Advisor Resources

Advisor Newsletter

An Advisor Newsletter will be sent out every month with relevant information and tips for a successful year.  All Registered Student Organization Advisors currently listed in the Wisconsin Involvement Network (WIN) are automatically part of our listserv (with an option to opt out).  If you are interested in being a part of this listserv, please send a email to: 

Previous Newsletters from 2015-2016 year:
October 2015 Newsletter
November 2015 Newsletter
December 2015 Newsletter
February 2016 Newsletter
March 2016 Newsletter
April 2016 Newsletter

Advisor Training Series

The Center for Leadership & Involvement values the contributions Advisors offer to student organizations. In order to serve as a valuable resource to the organization, it may be helpful to receive some training. We offer a training series each year and hope to see you there.

Help and Information

CfLI works hard to be your "one-stop" department to assist you and your student group with getting questions answered, suggestions on advising issues, policy interpretation, and referrals to other resources that can help you and your student group. Please contact our office with questions, comments, concerns and we will do our best to assist you.

What you can expect when you contact CfLI:

  • Polite, respectful and friendly service
  • Prompt follow-up
  • Accurate information or referral: we strive to refer you to the appropriate office first, not simply another office who may then refer you to another office
  • Assistance as it relates to student organization management issues, policy interpretation, guidance and advice, complaint procedures, and general responses to frequently asked questions
  • Working hard to assist you with your organization
  • Basic information about student programs housed in our office and how to get in touch with their staff

Registering a Student Organization

Registration is the first process a student organization must complete each year to be recognized by the university. A Registered Student Organization is a campus-based group that has registered with the Center for Leadership & Involvement (CfLI) in order to be eligible for certain privileges and access to university facilities. RSOs enjoy benefits as well as have responsibilities. In addition, it should be noted that only currently enrolled students may register as a student organization.  Registration is facilitated through the Wisconsin Involvement Network, or WIN (  The organization will not only complete the application through WIN, but they will also be granted an organization WIN page once they become officially registered.

Resource Access Request for Off-Campus Advisors

If you advise a Student Organization but are not UW Faculty or Staff, this option is for you. Through the "Resource Access Request Form for Off-Campus Advisors," you can request 

  • guest user access to WIN
  • an ID card for building access (please note that Off-Campus Advisors cannot get an access card for the Student Activity Center)
  • a volunteer letter affirming your role as an official advisor (which provides you coverage by the State's liability protection program so long as you perform your duties within the scope of the description you provide.) 
Please follow this link if you are interested in these services. If you have any questions, contact the Center for Leadership & Involvement at or 608-263-0365.

Discipline and Accountability

As a Registered Student Organization (RSO) the organization, through its primary contact, has agreed to the Student Organization Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct and complaint procedures were most recently modified by the Committee on Student Organizations and approved by the Chancellor in 2015.

The Committee on Student Organizations is an ASM Shared Governance Committee whose members represent the student body, ASM, Chancellor's Office, Dean of Student's Office, Faculty, and the Center for Leadership & Involvement.

The committee is made up primarily of students. All student representatives are appointed by the ASM Shared Governance Committee and the Center for Leadership & Involvement. Any interested students should contact either the ASM Shared Governance Committee or CfLI for the application.

Departmental Sponsorship

Registered Student Organizations can received departmental sponsorship for events and programs that they host. The University department and the organization should ensure that the nature and extent of the sponsorship is clearly understood by both parties. The department should be aware of the minimum expectations when sponsoring a student organization. Please visit the Departmental Sponsorship section, or download the PDF document below.

Department Sponsorship
(PDF download)