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Advisor Resources

Thank you for your interest in student organizations at UW-River Falls! Advisors are a critical part of the success of student organizations.  Over 150 student organizations make UW-River Falls a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere for students to grow, learn, and call home. Below you will find many resources which will assist you in advising your student organization.  Click on the plus sign next to any of the content categories to find out more information.  If you have additional questions please contact the Office of Student Involvement.

Advisor FAQs

Who is eligible to be an Advisor?

In order to be an Advisor you must be employed at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  All faculty and staff are eligible to advise a student organization.  Full time versus part time status does not affect you ability to serve in this role.

What is the time commitment that comes along with being an Advisor?

An Advisor's time commitment can vary.  Faculty and staff interested in being an Advisor should have a conversation with the leadership within the student organization they are interested in advising to discuss their expectations versus those of the student organization.  Once a consensus is met around time expectations you can make a decision on whether to advise the student organization.

Is it important that I be at ALL of my organization's events?

In most cases, Advisors are not expected to regularly attend events and are never expected to be at every event.  This being said, your attendance at large events such as Involvement Fairs and the Leadership Gala is appreciated.

What are the responsibilities associated with being an Advisor?

The responsibilities of an Advisor can vary from one student organization to another and should be discussed with the leadership within the student organization you are interested in or are currently advising.  Most Advisors are expected to attend large events, help with budgeting, and be available to answer questions from the Office of Student Involvement or organizational leadership.

Can I be paid to be an Advisor?

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls does not pay student organization Advisors.

My organization is not performing as well as I think they should be.  What should I do?

Remember that you are advising a student run organization.  It is okay to let students fail sometimes.  Encourage your students to accomplish the goals that they have set out to do, but do not accomplish them for them.  Allowing them to struggle and discover how to effectively run a student organization will help them out in the long run.

As an Advisor, should I be an administrator on FalconSync?

Yes, all Advisors should be an administrator on FalconSync.  If you do not have administrative privileges please contact the Office of Student Involvement.

Where can I get more information?

If you have further questions about becoming an Advisor or the roles and responsibilities associated with such a role contact the Office of Student Involvement.  Staff would be happy to schedule a meeting with you to discuss the benefits and opportunities of being an Advisor, as well as to answer any questions you may have.

Benefits of Being an Advisor

Advising a student organization gives you an opportunity to interact with students outside of the classroom setting about something you are both mutually interested in.  An advisor-advisee relationship is one that touches students' lives on a different level and allows you to create relationships with students and can lead to friendships and life-long mentoring.

Advising will give you the opportunity to make a difference in the community, keep up to date on campus events, and make UWRF a home away from home for students.  Advisors have a unique role, walking a line between leading an organization themselves and giving students the tools to lead the organization.  Seeing students develop new skills and grow as individuals and a group is another benefit of advising.

The ABCs of Advising

The ABCs of Advising can help you further understand your role as an Advisor.  The tool helps you develop an understanding of your role prior to discussing expectations with the leaders of the student organization you are interested in advising. 

Dos and Don'ts of Advising

Being an Advisor can be an extremely rewarding experience, but when your student organization is struggling it can be challenging.  Below are some dos and don'ts to remember while filling your role as a student organization Advisor.

DoDon't
...serve as a resource
...micromanage the organization
...interpret and clarify University policies
...run organization meetings
...suggest program ideas
...use veto power over organization decisions
...serve as a role model
...be the sole recruiter for new members
...provide history for the organization
...say "I told you so"
...allow the group to succeed
...break promises
...allow the group to fail
...be the leader of the student organization
...teach leadership skills
...be unavailable
...keep your sense of humor
...be afraid to let the organization fail
...enjoy being part of the student organization
...impose your own bias
...get to know members individually
...close communication
...discuss concerns with officers privately and praise them publicly
...assume the organization handles everything okay and doesn't need you
...help students find a balance between activities and academics
 
...encourage feedback and evaluations
 
...be visible
 
...help resolve conflict

...meet with officers and help them establish goals



 

Role of an Advisor

Each Advisor fills a different role within their student organization.  Some Advisors play a very active role by attending meetings, working with student officers, and assisting in program planning and development.  Others maintain a more distant relationship with the student organization.  No matter your style, keeping some regular contact with your student organization is critical.  While Advisors accept the responsibility of keeping informed about the activities of the organization they are not responsible for the actions or policies of the student organization.  Students are solely responsible for the actions and activities of any student organization.  It is always important to understand the Advisor role within each student organization.  Below are some of the roles Advisors can fill.  Please note that some of the content of this section has been adapted from the 2015 University of Central Missouri Advisor Manual.

Mentor

Many students will come to see their Advisor as a mentor and the success of these relationships can last many years and be rewarding for both the student and Advisor.  If the student is seeking an education and career in your field, you may be asked to assist in their professional development.  To be effective in this role, you will need knowledge of their academic program and profession, a genuine interest in the personal and professional development of new professionals, and a willingness to connect students to a network of professionals. 

Team Builder

When new officers and members join your student organization, you may need to take the initiative to turn the students from individuals with separate goals and expectations to a team.  Team building is important because it enhances the relationships of the students.  Positive relationships help the organization succeed as well as work through conflicts and difficult times.

