Advisor and Student Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the advisors are to:

  • Provide students accurate information about University policies, programs, curriculum requirements - changes, priority registration
    and registration procedures.
  • Help students select courses each semester which are appropriate and/or required.
  • Introduce students to diverse majors and/or career opportunities.
  • Acquaint students with the various support services: tutoring programs, study groups, academic clubs, etc.
  • Help students develop good study habits.
  • Monitor students academic performance during the academic year and recommend, if necessary, strategies to improve weaknesses and enhance strengths.
  • Make proper referrals when necessary (e.g. deans, department chairs, directors, Health and Wellness Center, Psychological Services, Career Services Center, Campus Ministry, Learning Assistance Center).

The responsibilities of the students are to:

  • Consult with the advisor when necessary, and at a minimum, once a semester.
  • Make appointments for advising sessions during regularly agreed upon office hours.
  • Notify the advisor or someone in the advisor's office if it is impossible to keep appointments.
  • Be prepared for appointments during priority registration and/or registration: have the necessary forms, review the online Schedule of Classes, have some idea of the kind of courses and, if possible, alternates.
  • Clarify some personal values and goals in advance of the session and
    be prepared to discuss them with their advisor.
  • Follow through with appropriate action after an advising session
    (e.g. Dean's Office, Registrar's Office, Career Services Center, etc.)
  • Know important dates for each semester: last day to change, drop,
    or add
    classes; graduation application deadline.

Note: While advisors are available for guidance, students are ultimately responsible for satisfying all degree requirements as spelled out in the online University catalog under which they entered.