All students are assigned an advisor with whom they must consult in planning their academic programs, registering for classes, and making other decisions regarding their academic progression. Although students are expected to consult advisors on a regular basis, students bear final responsibility for the decisions they make.
Advisors are assigned to students according to the following guidelines:
- University College faculty members serve as advisors for undeclared students who enter as first-time freshmen.
- Department chairs assign an advisor to each student admitted to a major. Students may request an advisor or change an assigned advisor by contacting the appropriate department chair.
- Academic Counselors in the College or School Academic Advising Offices serve as the initial point of contact for new transfer students, readmitted students, and those students who are experiencing academic difficulty.
- Undecided students who are juniors or seniors should see the College or School Academic Advising Office that has the major that they might be interested in pursuing.
To facilitate effective advisement and degree completion, students are required to take the following steps:
- Students are required to check their FSU email on a regular basis to receive notifications about upcoming events and deadlines and information from academic advisors.
- Students must communicate with the officially assigned advisor at least two times each semester to review the student's progress toward degree completion. Students are responsible for initiating this communication in person, by phone, or through FSU email.
- Students whose GPA falls below 2.0 are required to meet with their advisor to complete an Academic Success Plan and take all actions agreed upon with advisors.
- Through Self-Service Banner, students must run their online degree evaluation to develop a plan for degree completion.
- Students are eligible to apply for graduation once they have earned 90 credit hours. Students should run their online degree evaluation and confer with their advisor to determine graduation eligibility. Students must apply for graduation using their online Banner account.
- Students must remain aware of and make decisions consistent with university policies, deadlines, and degree requirements as stated in the catalog, the FSU website, and other official documents.
- Students must recognize that failure to follow the steps outlined above will delay their graduation
To facilitate their advisees' degree completion, Academic Advisors must take the following steps:
- Advisors will be available during published office hours and at other times by appointment to assist advisees in completing the student responsibilities outlined above.
- Advisors will provide accurate information in a timely manner. Advisors will usually respond to student inquiries within two business days. When advisors are not available (i.e., summer or other extended leave), they will arrange for back-up.
- Advisors will help students understand their responsibilities, as outlined above, in the advisement process.
- Advisors will direct students to appropriate university resources for assistance as needed. For students whose GPA falls below 2.0, advisors will work with the student to develop an Academic Success Plan and monitor student's implementation of the plan.
- Advisors will review online degree evaluations with students and advise them accordingly based on degree requirements and university policies.
- Advisors will respect advisees as individuals with different backgrounds and educational/life goals.
- Advisors will respect the confidentiality of information shared by advisees and protect the privacy of students as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- Advisors are responsible for maintaining accurate records of meetings with advisees.
- Advisors must recognize that failure to complete the responsibilities outlined here will likely delay a student's graduation.