F&M expects Faculty/FPS mentorship and advisement among our fraternities and sororities. A healthy and high functioning fraternity or sorority includes the engagement of a Faculty/FPS Advisor. To support this aspect of succesful fraternity or sorority, F&M has identified the essential elements of a Faculty/FPS Advisor program and how the fraternity and sorority community can provide support.
Must be a Franklin & Marshall College current Faculty or staff (FPS) member, but does not need to be a member of the fraternity or sorority. The Faculty/Staff Advisor serves as a main point of contact between the chapter and Franklin & Marshall College.
As the F&M fraternity and sorority community seek ways to maximize student learning, and bridge the in class and out of class student experience. It is the expecation that:
Faculty/Campus Advisor Role & Suggested Guidelines
Below is a general outline of the role of a Faculty/FPS Advisor. This vital position works closely with chapters on their overall scholarship and/or New Member program including the following:
Suggestions for Faculty/FPS Advisors for Dealing with Poor Academic Performance
Meet monthly with each individual who achieved a grade point average between 2.5 - 3.0 the previous semester
Meet every two weeks with each individual who achieved a grade point average between 2.0 - 2.5 the previous semester
Meet every week with each individual who achieved a grade point average below a 2.0 the previous semester
Meet with the new member class during the new member education period
Help organize a scholarship ceremony each semester
Help organize weekly study hours for members
Faculty/Campus Advisors are fully covered under the Colleges liability policy while acting in the scope of a Faculty/FPS Advisor. In addition, most inter/national fraternities and sororities also provide liability coverage for acting in the scope as Faculty/FPS Advisors (it is always a good practice to check with the inter/national organization for the specifics of this coverage).
Term of Office
Faculty/FPS Advisors serve one-year terms with possible extensions based on a mutual agreement between the fraternity or sorority and the Faculty/FPS Advisor. This ensures that both parties (the Faculty/FPS Advisor and the chapter) are constantly assessing the working relationship. Faculty/Campus Advisors are not expected to serve as the Chapter Advisor nor to serve on the Alumni Board (if they wish to serve in these positions that would be great but it is not expected). Faculty/Campus Advisors are not on call nor are they responsible for the social aspects of the chapter.
This outline for a Faculty/FPS Advisor is meant to be a starting point for what is expected. Ideally, the Faculty/FPS Advisor and the chapter will negotiate and create a list of specific duties that both can mutually agree upon.
Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life Support for Faculty/FPS Advisors
In order to have a viable Faculty/FPS advisor program, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life provide tangible support for their Faculty/FPS advisors. The following is a list of resources that will be made available:
This list is not exhaustive but meant to show some tangible support for Faculty/FPS advisors.
For more information about Faculty/FPS Advisors, please contact Stuart R Umberger, Director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.