their time and expertise to assist voluntary student organizations and mentor their members in ways that are consistent with university principles and policy. Student Activities and Leadership is grateful for the contributions student organization advisors make to Stanford students and the activities that they sponsor. Below is a set of best practices and key university policies that are designed to inform advisors of their role and responsibilities.
We welcome volunteer advisors who are interested in supporting our students in their learning and development. Such advisors should understand that they support student organizations at the discretion and request of the student organization leaders and Student Activities and Leadership staff. At times, student leaders and SAL staff decide to move in a different direction with an advising relationship. We look to our volunteer advisors to respect the wishes of our student leaders and staff.
Advisors are best when they see themselves as "influencers" who can help students make thoughtful choices and "do the right thing" on behalf of their community and the broader Stanford community".