Conflict Mediator

Inevitably, students are going to join a student organization with different agendas, goals, and ideas about how things should function.  When working with students who have come into conflict, if needed, meet with them and have them discuss their issues with each other.  In many cases, remind them that they both want what is best for the organization.  Ask them how they think they can work together, point out the organization's mission, and ask how their conduct is helping the organization thrive.

Sometimes, one student may be causing problems with other students.  In many cases, this student may not realize that their actions are causing a problem.  Speaking with the student individually could be helpful.  Chances are that no one has met with the student previously and discussed how their attitudes and actions are impacting other people and how they can be changed to make everyone feel better.  In many cases, the student will appreciate honest feedback.

Educator

Your role as an educator will often come through modeling behavior geared toward success, guiding the students in reflection of their actions, and being there to answer questions.  One of the most difficult actions to take as an Advisor is to do nothing, but sometimes this can be the most important action of all.  Allow the students to make their own decisions even if they do not align with your ideas.  Sometimes, students will succeed; other times, they may fail.  They key is to be a reflective agent and give students a safe place to reflect and learn from their experiences.

Motivator

As an Advisor, you may have to motivate students to excel, carry out their plans, and achieve their goals.  Some students are easily discouraged and at the first sign of difficulty they may want to quit.  You will need to be their "cheerleader" to keep them excited about all of the potential successes they will experience.  You can motivate students through the recognition of their efforts, appealing to their desire to create change, and connecting their experiences here at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to the experiences they will have upon graduation.

Policy Interpreter

Student organizations operate under policies, procedures, and rules.  At times, students may not be aware of these policies and will unintentionally violate them.  The more you know about these policies the better advice you can give to students on their plans.

Recognition Opportunities

Spring and Fall Involvement Fairs: The Fall and Spring Involvement Fairs focus on our student organizations, but we offer a token of appreciation to Advisors who stop by the event to support student organizations.

2017 Fall Involvement Fair: September 5, 2017, 11 AM-1 PM

2018 Spring Involvement Fair: January 24, 2018, 11 AM-1 PM

Monthly Awards: Each month student organization leaders are encouraged to nominate outstanding advisors for their efforts.  In addition to the Advisor(s) of the Month, the Office of Student Involvement recognizes outstanding student organizations with awards including: Student Organization of the Month and Event(s) of the Month.  Winners will be contacted via e-mail and will be recognized in video updates on FalconSync as well as in the Involvement Center.

Executive Order 54

If your organization is inviting guests to campus who are under the age of 18, you will have to be trained as a mandated reporter per Executive Order #54.  Executive Order #54 requires UW system employees and students who work with youth, to immediately report child abuse or neglect. Thoroughly follow the process below to ensure that you are an informed Mandated Reporter.  If you have questions on whether you need to be a Mandated Reporter contact Risk Management.

  • Step 1: Click here and complete the Mandated Reporter (Executive Order #54) online training.  Read the information and then click the blue "Begin" button on the bottom right of the page.  Please note that training will take approximately 45 minutes.
  • Step 2: When you have finished the training upload the Mandated Reporter Proof of Completion form to FalconSync.

It is very important that you complete this training and quiz.  It is mandated within the state of Wisconsin to protect the minors we interact with.

Contracts

 If your organization is bringing a performer, speaker, or service provider to campus and is planning to pay them, a contract will need to be created.  Contracts ensure that an agreement is made between the guest and the University regarding payment, liability, and service details.  A member of the student organization will only need to complete the Contract Payment Request within the Treasury menu in the organization's FalconSync portal at least 30 days prior to the event.  This form will have all the information the Student Involvement Budget Coordinator needs to create the contract.  The Director of Student Involvement will sign contracts for student organizations.  Please note, as an Advisor you are not expected to sign contracts.

If your student organization is bringing a performer, speaker, or service provider and is not paying them the volunteer must fill out the Volunteer Agreement Form

Campus Reservations

Below you will find information regarding necessary steps that must be taken to reserve space on campus. If you have any questions regarding an event or activity please contact the Office of Student Involvement.

Reserving a Space

All reservations for space on campus are made through Campus Reservations, located in the Involvement Center.  Review the policies and procedures below to ensure that your space reservation is successful. Please take a moment and review the important notes regarding all reservations before reviewing your specific type of reservation.

Important Notes

  • Late add: Events scheduled within three days (72 hours) of the event will incur a $25 late add fee if special event set-up is required. 
  • Set-up fees: Organizations using facilities may incur charges for set-up, supervision, or other fees depending on the scope and nature of the event.
  • Tech fees: Please note there is a $5/hour fee when using technology in the University Center or Lydecker Living Learning Center.
  • Ongoing Reservations: The maximum number of times an organization or department can reserve a meeting room for "ongoing, week-to-week use" is three times per week.  University Center staff reserves the right to change room assignments in the event of a conflict or to accommodate additional requests.
  • If you have any questions please contact Campus Reservations.

Reserving Space on Campus

When a space reservation is required for an event there are a few steps that should be followed.

