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Student Organizations


My Organization Needs an Advisor

All student organizations must have an advisor listed on their myINvolvement profile by October 31, 2014.

Any student organization that wishes to register with the University is required to have at least one faculty or staff advisor who is currently employed by Indiana University Bloomington. Advisors help organizations maintain consistency from year to year and can offer advice on organizational decisions. Additionally, your organization will need an advisor if you want a Student Organization Account, an IU web/email account, and access to other university resources.

Guidelines for choosing an advisor include:

  • Look to an academic department with an interest in your group’s purpose. For example, an English professor might serve as an advisor to a literary organization.
  • Think about professors or administrators with whom you have formed a positive relationship. Consider asking any of these people to serve as your group’s advisor.
  • The advisor-organization relationship can be as complex or simple as you want. Be sure to maintain a high level of communication with your advisor; he or she should know what you expect from the advisor role. Advisors should outline what they expect of the organization.

We Need Help Now! Is There Someone We Can Talk To?

Student Life and Learning offers organizational advising on a drop-in basis. You can meet one-on-one to discuss organizational issues and to receive advice on maximizing your organization’s potential. The Student Life and Learning Student Organization Advisors do not replace your group’s faculty/staff advisor, and cannot approve your Student Organization Account expenses. Email, call 855-4311, or visit Student Life and Learning (IMU Room 371), M–F, 9:00am–5:30pm for drop-in advising.


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