An online training moduleSponsoredStudent Organizations:Leadership Team Guide
Sponsored Student Organizations: Leadership TeamInformation Expectations Rules Resources The purpose of this module is to provide you with information that is critical to your success as a student leader and to the success of your student organization.
Information Oregon State University recognizes that sponsored student organizations are inherently linked to the University because of their role in enhancing education, representing OSU, and/or presenting events that are considered an integral part of the institution. In order to best support the learning of student leaders in our community, we have adopted a philosophical approach of partnership and collaboration for advising individual students and student organizations as “facilitators” in the involvement experience. As “facilitators,” faculty advisors work with administrators, faculty, and staff to support student organization members and leaders in making intelligent, fair, and reasonable choices within the boundaries established by state, federal, and local laws, university rules/policies,and the mission of the sponsoring unit. It is important that there is an intentional relationship between the Leadership Team of your organization and the faculty advisor as the faculty advisor serves as the primary “facilitator” to Sponsored Student Organizations at Oregon State University.
Student Organization Philosophy Student organizations provide living laboratories in which leadership skills are gained and honed. They give students an opportunity to pursue their interests, to succeed, to fail, and most importantly, to grow. Classrooms don’t always provide the opportunity for responsible and accountable involvement that engagement with student organizations provides. Leadership is not merely a collection of skills; leaders must forge their style through experiences that allow them to build and apply organizational and individual capacities for the public good. Student organizations are one of the few opportunities students have to gain hands-on experience while working towards the public good. Oregon State University recognizes the contributions of Student Organizations in creating a compelling learning environment that prepares students to live in a multicultural society and work in a global community. The University recognizes that all students should have access to form and join organizations of their own choosing to enhance their educational experience, support holistic personal development and retention.In order to facilitate the development of these opportunities for involvement, the following values serve as a compass in determining theclassification and support for student organizations at OSU.• Alignment - As advisors, administrators, educators, students, and student organizations, we are aligned with the core mission and values of Oregon State University.• Access - We believe that a student’s ability to form and join organizations of their own choosing is a high priority. As a result, we are committed to having clear, visible, and student- friendly resources and processes that facilitate easy access. This is inclusive of, but not limited to: a mentoring relationship, advising, assistance with recruitment, and access to meeting and activity space.• Engagement - We recognize the value of co-curricular and academic involvement throughout the student experience and are dedicated to facilitating partnerships with students that support shared accountability, responsibility, and learning. Through engagement with student organizations, students develop leadership and organizational skills which enhance knowledge, holistic growth, community development, and student retention.• Health & Community - We support clubs and organizations that enhance our community by providing opportunities for leadership, learning, diversity, and social responsibility. The health of the community will be one of purposeful, open, safe, just, and celebrative outcomes that allow students and the campus to flourish in meeting institutional goals.
50 Years of University Student Student Leader Standard of Care Relationships As a leader of your student organization, you assume the responsibility 1950 – In Loco Parentis for your student organization and are held accountable for all actions 1960-70’s – Civil Rights Era and outcomes of your organization. 1980-2010 – Bystander Era 2010 – Duty Era 1. Training – as a student leader you are required to complete OSU Student Leader training to ensure that you have the knowledge and The University has a duty to care opportunity to lead your organization successfully for the well-being of its students, 2. Risk Management – you are required to: asses the risk all of your and the students have a duty to activities and events; develop risk management plans; and provide care for themselves. The membership with direction around foreseeable risks. University and the students shareFacilitator Model 3. Advising, Direction, and Control – as a student leader, you are the responsibility for the actions responsible for developing a relationship with your organization of the students and their campus faculty advisor, organization leaders, and members to ensure that all organizations. organization goals, activities, etc. represent the organization, sponsoring department and University missions. The student leaders of the organization should annually review governing documents, set organization goals, and direct day-to-day activities “The facilitator model adapts of the organizations. Faculty advisors aid in connecting student business law to the unique leaders with departmental expectations and resources, university university community and to each college uniquely” (Bickel policy and regulations, professional development, and the history of and Lake 1999: Rights and the organization. Student leaders are responsible for reporting all Responsibilities of a Modern student organization activities to the Faculty Advisor. University). 4. Equipment, Facilities, and Finances – resource access by student organizations are governed by laws, statutes, policies, and procedures. Faculty advisors are responsible for identification of and engagement with all of these resources to ensure that students can meet or exceed the University Standard of Care.
Guiding Boundaries: • Mission and values of the University and Sponsoring Unit Duty Era – Finding Balance • • University and student rules Local, state, and federal laws • University Standard of Care and Procedures The facilitator university model is a philosophical • Organization governing approach to working with students in the Duty Era. documents While the university has the responsibility of • Administrative documents from ensuring that students are prepared and capable ofFacilitator Model affiliated local or national making fair, intelligent, and reasonable decisions, organizations the students also assume responsibility for their actions and decisions. “ The vision of the facilitator university model illustrates what is reasonable A facilitator university seeks shared responsibility, and positive in the relationships among students, universities and the legal and the goal for advisors and students is to find a system… A legal paradigm that asks colleges to exercise reasonable balance. Establishment of a partnership that creates care…and asks students to be accountable… is fair, balanced and an environment where student leadership is safer, and contributes to a sense of community” (Bickel and Lake 1999: respected and the faculty advisor is actively engaged Rights and Responsibilities of a Modern University). in the development and education of the leaders leads to success for the organization.