Thanks for your commitment to the development of Boston University’s student organizations and to our campus community. Student Activities is committed to shaping and supporting your future as an advisor, as well as those of our students.

This section contains the core policies that student organizations in Commonwealth and Brookline roads are expected to follow when planning events and working with our office. We hope you’ll find this information helpful and informative in your role as a student organization advisor. If you would like any further assistance or have questions, please reach out to us.

Role & Purpose

At Boston University, Commonwealth and Brookline student organizations are required to have an advisor who is a faculty or staff member. Each advisor’s role may differ based on the needs of their student group, including group expectations, organizational needs, and personal interests. Student Activities is here to help you understand your role and work together to provide the best experience for our student leaders.

Our goal is to support you as an advisor and be a resource for you throughout the school year. We’ve outlined some of the more important details and policies we feel will help you in your role in advising our student groups.

As an advisor there are a few recommendations we have to help you establish expectations and guidelines with our student groups. Most importantly, we want you to feel comfortable coming to us if you have any questions or need some clarification on a policy or procedure we require for our groups.

Whether you are new to advising a club or have been advising the same organization for years, it’s a good idea to sit with your group’s new executive board in the fall (or when they transition leadership) to talk about expectations. It’s good to talk about the expectations you have for the executive board for example, maintaining an open line of communication and respecting appropriate timelines.  We want students to understand you are another resource for them just as much as Student Activities and they should respect the fact that you are busy and have other responsibilities aside from advising the group. You should also ask what the students expectations are for you as their advisor. You might learn that they want you to attend e-board meetings or attend on average one event per semester. All of our groups are different and have different needs, try to be open to what they are asking and compromise if you think their expectations are unrealistic.


If you are an advisor of a Brookline organization, you will have additional requirements for the group’s financial expenditures. Brookline organizations are required to get advisor approval for any purchase above $200.00. This ensures appropriate use of spending with the undergraduate student fee money and gives you the chance to stay up to date on clubs activities and programs. An example of an unacceptable purchase or outing would include a dinner for the eboard members at a local restaurant. For questions or concerns about appropriate spending, please contact the Associate Director of Student Activities.