  1. Fill out a reservation request form: E-mail your request to Campus Reservations, fill out a Campus Reservations Form online, or complete the paper form in person at the Campus Reservations office located in the Involvement Center.
  2. Order food: If food and beverages are being ordered from Chartwells for the event, contact the Catering Manager Note: Recognized student organizations are allowed to provide pre-packaged and/or prepared and delivered food (no homemade items) and non-alcoholic beverages in connection with authorized meetings or events held in the University Center as long as the total value does not exceed $100.
  3. Receive confirmation: The Campus Reservations Office will confirm all reservations via e-mail.  Each confirmation will include audio/visual/technical needs and room set-up information.
  4. Review confirmation: Upon receiving the electronic confirmation, it is your responsibility to determine if the facility reservation is correct and complete. Contact Campus Reservations if any errors are found in your reservation.

Reserving Large Spaces for an Event

If you are holding a large scale event and would like to reserve large indoor or outdoor spaces on campus please be sure to follow the steps below.

Riverside Ballroom, Falcon's Nest, or Lydecker Center

  1. Fill out a reservation request form at least 90 days prior to your event date.  You can reserve for large events (i.e. - blood drive, drag show, etc...) up to 18 months in advance.
  2. The room reservation will remain tentative status until the group meets with Campus Reservations staff to discuss and finalize event details.
  3. Confirm all event details and needs with Campus Reservations at least 30 days prior to the event date (a $5 late fee will be added each day until event details are finalized).
  4. Campus Reservations will confirm all reservation requests and send out confirmations via e-mail.  Please review all confirmations to ensure all details are correct.  Please contact Campus Reservations regarding any errors or questions within your reservation.

Outdoor Spaces

  1. Submit a request at least 30 days prior to your event date by e-mailing Campus Reservations or submitting the Campus Reservations Outdoor Space Request.
  2. If the event does not include a bonfire, the request will be processed and a confirmation will be sent via e-mail. If a bonfire is involved, the group will be sent a tentative confirmation and a link to the regulations surrounding such an event.
  3. Visit the link within the e-mail, read the agreement, and sign the form electronically.
  4. Once you receive the final confirmation, review it and ensure all details are correct.  Contact Campus Reservations will regarding any errors or questions.
Travel Options

 If your organization plans to travel to a location off campus, there are a few transportation options that can be used.  Listed below are those options:

Personal Vehicles: Members may choose to use a personal vehicle to travel to their destination. Please note that when using a personal vehicle the owner's own insurance is primary and the University's is secondary.  When using a personal vehicle please visit https://www.uwrf.edu/RiskManagement/PersonalVehicleUse.cfm
If your organization received funding from AFAB and budgeted for travel, they are able to be reimbursed for 50 percent of the mileage traveled.  The organization will only be reimbursed IF you received funding for transportation and only up to the amount your organization was allocated.

Fleet Vehicles: Facilities Management maintains a fleet of cars, mini-vans, and 15-passenger vans for use by the UWRF campus community.  Please note there is a four hour training that must be completed in order to use the 15-passenger van and drivers must be 25 years of age or older. Follow the steps below to use a Fleet Vehicle for your travel:

A Driver Authorization Form must be completed and be on file with Risk Management prior to vehicle use.  Upon form approval, a Vehicle Request Form can be completed, signed, and sent to Facilities Management via campus mail or by dropping it off.

A driver's license is required for identification when keys are picked up.

There is a minimum charge of 100 miles on the use of all Fleet Vehicles

Please note, if your organization received funding from AFAB for transportation, the fee for Fleet Vehicle use will automatically be changed to your student organization's account.  If your organization did not receive funding for Fleet Vehicles, you will have to find a different mode of transportation.

CarShare: Enterprise Rent-A-Car offers car sharing on campus through Enterprise CarShare.  To learn more about the program click here!

Airfare: If your organization was allocated funding for airfare through AFAB, please meet with the Student Involvement Budget Coordinator in the Office of Student Involvement.  Please do not buy your own airfare under any circumstances as you will not be able to be reimbursed for your cost.


Funding/Fundraising
Funding

There are a two different ways that you can request funding for your student organization.  First, your student organization can develop a budget and request annual funding through AFAB.  If your student organization is not approved or does not qualify to receive annual funding you can still request single event funding.  Both of these options are explained in more detail below.  If you have further questions about funding for your student organization please contact the Office of Student Involvement

Annual Funding

If your organization is looking for funding for events, conferences, and supplies throughout an entire academic year, they can apply for Annual Funding.  The Allocable Fees Appropriations Board (AFAB) reviews requests and distributes funding to organizations using money collected from every student through the Organized Activities Segregated Fee.   

To be eligible for funding for the following academic year, an organization must meet these requirements:

  • Membership in the organization must be open to the entire student body
  • Events included in an organization's Annual Budget request must be open to all students
  • The organization must have a representative attend Annual Budget Training held mid-fall semester
  • The organization must submit their Annual Budget Request via their organization's FalconSync portal by 11:59 p.m. on the designated date during spring semester
  • The organization must have a representative attend a 5-minute Annual Budget Hearing with AFAB to discuss the organization's request

Please note that AFAB does not fund items such as fundraisers for the organization, items that will be kept by organization members (i.e. t-shirts, books, etc.), individual meals for members during travel, etc.

For more information about Annual Funding, please contact the Office of Student Involvement.

Single Event Funding

If your organization is looking for funding for one-time events, conferences, and supply purchases, they can apply for Single-Event Funding.  The Allocable Fees Appropriations Board (AFAB) reviews requests and distributes funding to organizations using money collected from every student through the Organized Activities Segregated Fee.   

