All fraternities and sororities (and all student organizations) are required to have a faculty or staff advisor and it is strongly encouraged that each chapter have a chapter advisor, typically an alumnus/alumna of the organization. The correlation between successful chapters and strong advisory support is high; the most successful organizations tend to have a group or board of engaged advisors supporting various areas of the organization's operation.
The Office of Student Involvement encourages advisors to take advantage of resources that the fraternity/sorority (inter)national organization can provide and to utilize this office as a resource as well. Several of the resources an advisor needs are provided on this website and the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life is happy to provide assistance in any way possible.
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For parents and family members of fraternity/sorority members, the role of the chapter's advisors should not be confused with the role of the chapter's House Corporation (if the chapter is housed or seeking housing). It is not uncommon for advisors and house corporation officers to be the same person, but oftentimes there is confusion between the two entities. The House Corporation is responsible for coordinating all operations related to the chapter's house (or in the case of unhoused chapters, assisting the members seek out housing options). This typically includes move-in and move-out, fire and safety inspections, hiring and supervision of the house director, cook or other staff, and renovation projects.