Advisor Resources

Student Organization advisors play an important role in the functioning and development of our students and student organizations.

This page is designed to assist you in developing your role as an advisor.

Who can be a faculty/staff advisor at UMKC?

Any full-time faculty or staff member is eligible to serve as a faculty/staff advisor for a recognized student organization. All student organizations are required to have at least one full-time employee of UMKC on their advisory team.

Roles of an Advisor

The primary role of a student organization advisor is to serve as a professional resource to students as they work to manage their organization.

Advisors are expected to:

  • Maintain regular contact and involvement with the officers of the student organization and the membership
  • Be knowledgeable of the mission, goals, and purpose of the student organization
  • Ensure all necessary paperwork has been completed with the university
  • Ensure the organization officers and members abiding by all campus, local and national policies and procedures
  • Provide support and encouragement to all members of the organization
  • Providing a system that ensures successful communication, short and long-term goals achievement, and efficient transitions between organization officers
  • Attend meetings, events and other functions of the organization
  • Assist with the management of the organizations budget

Advisor Do’s and Don’ts


  1. Reach out to the Office of Student Involvement for assistance, and be willing to collaborate with other members of the UMKC community.
  2. Assist officers with procedural matters.
  3. Be knowledgeable of the organization’s purpose and constitution and help the members adhere to them
  4. Empower students to take action and to find satisfaction in seeing the organizations succeed.
  5. Develop clear expectations about your role as advisor and your relationship with the organization.
  6. Help resolve conflicts.
  7. Help your organization set realistic goals and encourage them to keep each other accountable.


  1. Be the leader and “run” the organization
  2. Impose your own bias
  3. Manipulate the groups, impose, or force your opinions.
  4. Be afraid to let the group try new ideas
  5. Allow the organization to become a one-person show.
  6. Assume the organization’s attitudes, needs and personalities will remain the same year to year.


Advisor Resources

Student Organization Reference Guide (PDF)
Student Activity Fee Funding Information
UMKC Student Code of Conduct (PDF)