An organization can apply for Single-Event Funding either 3 times per semester or up to $1,500 per semester, whichever comes first.  Once you submit your Single-Event Funding request via your organization's FalconSync portal, you are invited to an AFAB meeting to discuss your request.  AFAB members will ask you to explain your request, ask you questions about it, and make a decision about funding the request.  Single-Event Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply as early as possible. 

Please note that AFAB does not fund items such as fundraisers for the organization, items that will be kept by organization members (i.e. t-shirts, books, etc.), individual meals for members during travel, etc.

For more information about Annual Funding, please contact the Office of Student Involvement.

Fundraising

There are several different ways that you can raise funds for your student organization.  Prior to choosing a method to fundraise it is important to understand how to hold a successful fundraiser.  

How to host a successful fundraiser…

Student organizations can choose to host events to raise money for their student organizations or a charity of their choosing.  These events can take a variety of forms and sizes.  The size of an event determines how much time should be allowed for planning.  In all cases, we recommend you allow at least 2-4 months to plan a fundraiser.  A successfully planned fundraiser can do much more than raise money.  It can promote and market your student organization, as well as create pride among existing members.  Please see the checklist below to ensure that you are adequately prepared to plan and execute a successful event. Please note that AFAB does not fund most fundraising.

Pre-event planning

  • Always have a fundraising goal in mind.  Having a goal can help you select the most appropriate fundraiser to meet your needs.
  • Be creative!  Don't do an event that every other organization on campus is doing or this will not catch students' attention.
  • Create a fundraising budget early!  If you need assistance understanding what is needed for a particular event, come see us in the Office of Student Involvement.
  • Create a timeline for your event and stick to it.  The timeline will help ensure that your event is properly planned and successful.

Characteristics of successful fundraising

  • It happens at a regular interval so students can expect it.
  • It appeals to a diverse group of students.  The more people who will be interested, the better!
  • It is well advertised so students and people outside your organization know about it.
  • There is little overhead cost.  These are costs that the organization must pay in order for the fundraiser to occur.
  • It highlights the talents of your group.  Look at the strengths of your members and host a fundraiser that focuses on them.
Prohibited Fundraising

Please note that any fundraiser that involves the "sale" of people or services (i.e.- date auction or service auction events) are prohibited.  Although these events may not be designed to inflict harm, they do use such language and structure consistent with slavery.  Such activities may intentionally or unintentionally demean students on our campus, create unsafe situations, and are not consistent with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls institutional values.

Food Stands

 Food stands are frequently used by UWRF student organizations.  While this is an effective fundraising activity it is very important that your organization know and follow proper processes and procedures related to food stands.  Please thoroughly review the process below to ensure a successful food stand!

Step 1: In order to host a temporary food stand, one organization representative must take and pass the Food Stand Quiz with a score of at least 90% one time per year.  This representative is expected to then provide guidance to other members who prepare and/or staff the food stand.  

Step 2: Complete the Food Stand Application. This application must be filled out by the person who took and passed the Food Safety Quiz and must be submitted at least 14 days before the food stand.  Organizations are limited to three food stands per year.  If you are wishing to have more than three food stands per year, your organization must work with Pierce County Public Health to obtain a Temporary Food Stand Permit.

Step 3: Once the Food Stand Application is submitted the Office of Student Involvement will review the application.  Please note a lack of detailed answers may result in denial of the application.  The Office of Student Involvement will then notify the student organization if their application has been approved or denied.  If the application is approved, a copy of the Food Stand Application will be e-mailed to the president of the hosting student organization.  If the food being served is required to maintain a specific temperature, a Food Temperature Recording Chart will also be e-mailed to you.

Step 4: Pick up a food safety kit from the Information Desk located in the University Center on the day of the food stand.  Additionally, the Food Stand Application must be on display at all times during the food stand.

Step 5: The Food Temperature Recording Chart must be completed and turned back in to the Involvement Center Desk within 14 academic days after the completion of the food stand.  Failure to do so will result in the loss of food stand privileges for your organization for one year.

Apparel Sales

Prior to designing or selling any apparel it is important to understand the University rules that surround using the Falcon or University logo.  Please note any design with the Falcon, Freddy, the UWRF logo, or even the words UWRF or the University of Wisconsin-River Falls requires a waiver signed by University Communications and you will need to provide your art in a viewing .PDF or .JPEG so staff can view it before approval.  Please remember that anything with the UWRF logo or language on it must be appropriate because it is representing the University.  Marketing and Graphics located in the University Center can help with the approval of designs containing University licensed words or images.   

Consider the following when creating apparel for fundraising purposes:

  • Apparel is best if sold to existing members within a student organization.  The apparel should be optional to buy and funds raised by sales should be allocated to a specific event or cause. 
  • If you are looking to sell apparel to the general campus community, be sure to take into account the overhead costs of designing and creating apparel for such a large population. 

Fundraising at Local Restaurants

Some student organizations hold fundraisers at local restaurants where the organization recieves a designated percentage of the sales.  Please note the following when considering such a fundraiser:

  • Overhead costs to organize such a fundraiser are not funded by AFAB

  • Some restaurants require that student organization members assist on site during the fundraiser

  • In order to fundraise at some local restaurants a tax ID number is required, please click here to contact the appropriate University personnel for assistance with this process.

