The Importance of Good Advising
Students may create strong bonds with you as teachers and researchers, but only in advising will you be able to form and build relationships that last through a student's full career at West Chester. It has been shown that students' potential for success - doing well in classes, moving through their programs smoothly, graduating on time - is dramatically increased if they can form solid interpersonal relationships with mentors on campus. Thus, advising can make a huge difference, and faculty advisors must consider this important opportunity for positive impact from their first meeting with their advisees. Many faculty advisors report, too, that building close relationships with advisees is what they enjoy most about their faculty responsibilities.
Advising Timeline: What should you do when?
The Faculty/Advisor Timeline provides lets you know what to do when. Your advisees must see you at least once per semester to discuss their progress to graduation, identify potential obstacles, learn about opportunities, and prepare to schedule classes. That meeting should occur at least a week before the student's scheduling date, and advisors should not lift students' advising hold without a meeting.
Your appointments with your advisees provide you with a great opportunity to learn more about them, to help them with their concerns, to guide them in course choices, and to help transition them into and out of the university - among many other things. Make sure you take good notes as well as remove their advising holds so they can schedule classes.
Tips for Advisors provides more information about running good advising meetings.
- Advising Student Athletes provides essential information about NCAA eligibility and other information to help student athletes succeed. Please make sure you meet with your student athlete advisees early in the semester so that they can schedule classes that allow them to attend their practices and games.
- Student Athlete Introduction Form. Your student athletes should self-identify by presenting you with this form when you first meet.
- The Student Athlete Advisory Board provides additional information about student athletes.
Your Legal Responsibilities as an Advisor
Three main responsibilities exist:
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
You may not release any student academic information to anyone outside the university without written permission by the student.
- Mandatory Title IX Reporting
You must report to the Office of Social Equity any incident of sexual misconduct that is told to you by an advisee, and you must provide your advisee's name. Please make sure your advisees are aware that anything of this nature they tell you must be reported. If your advisee does not want his or her information reported under his/her name, s/he can speak to employees with confidential exemption:
- Crisis Response and Resources
You may become aware of troubling persons or situations that cause serious anxiety, stress or fear. You should report such situations immediately to your chair and Public Safety. You will rarely encounter threatening situations at the university, and you are not expected to be experts in responding to such issues, but you do need to report anything of concern.