Advisor’s Manual

The Student Involvement & Leadership Center (SILC) registers 600+ student groups annually. SILC provides many services geared towards making the student group experience a successful one; information fairs, officer training day event, office/cubicle space, funding information available on campus, various workshops for officers, handbooks for officers and advisors, listserv and calendar for groups to promote their events, website and email accounts, information on planning/hosting an event, etc. Any questions you have regarding student groups- SILC should have the answer for you!  Now that you are serving as an advisor to a registered group, it may be helpful to know more about the benefits, responsibilities, and liabilities of the position you have accepted, as well as the resources available to you.

Organization guidelines, access to information, and continuity for your group from year to year are essential elements in the success of any group. That's what this manual is designed to help provide you, as well as guidance and direction in developing your role, and assistance in providing support to your organization. In order for a group to register with the University of Kansas it must have an advisor who is a member of the faculty or professional staff of the University, or a member of the University community who is approved by SILC. Community organizations that register with the University of Kansas must secure a faculty or staff member who will act as a liaison between the University and their organization.

Advising is an individual experience - you get back what you put into it! Below are some of the benefits you may receive from being an advisor for a student group:

  • helping students learn and develop new skills
  • watching a group come together, sharing common interests, working on common goals, understanding differences
  • developing personal relationships with students
  • furthering your personal interests or goals by choosing to work with a group that reflects your interests
  • sharing your knowledge with others

SILC wants to give you as much information as possible on our scheduled programs and events for student organizations. These are great opportunities for students to enhance their leadership skills and promote their organizations.  For a copy of the Advisor's Manual, you can visit Rock Chalk Central at, click on "Campus Links," or by clicking here.

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