Who can be an adviser?

Advisers of OSEL Clubs and Organizations must be full-time employee’s at Franklin & Marshall College. Advisers are expected to contribute sound and mature judgment to the members in fulfilling the group's educational and social goals. All student organizations are encouraged to be recognized by the Club Council so they can be officially associated with F&M, gaining access to a variety of resources.

Club Adviser Requirements

Club Advisers must be full-time employees at Franklin & Marshall College.

What is the role of an Adviser on Franklin & Marshall’s campus?

Role of Faculty or Staff Adviser of a Club Council Recognized Organization:

The faculty or staff adviser of a Club Council-recognized organization serves as the college's representative to that organization. The adviser should be aware of college regulations and policies involving recognized organizations, especially those regarding use of college facilities, alcoholic beverages, use of college vehicles, and official college travel. An OSEL representative is available to help interpret and understand college and OSEL regulations.

  • Mentor

  • Team Builder

  • Conflict Mediator

  • Reflective Agent

  • Educator

  • Motivator

  • Policy Interpreter

Interested in Advising a Club?

If you are interested in advising a club on campus, please fill out the Adviser Interest Form below and we will get in contact with you!

Adviser Interest Form


What are the responsibilities of an adviser?

The adviser of a Club Council recognized student organization should:

  • Be informed about the purpose and the programs of the organization they agree to advise.

  • Be aware of the university policies and procedures governing student activities and organizations.

  • Ensure that the officers are aware of these policies and procedures.

  • Attend meetings and activities whenever possible, thereby providing guidance and continuity to the organization.

  • Provide advice that will direct the group's efforts toward meeting its long-term goals.


Adviser Resources:

ACPA Advisor Manual - ACPA's (American College Personnel Association) Commissioner for Student Involvement created this great guide covering a broad range of topics and tips for advising student clubs and organizations.

OSEL Club Adviser Manual – Club Council has created this great guide that covers a broad range of topics and tips for advising student clubs and organizations.

Clubs and Organizations Website – Direct your students to the Clubs and Organizations section.

Advising Clubs and Organizations - Important components of advising OSEL Clubs and Organizations.

Managing, Supervising, Advising, and Mentoring - Great article on the various hats advisors wear.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act via ed.gov (FERPA)


College Policies and Regulations:

Student Code of Conduct

Policies Relating to Student Activities


For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Anastasio, Assistant Director of Student Engagement & Leadership, eanastas@fandm.edu or 717-358-4397.