One of the more popular options for restaurant fundraising is Buffalo Wild Wings Eat Wings, Raise Funds.  Other restaurants that may have fundraising opportunities include Culvers and Chipotle.

Online Crowdfunding

Online crowdfunding is raising money by getting small donations from a large number of people.  This fundraising tactic often uses online sites and social media such as Go Fund Me, etc.  Please note the following when considering crowdfunding for your student organization.

  • This method is usually used to fund a large trip, program, project, or purchase.
  • The most effective way to crowdfund is to have each member individually reach out to their family and friends for donations.
  • This method is especially effective with the increasing use of social media.  Consider that millennials check their phone an average of 43 times per day.  This means your fundraising will be sure to catch the attention of your friends and family.

Examples of websites that support crowdfunding include:

Philanthropic Events

Philanthropic events are held by student organizations and usually do not require admission, but donations for a charity are normally collected. Please note while AFAB does not fund events that fundraise for a student organization itself, they will consider funding philanthropic events which raise money for a charity.  If you have any questions regarding philanthropic events or AFAB funding please contact the Office of Student Involvement.

Please consider the following when planning a philanthropic event:

  • It is best if a fundraising event is related to your student organization's mission or cause.  One good example of this is the GSA hosting the Drag Show, or the Dance Team hosting Dancing with the Stars.
  • Remember you can always use other fundraising methods such as vendor tabling to get the word out on campus about your event, but don't forget the number one way to market on college campuses is word of mouth.  Tell your friends and have them tell their friends!

Examples of other philanthropic events at UWRF include:

  • Take Back the Night
  • Puppy Petting
  • Dancing with the Stars
University Center Fundraising Policy

Recognized student organizations and University departments may use the University Center for fundraising activities.  Other organizations and off-campus vendors must be sponsored by a recognized student organization or campus department and have prior approval from the Director of the University Center.  Additional policies are listed below:

  • Recognized student organizations and University departments may sponsor three non-food fundraising events each semester with a maximum length of three days each. 
  • The Director of the University Center is responsible for the approval or denial of all off-campus vendors based on the following conditions:
  • A copy of a written agreement between the vendor and the student org is made available to the Campus Reservations office.
  • The sponsoring student organization must supply exact times/dates the vendor will be on campus.  In addition, the description of merchandise, names of three references where the vendor has sold merchandise before, and a list of requested equipment must be provided.
  • The name of the sponsoring organization must be clearly posted at the site of sale.
  • The sponsoring student organization is expected to be present at the time the vendor is setting up and tearing down the display.
Marketing

There are several different ways that your student organization can advertise, recruit, and market at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  Regardless of the type all advertising must include the following information: 

  • Name of the organization
  • Date(s) of the event
  • Contact information/location. Please do not include personal contact information on advertisements or marketing. 

Prohibited: The following is not allowed on student organization advertisements.

  • Use of profanity or implications of sexual, racial, or other harassment
  • Promoting the use of alcohol or other drugs
  • Hateful and/or degrading language

If you plan to use the University name or any UWRF logo while advertising please review the restrictions of use.

Below are some of the ways you can get the word out about your student organization.  If you have any questions please contact the Office of Student Involvement.

Photo Opportunities

Want the world to know the awesome things your student organization is doing? Let us know and one of our Student Involvement Interns will come to your meeting or event to take your organization's photo! The photos will then be shared on the Office of Student Involvement Facebook page and posted in the Involvement Center. The photos will not only let us see the amazing things student organizations do each week, but will help you market your organization as well! Fill out this short form and start getting recognized today!

Posters

Posters are a proven marketing method on college campuses.  Marketing and Graphics holds workshop in the Involvement Center to help student organizations create marketing.  These workshops are held on Tuesdays from 10 AM-12 PM and Wednesdays from 2-4 PM during the academic year.  Sign up for the workshops at the Involvement Center Desk located in the University Center.  Additionally, when hanging posters be sure to follow the regulations below:

Residence Halls

All materials posted in the Residence Halls must be no larger than 11"x17".  Bring 11 copies of your organization's poster to the Residence Life Office in the basement of Hathorn Hall for approval.  Promotional materials will be then posted by Residence Life staff on a space-available basis. Students and/or student organizations cannot hang posters in the Residence Halls without prior approval.

Academic Buildings

Bulletin boards that are not labeled for a specific department are available for University-related postings.  Each specific college has different posting procedures.  Please visit the Dean's office in each college prior to hanging posters in the academic buildings.

University Center

The University Center has a several public posting areas near and around the Involvement Center.  Any student organization may post their materials in these areas.  Additionally, the Involvement Center calendar is open for student organizations to post events.  Postings on the calendar must meet the guidelines below:

  • Be less than 4"x6" in size.
  • Must be a one time event (no weekly meetings).
  • The event must be open to all students.

If there are any questions regarding posting in the University Center please visit the Office of Student Involvement or the Information Desk for assistance.

Vendor Tables

Vendor tables are a great way to market an event or recruit membership to your student organization, they can be used to:

  • Sell tickets to upcoming events
  • Sell organization apparel
  • Promote upcoming events
  • Market and recruit for your student organization 

Vendor tables must be reserved through Campus ReservationsWhen tabling follow the solicitation policy of the University Center listed below:

Group are not allow to approach students or others using University Center facilities.  This applies to material for sale, materials being given away (handed out), and verbal conversations aimed at persuading students to a particular point-of-view.

