SCU can function effectively only if its faculty members participate actively in University governance. Faculty members must be willing to undertake a reasonable number of non-teaching assignments, attend meetings, contribute their ideas and experience during the decision-making process as a part of their work responsibilities.
The faculty member is amenable to the University for his teaching responsibilities in the classroom. The faculty member should, therefore, maintain regular communication with their academic dean in performing the specified duties as assigned.
It is anticipated that faculty members will freely involve themselves in student activities which are under the general supervision of the VP and Dean of Student Affairs. Each official student organization is required to have a faculty/sponsor advisor.
Faculty advisors are appointed in consultation with the VP and Dean of Student Affairs. It is the responsibility of the faculty advisor to work with the VP and Dean of Student Affairs in implementing a dynamic student activities program.
The following guidelines should be closely followed when serving as a faculty advisor to a student organization:
1. The faculty advisor is expected to give guidance to the organization and to the activities which are suggested by the members of the student group. No activity is legitimate unless it has the official approval of the sponsor and the VP and Dean of Student Affairs. It is suggested that the sponsor be present for all planning sessions and exert his/her influence in planning events.
2. Faculty advisors should make certain that plans for any activities conform to general University policy.
3. Faculty advisors should not permit students to undertake projects which will consume an undue amount of time. Scholarship standards, workload, and the health and safety of students should take precedence over all student projects.
4. Faculty advisors should delegate as much responsibility as possible to students, but should help identify procedure for student activities.
5. Sponsors of dramas, assembly programs, and other forms of entertainment should ensure that the activity is in good taste and has received approval from the administration and scheduled appropriately. A program should not be presented unless the sponsor has full knowledge of its content and manner of presentation.
6. The faculty advisor is responsible to be present at all events scheduled by the group which he/she is sponsoring. The advisor should see that chaperons have been secured when necessary or when the faculty advisor is unable to attend any event.
Drafted on: Source: 2014-2015 Faculty Handbook, section 7.06.6