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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to be an Advisor?
Any full-time faculty/staff member of Pace University may serve as an Advisor. Adjunct or Part Time faculty/ staff can either co-advise a group or can be a full time advisor with permission from the Director for Student Development & Campus Activities. Students are not eligible to be advisors.

What is the time commitment for being an Advisor?
This is really up to you. If you choose to attend all meetings and events, it could be 1-4 hours per week. If you choose to meet with the group’s officers and attend occasional events, it could be as little as 1-4 hours per month. You may choose to allow students to drop by your office at any time or may ask them to schedule appointments. Your availability should be made clear to your organization from the start. Our Advisor Agreement Form (PDF) assists in this process!

What are the responsibilities associated with being an Advisor?
This area is also flexible and should be discussed between the organization and yourself. We want advisors to be more than just a name on paper, so we would encourage you to attend meetings and events as time allows. We would also suggest that you assist the group with transitioning and training officers, understanding university policies and resolving potential conflicts. If you are searching for full details download our Advisor Resource Manual (PDF).

What are the benefits to being an Advisor?
There are many benefits to serving as an Advisor. You will have the opportunity to interact closely with a group of students, often in a capacity very different from your regular job. We hope that you will find the position rewarding because you will make a positive impact on the lives of students. You may develop new skill sets that can assist you in your current jobs. You may feel a greater connectedness to the university as a whole.

Can I be held responsible for my organization’s mistakes?
You are there to help the organization make sound decisions, but ultimately, the students are responsible for those decisions. As long as you are partaking in official student organization meetings or events, you are insured by the university in the role of an Advisor. Use your best judgment is deciding which activities you would like to attend. Note- it is not recommended to transport students in your own vehicle at any time, as your personal insurance would have to cover any incidents.

Can I be paid to serve as an Advisor?
The Advisors for Media Groups are paid, all others are not. If you require additional information please email Shawn Livingston or call (914) 773-3863.

If you are interested in serving as a Student Organization Advisor, please complete the Student Organization Advisor Interest Form, email the Center for Student Development & Campus Activities, or call (914) 773- 3767.

View a list of student organizations on OrgSync. By clicking on individual groups, you will be able to see their student leadership, current advisor and organization mission.