If you have questions regarding this policy please contact the Office of Student Involvement or the University Center Building Manager.

Residence Life tabling policy:

Designated members of approved campus organizations may utilize hall main lobbies to present their viewpoints by discussion or materials following approval by the Department of Residence Life.  A member of the organization must be present at the table while the materials are being distributed.  Recognized student organizations may reserved lounges in specific residence halls for informational meetings, candidate meetings, or presentations.  Questions can be directed to the Department of Residence Life.

Please note that solicitation in the residence halls is not permitted. 

Chalking

Chalking is a great way to promote your event to students navigating campus.  All chalking must be appropriate in content and include the name of the organization, date(s) of event, and contact information and/or location.  Chalk can be checked out from the University Center Information Desk.

Please note chalking is only permitted in designated areas on campus.  The designated area is on the main campus mall extending from Third Street to Sixth Street.  Any chalking done outside of this area may be removed and the organization(s)/individual(s) responsible may face disciplinary sanctions.  The graphic and notes below further explain where acceptable chalking can occur.

Chalking

  • Chalking is NOT allowed on the sides of the patio entrances to the University Center
  • Chalking is NOT allowed on the patios of the University Center.
  • Chalking is NOT allowed on the side wall face of the University Center.
Other Options...

Axis TV Slides: Advertise your organization's events on the large TV screens in the University Center, Riverside Commons, and on Channel 118 in the Residence Halls. Contact Marketing and Graphics for more information.

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram are all great ways to expand the reach of your marketing. Whatever method(s) you choose just remember to keep them up to date!

Group Development Resources

As an Advisor you are often asked to serve as a resource as groups form and develop.  The models and inventories below can be used as personal references or can be given to your student organization as a way to enhance self awareness and group development.

Group Dynamics: Tuckman's Model

All organizations are faced with the challenge of bringing together a team of diverse individuals.  Tuckman's Model can be used to help develop a productive and high-functioning team.  The model explains the various stages teams face as they become a high-functioning team.  All teams will make their way through each of the four stages: forming, storming, norming, and performing; although some stages may be more pronounced for some teams than others.

Conflict Resolution: Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument

All organizations will face conflict at some point during the group development process.  The Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument helps members understand their own and other member's conflict styles.  This self awareness and understanding can prove beneficial when conflict arises within your student organization. 

Yardsticks for Organizational Success

While most student organizations are high-functioning and operated fully by students, the Yardsticks for Organizational Success provides a tool to measure such successes.  This tool will allow you to passively measure success and intervene when potential problems arise before they grow and interfere the progress of your student organization.

Officer/Transition Resources

Each student organization has different needs and expectations of their Advisor.  When transitioning officers within your student organization it is critical that the new leadership team and you as their Advisor have reached consensus regarding needs and expectations.  Use the following checklists as a way to begin a discussion with student organization leaders about the responsibilities and expectations of each party.

Advisor Self-Evaluation Checklist

This checklist can help you as an Advisor further process what type of role you would like to fill within your student organization.  Filling out the checklist prior to discussing roles and responsibilities with new leadership within your student organization can lead to a richer discussion.

Student Leader-Advisor Worksheet

This worksheet is to intended to assist in identifying expectations of Advisors and student leaders.  The worksheet should be filled out by the Advisor and each officer within a student organization.  Once all parties have filled out the worksheet they should meet to share and compare answers and discuss differences.

Officer Transition Checklist

Most successful student organizations implement some form of officer transition program.  The Officer Transition Checklist should be used in additional to overlapping officer terms by at least one month so that new officers have the opportunity to work closely with outgoing officers.  Any questions regarding officer transitions can be directed to the Office of Student Involvement.

 


Important Dates

There are many important dates that are essential for you to know and remember.  Click here for a list of dates and deadlines to ensure your student organization's success!

Student Organization Policies
Hazing

Membership in a registered student organization at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is meant to be a valuable and beneficial experience to every student.  Each organization is encouraged to provide new members with an orientation that is positive, informative, and in alignment with federal, state, and local laws, as well as UWRF policies.  UWRF prohibits hazing in accordance with Wisconsin Statute 948.51.  

As defined by the Fraternity Executives Association, hazing is any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule.  Such activities and situations can be paddling of any sort, creation of excessive fatigue, physical or psychological shocks, quests, treasure/scavenger hunts, road trips or such activities, warring, apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste, engaging in public student or buffoonery, morally degrading or humiliating games, late work sessions  and any activities that interfere with scholastic activities which are not consistent with the organization laws, rituals, policies, or procedures of UWRF.

Political Activity

The following policy addresses some commonly asked questions regarding political activity on campus.  Please contact the Office of Student Involvement regarding any questions you may have which are not addressed in this policy.

Can a student organization plan a political event to be hosted on campus?

Political events can be sponsored by student organizations under certain circumstances, but any student organization planning such an event is encouraged to contact the Office of Student Involvement to ensure their event falls within UW System policy.  Non-partisan events are acceptable under UW system policy and are encouraged.  Events such as campus tours for candidates, open forums with candidates, and debates would all be considered non-partisan political events.

Can a student organization fundraise for a political candidate on campus?

No. State law prohibits the use of state owned buildings for political fundraising.  This means that on-campus fundraising cannot be political in nature.

