The advisor should:
- Establish and adhere to reasonable weekly office hours, be
available for advising appointments, and expand hours during registration
and add/drop periods.
- Be sensitive to the needs of a diversity of students.
- Understand the mechanics and deadlines of enrolling students,
such as scheduling by telephone, adding and dropping classes,
closed-class options, special enrollment forms, and contacts in the Office of Registration and Records (Registrar).
- Understand how to read a DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) report.
- Understand College grading and Probation/Dismissal policies.
- Be familiar with the variety of College degree and program
offerings, departmental and College requirements as well as General
Education requirements (as explained in the The College at Brockport Undergraduate
- Assist students in exploring course and program offerings and
- Know where to refer students with special needs or interests
(e.g., Office of Academic Advisement, Office of Career Services,
Health and Counseling Center, Office for Students with Disabilities, Financial
Aid Office, International Student Services, International Education Office, Student Learning Center).
- Help students plan a course of study based on aptitudes, life
goals, career interests, academic performance, and the frequency
of course offerings.
- Help students continually reassess their course of study in
light of changing goals and overall academic performance.
- Share information about opportunities in their major and intended
career field (e.g., internships, practicums, volunteer and service-learning
The advisee should:
- Recognize that you are ultimately responsible for knowing and
fulfilling all degree requirements. You are also responsible for
being aware of and meeting academic deadlines and financial obligations.
- Be aware of departmental major, General Education, and College
- Understand how to read and use a DARS report.
- Consult with the advisor at least once each semester.
- Make appointments for advising via phone, e-mail, or office
hour sign-up sheets during mutually agreed upon advising times.
- Keep appointments promptly.
- If unable to make a scheduled appointment, notify the advisor
- Discuss academic and career-related needs and seek additional
help from appropriate sources as suggested by the advisor.
- Be prepared for the advising appointment by bringing appropriate
materials and written questions and by having reviewed the DARS
report, checked catalog requirements, consulted the current semester
course schedule, and prepared a tentative schedule.
- Seek assistance in decision-making rather than expect the advisor
to make decisions.
- Follow through with appropriate action after each advising
session and consult with the advisor if critical decisions cannot