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Q: Can I get some advice on having a chapter advisor removed? My sorority’s advisor and president have destroyed our sisterhood and have made it no secret that they gossip about all of the girls on the phone late at night. We are hoping that removing the advisor will also improve the situation with the president (or at least provide hope for underclassmen) but don’t know how to go about it. Please help!
A: In any organization, you should follow the chain of command. By respecting the organizational chart, you don’t jump over anyone’s head right away. So you would go to your advisor’s supervisor first. If you don’t get results, then you would move up the ladder to the next level. In a sorority you will probably reach your national HQ pretty quickly. But you should go through the proper channels to get there.
To tackle a issue like this these are some basic steps you can take ~
- First, organize your “case” with facts and examples. You can’t bring a complaint against an advisor based just on gossip. You need to be mature and organized in your presentation.
- If possible, check your Bylaws to see what the official procedure is for handling something like this. Best to follow your organizational guidelines if you can.
- Make sure your emails/phone calls are professional and to the point. Don’t ramble on about every slight. Pick the most serious problems and tackle them directly.
- Try to keep things on a professional level and not overly personal. You will have better results if you emphasis the unprofessional behavior of this advisor, not get into bashing her personality.
Not every advisor is perfect and sometimes action needs to be taken. By telling your organization about the problems which are hurting your sisterhood, you are doing the right thing. Just make sure it’s not seen as a vendetta against this woman. After you have made your report to the leaders in your sorority, let them handle it from there. Hopefully this can be cleared up soon. xoxo ;)