Can student organizations use their AFAB funding to contribute to or advertise for a political campaign or candidate?

No. UW system policy states student organizations may not use AFAB funding to make contributions or donations of any kind to a political campaign or candidate.  While donations of any kind to a political campaign are prohibited student organizations can use their AFAB funding to produce political promotional materials being displayed on-campus.  Any questions about the appropriate use of segregated fees should be referred to the Office of Student Involvement Budget Coordinator.

Can student organizations urge students to vote?  What about voting for a particular political party or candidate?

Yes. Student organizations can encourage students to vote and inform students about upcoming elections.  Additionally, student organizations can also encourage students to vote for a particular party or candidate.  Please note, UW system policy prohibits the use of state-owned buildings or AFAB budget funds for political fundraising, so while you may encourage students to vote in a particular manner you cannot fundraise for any candidate.  If you have any questions if you event is in violation of this policy please discuss your idea with the Office of Student Involvement.

Can campaigning be done in the Residence Halls?

Individuals who wish to campaign in the residence halls regardless if representing Hall Council, RHA, Student Senate, Town of River Falls, or State of Wisconsin must adhere to the following procedure.  Any individual running in an election will have the opportunity to utilize hall main lobbies to present their viewpoints by discussion or materials following approval by the Department of Residence Life.  The manner of presentation must not interfere with the flow of traffic, not constitute harassment to residents, and must be done in a reasonable fashion so that the information/discussion is conducted on a voluntary basis with student residents.

Risk Management

Student Organization Assumption of Risk

By participating in student organizations, as a member and/or as a participant, it is assumed participation is voluntary and by its very nature, carries with it certain inherent risks.  Specific risks vary based upon the activity and can range from minor injuries to catastrophic accidents that can result in major injury or death.  UW-River Falls encourages participants to consult with a doctor regarding any strenuous activity since no health or accident insurance is provided for student organization participants by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls or the State of Wisconsin.  Participants acknowledge, understand, and accept the risks that are inherent in participation in student organization activities and assert that participation is voluntary and that participants assume all such risks.

Reducing Risk of Student Organization Activities

All activities, regardless of intention, have some inherent risk.  As a tool to help decrease risk associated with student organization activities, the UW-River Falls Risk Management office has developed the Risk Assessment Matrix.  The matrix should be utilized as a critical part of activity planning to ensure risk in minimized.  Please contact Risk Management with any specific questions or concerns.

Alcohol Policy

The Office of Student Involvement supports and enforces the UW-System policy in regards to alcohol use at student organization events.  Student Involvement requires that any event that will provide alcohol be approved by the Director of Student Involvement.  Please contact the Office of Student Involvement to visit about events serving alcohol at least 30 days prior to the event.  Please review the UW-System and UW-River Falls policies below regarding alcohol and student organizations.

Overview/Background: UWS 18.09

UW-River Falls Administrative Policy: Alcoholic Beverages on Campus

UW-River Falls Administrative Policy: Alcohol and Tobacco Sponsorships

Off-Campus Alcohol Procedures

Student Organizations may plan an event where alcohol is served to individuals of the appropriate age and in accordance with state and federal laws.  While such events pose inherent risks, the Office of Student Involvement understands that events can take place where alumni, parents, and family, etc. can participate and alcohol can be present.

The Office of Student Involvement requires any organization planning to host an event where alcohol is served either by members of the organization or by a third-party vendor (i.e.- banquet hall, UW-River Falls, local restaurant or bar) submit necessary paperwork at least 10 days prior to an event taking place. Once submitted, forms will be reviewed, and either approved or denied by the Office of Student Involvement.  Any event that takes place without an approved application is subject to disciplinary action by the Office of Student Involvement and Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.  Please note that a copy of the vendor's liquor license and proof of insurance, as well as a guest list will be required with all alcohol applications. Links to necessary forms are provided below:

Hosting an Event at an Organization Member's Residence/Facility

Hosting an Event with a Third Party Vendor

Please note any student organization planning an event where alcohol is served off-campus is expected to understand and uphold the off-campus alcohol and drug policies.

 


 

Mascot Policy

Purpose of Mascot

The purpose of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) mascot, Freddy Falcon is to promote UWRF spirit at all times.  The mascot should strive to motivate, inspire, and entertain Falcon fans and students.  Please note that violating the purpose of the mascot or performing in Freddy in any way which may hinder the image of UWRF is prohibited. 

Mascot Rules

The following guidelines will be enforced and must be followed while "mascoting" within Freddy the Falcon:

  • While portraying Freddy, mascots cannot speak.
  • The full Freddy uniform must be in place at all times in public.
  • Performances must be kept appropriate and family-friendly at all times, please note that other people, including children, are looking at you as an extension of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls brand.
  • HAVE FUN!

Mascots other than Freddy the Falcon

Using mascots other than Freddy the Falcon to represent your student organization is strictly prohibited.  This includes using another mascot on printed materials, t-shirts, or student organization gear.  If you have questions regarding the use of the Falcon head or the Freddy the Falcon mascot please contact us in the Office of Student Involvement.

