Responsibilities of a Chapter/Alumni Advisor
- Provide guidance and advice to the chapter
- Attend chapter/executive meetings when needed or as expected
- Advise chapter officers
- Meet regularly with the chapter president and other officers to discuss important chapter issues
- Actively communicate with chapter members, OFSL staff, regional/province offices, and inter/national headquarters as required
- Read and understand the Elevation Accreditation Program to support the chapter’s adherence to their Action Plan, and their ultimate accreditation status
- Be knowledgeable about procedures and policies associated with the inter/national organization
We also recognize your role may be defined by inter/national organization and may require more than the responsibilities listed above, although this is a general overview of the advising responsibilities.
Tips for Chapter/Alumni Chapter Advisors
- Consider joining and becoming involved in the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA)
- Obtain a copy of the chapter and inter/national organization’s Risk Management and Anti-Hazing Policies
- Determine which mode of communication works best when interacting with chapter members (email, phone calls, in-person meetings, etc.)
- Use the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life as a resource
- Review the chapter’s Elevation Accreditation Program submissions to support their efforts toward accreditation and improvement
- Assist the chapter in regularly setting realistic goals and reviewing progress
- Respond to all questions and request for help in a timely manner
- Create a trusting relationship with chapter officers by building rapport
- Challenge the chapter to grow and develop and then support them in their endeavors
- Know what the chapter expects from you as an advisor and make clear what you expect from them as chapter members
- Ask to receive all meeting agendas and minutes
- Encourage chapter members to participate in leadership development opportunities provided by the inter/national organization
- Provide chapters with support when it comes to recruitment/intake
- Ask questions to determine the culture of the campus and fraternity & sorority community
- Be actively involved in the CSU Greek Alumni Network
The following resources have been pulled from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) website, which is the national association dedicated to providing exception resources, experiences, and support to fraternity and sorority advisors.
All resources open as .pdf documents available for your download.
- AFA Core Competencies – for Excellence in the Profession
- Student Development Theory Resource Guide – An application in advising fraternities and sororities
- Advising Fraternities & Sororities- Chapter 1
- Advising Fraternities & Sororities – Chapter 2
The Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) provides standards and guidelines for professionals working within higher education. As a supporter and advisor of fraternity and sorority students, you may find interest in knowing and understanding these standards and utilizing them to inform your advising work. To access the CAS standards for Fraternity and Sorority Advising Programs, you must visit the AFA website, which has permission to post the standards.