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Avoiding Conflict: Academic Advising

Your advisor is your friend! He or she is the person that helps you choose the right courses so that you will graduate in the least amount of time with the courses that you need for your degree. Here is an excerpt from the Undergraduate Catalog that lists both your advisor's responsibilities and your responsibilities to make this relationship positive and productive.

Advisors' Responsibilities

  1. Provides students with accurate information concerning academic policies and procedures.
  2. Assists students in developing a degree plan.
  3. Assists students in selecting and sequencing course work
  4. Keeps an accurate, well-documented file relative to advising activities for each student.
  5. Provide an opportunity for students to discuss education and career goals.
  6. Heighten awareness of campus resources that may be used to help students achieve success in college.
  7. Encourage students to schedule appointments prior to registration and throughout the semester in order to promote thoughtful planning.
  8. Maintain confidentiality in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

Students' Responsibilities

  1. Make and keep appointments.
  2. Complete all required paperwork and adhere to university deadlines.
  3. Keep advisors informed about any circumstances that would influence academic performance.
  4. Thoroughly read the Undergraduate Catalog, Schedule of Classes, and other official documents.
  5. Become familiar with applicable sections of the Undergraduate Catalog.
  6. Take an active role in decision-making concerning academic progress.
  7. Create a class schedule based on the selection of courses decided upon during the advising session.
  8. Keep a record of all contacts with the university.