• Registration: Learning about registration access time, checking for restrictions and using SU Online to register
  • Getting into Closed Courses: Where to get help
  • Communicating with Advisees: Sending an initial communication; setting expectations; using profile forms and advising syllabus
  • Advising Notes on SUOnline: How to make entries; guidelines for entering advising comments
  • Policies and Procedures: Knowing your campus resources; making effective referrals

Advisors are expected to

  1. Assist students in discerning their educational goals, including discussion of choice of major and vocation with "early stage" freshman and sophomore students.
  2. Work with students on developing an academic plan (2 year/4 year).
  3. Recommend class choices on a quarterly basis.
  4. Recommend enhancement opportunities to advisees, such as study abroad, research and internships, and refer to appropriate offices.
  5. Monitor student progress and discuss concerns, including intervention during the current quarter.
  6. Make appropriate referrals to services.
  7. Provide accurate information regarding requirements, policies and procedures.

As a result of their advising experience, students are expected to

  1. Discern their educational goals and make an educational plan that includes courses and out-of-class activities.
  2. Fully understand and track progress towards graduation requirements for their degree/program of study. Graduation requirements can change from time to time; it is the student's responsibility to be aware of current requirements and ensure they are met before graduation.
  3. Follow SU academic policies, procedures (such as drop/add), and deadlines. (Note: University responsibility for making information available and advisor responsibility for answering questions accurately.)
  4. Use SU Online and curriculum handbooks effectively as information resources.
  5. Use advising sessions effectively during Advising Week and otherwise as needed by making appointments, arriving on time, bringing needed materials such as a program evaluation copy, asking specific questions, and expecting advisers to work within their defined roles.
  6. Check SU email at least once per week.

Advising Session Expectations

  • All students will meet with their academic advisors at least once per year.
  • Freshmen will meet in-person with their advisor during each quarter during the freshman year.
  • New transfer students will meet with their advisor before registering for their second and third quarters.

Each student will discuss their educational plan with an advisor upon entering the major.