Obtaining an Adviser
When you choose a major department, you will be assigned an official adviser by that department (click for a full list of departmental Directors of Undergraduate Studies). All first-year students and students without a major ("exploratory students") are assigned an adviser through the Center for Academic and Career Success. Your designated adviser is available to assist you throughout the year and especially during registration periods. He or she can provide information about courses each semester and help in constructing a schedule that meets your goals as well as departmental and school requirements. Because you have final responsibility for making informed decisions about your academic life, you should familiarize yourself thoroughly with the University's policies and requirements as soon as possible in your college career.
In addition to your adviser, the Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Programs staff, including the Associate Dean, will be happy to discuss your goals and program with you. We encourage you to use all available academic resources, including advisers, deans, faculty members with whom you become friendly, the CACS, the Counseling Center, and offices in the Division of Student Life, in order to obtain the maximum benefit from your undergraduate years at Catholic University.
Expectations and Responsibilities
Advising is crucial to the academic process. In order for it to succeed, however, both advisers and students must have a clear understanding of what to expect from each other. The following statement of rights and responsibilities has been formulated to reduce misunderstanding and to create an optimal climate for communication.
1. Students can expect advisers to be available at reasonable times throughout the year, and on a more consistent basis during registration.
2. Students can expect advisers to be knowledgeable about: a) the merits or disadvantages of various course selections for preparation in their field, b) academic regulations and administrative procedures, and c) professional and career opportunities in the major field.
3. Students can expect advisers to seek out relevant information when not knowledgeable about a specific topic, or to refer them to the university office that can provide additional resources and assistance-for example, the Academic Dean, Counseling Center, or CACS.
1. Students have a responsibility to know the academic regulations and procedures contained in the Undergraduate Announcements and other university publications and to select courses of studies conforming to those regulations.
2. Students have a responsibility to consult with their advisers before or during registration periods at reasonable times (during office hours or during scheduled appointments) and a responsibility to seek assistance on complex matters at other than very busy times.
3. Students have a responsibility to make preliminary choices of courses prior to consulting with their advisers during registration and, after consultation, a responsibility to complete the required steps in the registration process.
1. Advisers can expect students to be knowledgeable about their own academic progress, particularly about the courses that they have taken and are currently taking.
2. Advisers can expect advisees to see them during scheduled office hours, and to check in advance to determine interview times or appointments for registration purposes.
3. Advisers can expect students to keep appointments, or to notify them of cancellations.
1. Advisers have a responsibility to maintain adequate office hours to handle the number of students they advise, and to be available for individual interviews at mutually convenient times before or during the registration period each semester.
2. Advisers have a responsibility to be knowledgeable about university policies and about rules and regulations governing undergraduate education, to stay abreast of changes in academic regulations, procedures and programs, and to incorporate this information into any interview.
3. Advisers have a responsibility to assist students in learning about educational support services available at the University that will enhance the learning process (study skill labs, tutoring, etc.) and to assist students, as far as possible, in defining professional and career goals.
Updated October 7, 2020