Academic Advising

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 resources and opportunities on campus and encourage participation.

  • 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 Development Office, Campus Ministry, Disability Services).

  • The responsibilities of the students are to:

  • Consult with the advisor, in a timely manner, 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 not possible to keep an appointment.

  • Be prepared for appointments during priority registration and/or registration: have the necessary forms, review the online Schedule of Classes, have ideas of courses and alternates for the next semester.

  • 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.

  • Claim responsibility and accountability for your actions and decisions.

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.