Student Organization and Advisor’s Handbooks

Student Organization Handbook

The Student Involvement and Leadership Center (SILC) is honored to provide KU students the opportunity to build community, gain leadership and interpersonal skills, and contribute to the campus community (and beyond) by registering student organizations.
Student Organizations are an integral part of the university experience. Each year student organizations raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for a variety of causes; compete on a national and international level; provide community service and sponsor programs locally and nationally; and provide a niche for students to grow physically, mentally, socially, spiritually, and academically. Research has found that students who are involved on campus are more academically successful, have higher satisfaction with their college experience, and have higher graduation rates. It is our goal to provide those same experiences for each student here at KU.

This Student Organization Handbook has been developed in order introduce you to the rights and responsibilities of being a student organization at the University Kansas, as well as to guide you through the process of student organization registration. Along the way we hope to answer many of your questions regarding being a registered student organization at KU. While the Student Organization is designed to be a summary of points of interest; it is not a comprehensive listing of all rules, regulations, and information that pertain to student organizations. The rights and responsibilities outlined in this resource are intended to clarify the University's relationship to registered student organizations, and to serve as a guiding document for each student organization to achieve success.

More resources and detailed information are available at the SILC website at: and we encourage you to review that site on a regular basis. Please review all the materials in this manual and pass the information along to the members of your organization. If at any point you have questions, please feel free to contact SILC at 785-864-4861 or stop by our office located on the 4th floor of the Kansas Union.  For a copy of the Student Organization Handbook, you can visit Rock Chalk Central at, click on "Campus Links," or by clicking here.

Officer Training & Transition Handbook

Tired of reinventing the wheel? Often times organizations spend little time in the transition stage and consequently new officers spend too much of their time acclimating to their newly-elected position. A smooth officer transition will not only improve the abilities of newly-elected officers, it will decrease the amount of time each officer spends “learning” his position. Through an effective transition, the incoming officers will be able to learn from the experience of the previous officers and offer continuity and continued growth for the organization.

The transition of leadership for your organization is the single most important event in a viable student organization’s year. It can be smooth or a complete disaster, and may determine the effectiveness of the group for years to come.

For a copy of the Officer Training and Transition Handbook, you can visit Rock Chalk Central at, click on "Campus Links," or by clicking here.

Advisor's Handbook

The Student Involvement & Leadership Center (SILC) registers 600+ student groups annually. SILC provides many services geared towards making the student group experience a successful one; information fairs, officer training day event, office/cubicle space, funding information available on campus, various workshops for officers, handbooks for officers and advisors, listserv and calendar for groups to promote their events, website and email accounts, information on planning/hosting an event, etc. Any questions you have regarding student groups- SILC should have the answer for you!  Now that you are serving as an advisor to a registered group, it may be helpful to know more about the benefits, responsibilities, and liabilities of the position you have accepted, as well as the resources available to you.

Organization guidelines, access to information, and continuity for your group from year to year are essential elements in the success of any group. That's what this manual is designed to help provide you, as well as guidance and direction in developing your role, and assistance in providing support to your organization. In order for a group to register with the University of Kansas it must have an advisor who is a member of the faculty or professional staff of the University, or a member of the University community who is approved by SILC. Community organizations that register with the University of Kansas must secure a faculty or staff member who will act as a liaison between the University and their organization.

Advising is an individual experience - you get back what you put into it! Below are some of the benefits you may receive from being an advisor for a student organization:

  • helping students learn and develop new skills
  • watching a group come together, sharing common interests, working on common goals, understanding differences
  • developing personal relationships with students
  • furthering your personal interests or goals by choosing to work with a group that reflects your interests
  • sharing your knowledge with others

SILC wants to give you as much information as possible on our scheduled programs and events for student organizations. These are great opportunities for students to enhance their leadership skills and promote their organizations.  For a copy of the Advisor's Handbook, you can visit Rock Chalk Central at, click on "Campus Links," or by clicking here.

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