Advising Responsibilities

Advisors have the responsibility to:

  • be knowledgeable of departmental and university requirements and policies
  • understand the general education requirements as well as requirements for the academic program of the advisor's discipline
  • provide students with needed materials including catalog, forms, etc.
  • advise students in matters relating to changes in current registration and pre-registration for the succeeding semester, including important dates associated with the academic calendar
  • maintain adequate office hours throughout the semester
  • meet with advisees a minimum of once a semester
  • take appropriate steps to initiate contact as needed
  • provide a respectful, supportive atmosphere
  • meet with advisees who have midterm deficiencies, monitor academic progress, and recommend appropriate resources to answer questions or solve problems related to academic, career, and personal matters maintain confidentiality according to established standards
  • keep current records on each advisee, including:
    • a current advising check sheet
    • substitution forms
    • correspondence related to academic status (e.g., ADA information, placement testing, conditional admission, disciplinary actions)
    • correspondence related to financial aid
    • copy of transcript of previous college coursework, if available
  • be familiar with forms associated with academic advising that require the advisor's signature, including:
    • internship request form, teacher education application
    • registration form, if applicable
    • request to Change Academic Program
    • request to Change Academic Advisor
    • request to Change Finals Week Schedule
    • request for Change in Registration (Drop/Add)
    • request for Course Substitution
    • withdraw from Class Students have the responsibility to:
  • be proactive ask questions!
  • meet with academic advisor at least once a semester
  • keep scheduled appointments and follow through on advisor recommendations
  • discuss information which affects academic performance
  • be responsible for planning a course of study and fulfilling all necessary requirements and regulation by accepting ultimate responsibility for decisions
  • be familiar with degree programs and requirements at the university
  • make use of all campus resources
  • be knowledgeable of career options
  • discuss information which affects academic performance

Last Updated: 7/31/12