At OSU, a faculty/staff advisor is appointed by the sponsoring department to serve as the primary “facilitator” to a SSO. SSOs are required to have an assigned advisor, as articulated in the Sponsorship Agreement between the student organization and sponsoring unit. Advisors to SSOs should review and understand the role and responsibilities of department appointed advisors.
VSOs are not required to have a Faculty Advisor. Therefore, those who choose to advise these organizations have no formal responsibility or oversight of the organization. The role and responsibilities of the advisor to a VSO is minimal and since there are few rules for what role the advisor will take, it is up to you to sit down with the VSO and come to an agreement about what role they will play.