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Division of Student Affairs

Student Organizations & Leadership - SO&L

Staff & Faculty Resources

Student organizations are required to have a part/full-time faculty or exempt professional staff member as an advisor. Selection of a particular person as advisor is the choice of the organization and is by mutual agreement of both parties. Faculty and staff often look forward to opportunities to work with students outside the traditional classroom and in areas of personal interests. More information about the faculty/staff advisor role can be found in the Student Organization Handbook.

Duties of an Advisor

• Be familiar with the organization’s objectives, constitution and bylaws

• Meet regularly with student leaders to give them support and encourage them to accept their responsibilities, meet their objectives, and develop as leaders

• Be familiar with University policies and risk management procedures to assist leaders in their efforts to conduct business on campus

• Be able to help members explore alternatives as they plan activities and events, realizing that final decisions and organizational management is the responsibility of the members

• Help leaders during periods of transition in an effort to maintain continuity

• Assist the organization in their efforts to secure funding from campus and/or community sources within approved guidelines

• Alert student leaders to potential organizational problems      

  • Student Organization Handbook: The Student Organization Handbook contains official University policies and procedures covering the use of campus facilities and services, rights and responsibilities of student organizations, and University recognition of student organizations.
  • EO 1095: Implementation of Title IX, VAWA/Campus SaVE Act, and Related Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Legislation
  • EO 1097: - Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Against Students and Systemwide Procedure for Handling Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Complaints by Students
  • Time, Place & Manner Restrictions on Speech and Speech-Related ActivitiesThis policy concerns the time, place, and manner restrictions for freedom of expression activities, commercial transactions and solicitation, non-commercial transactions and solicitation, amplified sound, and posting or chalking, including the distribution of handbills and circulars at Sacramento State.
  • University Policy Manual: The University Policy Manual is the official source for policies of California State University, Sacramento. The manual is subject to change at any time as new policies are issued or current policies are updated. Additional policies that apply to students, staff, faculty and constituents connected to Sacramento State may be found within Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, the State Administrative Manual (SAM), the Integrated California State University Administrative Manual (ICSUAM), current collective bargaining agreements, CSU system-wide directives, the Sacramento State Course Catalog, and documents kept within the colleges, departments, and auxiliaries of the University.
  • Student Organizations & Leadership: Any member of the campus community or a person or organization outside the campus community can initiate an allegation of misconduct against a student organization. Allegations of misconduct shall normally be brought to the attention of the Associate Director of SO&L at 916-278-6595. More details on how to report can be found on page 24 in the Student Org Handbook (III. A. General Guidelines for Handling Student Organizations Misconduct).
  • Office of Equal Opportunity: Sacramento State’s Office of Equal Opportunity is the designated authority to review any allegations of sexual misconduct, stalking and dating violence. Students should immediately report these types of incidents to the Title IX Coordinator’s office at (916) 278-5770, regardless of whether they plan to conduct an internal adjudication process. Resources about Title IX and Sacramento State’s efforts regarding campus sexual violence prevention, can be found by visiting the WE CARE WE WILL HELP website at:
  • Student Health & Counseling Services: Confidential support and advocacy services are available 24 hours a day for victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking. We will help survivors review their options for reporting the crime and assist in making a report, if desired. We will help with obtaining medical and counseling services, and restraining orders, and we can coordinate victim services both on and off campus. For confidential support during regular business hours: Student Health and Counseling Services at (916) 278-6461. For confidential support after hours: WEAVE (916) 920-2952
  • Sacramento State Police Department: Suspicious activity and/or crimes can be reported to our campus police department. Call (916) 278-6000 or dial 911 from any campus phone. More info can also be found by visiting:
Sacramento State supports and promotes freedom of expression and assembly by students, faculty, staff, and the general public. The campus is interested in increasing the likelihood that such expressions and assemblies take place in a safe manner that preserves the rights of those participating in the activities as well as those impacted by them. For more information, please visit the Student Activism Protocol page.

We categorize all student organizations into areas that each SO&L staff member advises:  Academic (sorted by College), Cultural, Fraternity, Greek Councils, Political, Recreation, Religious, Service, Special Interest, Sport, Sorority, and University Sponsored Clubs (not connected to a College). Each advisor's area is outlined on the SO&L About Us page.

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Student Organizations & Leadership (SO&L) advocates for students and contributes to learning, development, and retention by providing opportunities for involvement, leadership, and empowerment through a wide variety of organizations and programs.

University Union, 2nd Floor
(916) 278-6595

Office Hours: Fall and Spring Semesters
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Drop-In Advising Hours: Fall and Spring Semesters
Monday – Friday, 3 – 4 p.m.

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