Conduct Policy

In the event that a conduct violation is suspected the Director of Student Involvement will determine if an investigation is warranted.  If the Director feels an investigation is necessary a meeting will be arranged with the student organization named in the complaint.  The purpose of this meeting will be to review the complaint with the student organization representatives in attendance.  The Director of Student Involvement may also arrange meetings with any potential witnesses.  If representatives from the student organization do not respond to the offer of a meeting with the Director of the Office of Student Involvement within a specific time period, a determination will be made concerning any responsibility for violation of policy using the information available to the Director of Student Involvement.

If a determination is made based on available information and discussion with student organization members that misconduct did NOT occur, or that disciplinary sanctions are NOT warranted, the matter will be considered resolved without further action.

If a determination is made based on available information and discussion with student organization members that misconduct DID occur, the Director of Student Involvement will select one or more of the disciplinary sanctions listed below.  The written report from the Director of Student Involvement will be e-mailed to the student organization's President, and Advisor.

Possible Sanctions

The Director of Student Involvement can choose one or more of the following sanctions in response to actions of misconduct by a student organization.

Disciplinary Warning: A written warning outlining why the conduct of the student organization was inappropriate and warning of additional sanctions if the conduct continues.

Disciplinary Probation: The student organization will remain recognized provided it abides by all applicable laws and policies. Probation will allow the use of University of Wisconsin-River Falls facilities and resources available to all student organizations. Probation signifies a warning status that any further violation of policy may result in Disciplinary Suspension or loss of University Recognition. Disciplinary Probation will be given for a specific time period then the student organization will return to good standing once the time period has expired. 

Disciplinary Suspension: Resources available to student organizations and the use of University facilities will be suspended. Student organizations on suspension will not be allowed to meet, conduct organization business and will be held accountable for any continued misconduct of the student organization. Any further violation of policy when suspension has been invoked will result in immediate loss of University Recognition. Disciplinary Suspension will be given for a specific time period after which the student organization must re-apply for University Recognition. The re-application must include a plan for steps the student organization has taken to eliminate the risk of future violation of policy. 

Revocation of University Recognition: The student organization will officially lose recognition by the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. All resources and rights enjoyed by recognized student organizations will be permanently lost. Revocation of University Recognition will occur based upon the type and severity of the misconduct. In addition, University Recognition may be revoked when a student organization on Disciplinary Suspension violates University policy and/or federal, state, or local law. 

Emergency Suspension: Recognized student organizations may be immediately suspended if the Director of Student Involvement has reason to believe the safety of individuals or the community may be in jeopardy. Any Emergency Suspension will be followed by an investigation as outlined in this document. Emergency Suspension should be used in extraordinary circumstances and is not intended to be a long-standing condition for student organizations. 

Loss of University Privileges: Student organizations will be prohibited from using specific resources if found in violation of abuse of such resources. Loss of University Privileges will be sanctioned for a specified time period after which the privileges will be reinstated. 

Restitution: The student organization will be responsible for the cost associated with replacement or maintenance of an item that was damaged due to misconduct.

Community Service: The student organization will be required to organize, fund, and/or participate in an agreed upon service opportunity to give back to the larger community.

Educational Programming: The student organization will be required to attend educational events held on campus to receive information for the betterment of the student organization. Student organizations may also be required to plan or sponsor an educational program for members and/or the larger campus community.

Referral to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Individual student organization members may be referred to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for individual student misconduct concerns under UW System Chapter 17. It is important to note, the policies and processes in this document outline organizational level misconduct. Individual conduct is another matter subject to the policies and processes of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Appeal Process

Student organization leaders may appeal to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs within one week after the written report is received from the Director of Student Involvement.  The Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs shall sustain the decision unless it is found that the evidence does not support the sanction.

Reason to appeal a decision may include:

  • An error in the process occurred
  • Significant new evidence has become known after the sanction decision was made
  • The sanctions given are too severe in the opinion of the student organization leaders

If the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs finds the record supports the grounds for the appeal, he or she may invoke an appropriate remedy to settle the complaint against the student organization.

Settlement

The student organization can agree that the said misconduct did in fact occur at any time during the investigation.  Any such agreement will be made with the Director of Student Involvement and shall be put in writing.  The signed written agreement will bind the student organization to the completion of the mutually agreed upon sanction(s) and will conclude the case.

Involvement Center Resources

The Involvement Center space provides student organizations with the resources to meet up, create new ideas, market organization happenings, and plan for future events and meetings.

  • Use the creation station to make advertisements and recognize members
  • Meet with one of our Involvement Coaches to discuss interests and connect with a student organization
  • Attend a workshop Wednesday session to share ideas and gain new insights 

Most days of the week fun and learning awaits:

  • Mini Muffin Monday:  Kick off your week with FREE mini-muffins in the morning!
  • Topic Tuesday: Certain Tuesdays of the month will feature a variety of topics and discussions, including a "Diversity Dialogues" program.
  • Workshop Wednesday: Hump Day Cafe! FREE bagels and coffee every Wednesday morning!
  • Free Cookie Friday:  Wrap up the week on a positive note  - who doesn't love free cookies!

Additionally the Office of Student Involvement offers a resource library related to leadership, social justice, and many other topics.  All materials in this library can be checked out free of charge.  A full list of programs and events hosted by the department are available at http://www.uwrf.edu/studentinvolvement

Contact Us

Student Involvement
studentinvolvement@uwrf.edu
715-425-4444
M-F, 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
170 University Center

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