As a student organization leader, you have many responsibilities. This section offers resources about managing the group and shares responsibilities and expectations of all student leaders, including training and leadership development opportunities, semesterly roster validation and the Elon Experience Transcript (EET). You can also find information about the advisor’s role. There is also valuable information about transitioning leadership roles (transition checklist) and how to validate service hours in this section.
- Organization Leader Responsibilities**
- Trainings and Leadership Development
- Elon Experience Transcript – Membership and Service Hours Validation**
- Leadership Transitions and Checklist
- Student Organization Advisors
** denotes a University or student organization policy
Being a student leader at Elon comes distinct responsibilities and expectations. Organization leaders are not merely serving as the head or face of the organization, but rather a conduit of pertinent information that is vital to the success and sustainability of the organization. The responsibilities of student organization leaders include:
- Instilling the values of the organization and the institution are integrated through missions and standards of the organization, membership, and programming of the organization.
- Being knowledgeable of and adhering to the Elon Student Code of Conduct, the Elon Student Handbook, local, state and federal laws, and all University policies and regulations.
- Re-registering each academic year by renewing the organization profile page on PhoenixCONNECT in order to maintain organization recognition status with the University.
- Submit appropriate semester reporting forms through PhoenixCONNECT, including, but not limited to, updating membership rosters, officer contact information, schedule of events, and organization bylaws/constitution.
- Updating membership rosters each academic term on PhoenixCONNECT with all new and active members.
- Actively participating in required programs, education sessions, and trainings sponsored by Student Involvement, the Center for Leadership, the Moseley Center, or the University department with which the organization is affiliated.
- Fostering an atmosphere within the organization that is supportive of high academic standards and ethic of care for one another and the community.
- Ensuring the name of the full-time Elon faculty or staff member who serves as the organization advisor is on file and approved with Student Involvement and keep the advisor informed of meetings, events, and other activities planned by the organization.
- Maintaining, encouraging, and fostering positive community relations. Members living in the community represent their organization.
- Consulting with Student Involvement about all changes to the organization’s bylaws/constitution.
- Preparing and submitting funding requests to SGA.
- Informing and educating all members on relevant policies and documents.
All student organizations are required to send their President (or equivalent), Treasurer, and one additional organization leader to attend the Student Leader Training Session each semester. These student leaders are responsible for sharing all information with their respective organization. Student Involvement will share information at the beginning of each semester regarding this training.
Some organization leaders may be expected to complete and attend additional trainings and workshops as required by respective university departments. For more information about additional leadership development opportunities, please visit Student Involvement.
The Elon Experiences Transcript (EET) is a visual documentation of students’ participation in global engagement, internships, undergraduate research, leadership, and service experiences. The Office of the Vice President for Student Life coordinates the EET in partnership with other university departments.
Student Involvement facilitates a membership roster validation process each semester. As a leader of your organization, you are responsible for ensuring all current leaders and members are included in your roster on PhoenixCONNECT. Your advisor will be asked to validate all members of your organization during this process.
These are important because when student organization rosters are validated on PhoenixCONNECT, students will receive credit on the EET for officer leadership positions that are held. The EET will include each student’s leadership positions and the terms of service to the student organization. For information regarding your EET or how to update rosters, please contact Student Involvement.
Student organizations are also strongly encouraged to validate all hours of service with the community. At Elon, service is defined as work accomplished through direct service, indirect service or advocacy with domestic and international communities. Service can be with non-profit organizations, non-governmental agencies, governmental programs, schools, church programs that serve a community need, and organizations that serve high-need populations. Validated student service can occur whenever a student is enrolled at Elon, which includes times when school is not in session. These hours can be completed individually by students, part of an academic course, with a student organization, or with a campus department. While service is not about counting or quantity, service hours are included on the EET as a validated record of students’ service during college. Specific information on what counts as service and how to validate hours can be found on the Kernodle Center for Civic Life Submit Your Service Hours site.
One of the most important tasks you will complete as a student leader within your organization is the transition of your successor. Not only does a successful transition assist in the continuity of organization’s function and purpose, but it also helps the organization continue to grow and thrive on campus. The following is a list of transitional information and tasks that you should complete upon the end of your term of service to the organization. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but rather provide basic transition information. We recognize that more specific needs and information may be required of your organization.
BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:
- Review your organization’s history.
- Review University policies and procedures as outlined in the Student Organization Handbook.
- Review organization goals for the upcoming semester/year.
- Review of organization bylaws/constitution as founding and guiding document and procedures for the entire organization.
- Review of PhoenixCONNECT and navigating the organization’s profile page, including having all contact information for all organization leaders, updated membership roster, and advisor contacts.
- Review leadership/officer position descriptions.
- Review your organization’s agendas and minutes from past meetings.
- Review your organization’s financial records and funding processes, including treasurer’s accounts, fundraising information and copies of completed requisitions. If applicable, review of SGA funding requests.
- Understand the re-registration and renewal process with Student Involvement.
- Development of organization calendar that includes meetings, events, retreats, and special programs.
- Opportunity to talk through goal-setting that evaluates past organizational goals.
- Have a final closing meeting with your organization’s advisor.
- New officer, old officer, and advisor meeting.
Student organizations are student-initiated and student-run. The success of the organization is the responsibility of the students, not the advisor. The role of the advisor is to be a mentor and resource to students, providing feedback and advice in order for students to develop leadership skills and to reflect on what they are learning through their activities. Depending on the needs of an individual organization, advisors service in a multitude of roles including mentor, facilitator, educator, and supervisor. Additionally, advisors may assist with student development, budgeting, event planning, organization and other areas that support the mission of the student group.
General Responsibilities of Organization Advisors
- Meet on a regular basis with organization officers.
- Attend organization meetings when possible. Many organizations require an advisor be present when officers are elected/selected.
- Serve as the official Elon liaison with the organization.
- Approve and sign-off of all University procedures through PhoenixCONNECT including verifying membership and leadership rosters each semester.
- Be informed of all University policies and procedures and advise the student organization and leaders to follow all safety, risk, and liability measures.
- Report behaviors that impact the organization and the community.
- Stay informed of all organization advisor information shared by Student Involvement and attend the Student Organization Advisor training sessions when able.
Depending on the mission, function, and needs of a student organization, the advisor’s role can vary. Here are some best practices Student Involvement and the Center for Leadership have identified in helping all advisors be successful:
- Have an understanding of the organization’s mission, purpose, and goals for the year (a copy of the organization’s bylaws can be accessed through the PhoenixCONNECT page).
- Mentoring – get to know the student leaders and be supportive and help leaders make meaning of their experiences.
- Be aware of important dates such as mandatory training sessions, budget timelines, available workshops and recognition events, and the annual renewal process.
- Be able to serve as a resource to the leaders with regard to understanding all University policies and procedures and know how to find the answer.
- Be accessible and visible to the organization leaders.
- Understand the group’s dynamics and development – help good organizations become better.
- Assist in the leadership transition process and help in sharing consistent information with new officers – be the preservationist and help maintain a “healthy” organization.
Student Involvement and the Center For Leadership offers many resources and support for advisors, including the Advisor Role Checklist, an event debrief template, one-on-one consulting, and training opportunities. Please visit their website to learn more about the resources available to recognized student organization advisors.