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(6)    Instructional Policies, Responsibilities, and Guidelines

(6A)   STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

(6B)    FACULTY INSTRUCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

(6C)    EVALUATION OF STUDENTS (GRADES)

(6D)    ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY

(6E)    ADVISING

(6F)    STUDENT RECORDS

(6G)    EXCEPTIONS TO ACADEMIC POLICIES

(6H)    STUDENT EVALUATION OF COURSES AND FACULTY

(6I)     NONSEXIST LANGUAGE, EFFECTIVE WRITING, AND ORAL COMMUNICATION

(6J)     GUIDELINES FOR COMMON CURRICULUM COURSES

(6K)   THE ACADEMIC HONOR CODE


(6E)    ADVISING

For a summary of recent changes to this chapter, see Chapter 9A: Summary of Recent Revisions to this Handbook.

Contents of this page: 

  1. Introduction

  2. Change of Advisor

I.    INTRODUCTION

Student advising is an important aspect of the overall educational program at Trinity University. Faculty members are expected to know Common Curriculum requirements and departmental major and minor requirements so that they may effectively inform students of these requirements. Faculty members should keep informed as to the progress of their advisees during the course of a term by scheduling a conference with their advisees periodically. Advisors will be supplied with grade reports on all of their advisees. A statement of the role and responsibility of advisor and advisees is included in the Advising Handbook.


II.    CHANGE OF ADVISOR

There are three officially approved reasons to effect a change of advisor:

A.    A Student is Ready to Apply for a Major

The student must be at least a sophomore. He or she must file an Application for Major form available in the Registrar’s Office.

B.    A Student’s Advisor Goes on Leave or Leaves the University

In this case, the departmental Chair in consultation with the Associate Vice President for Faculty & Student Affairs: Student Academic Issues (AVPAA:SAI) determines who in the department should take that person’s place.

C.    A Student Wishes to Change Advisor

In this case, the student should go to the office of the AVPAA:SAI to discuss the reason for the change. If the change is reasonable, the AVPAA:SAI will call the faculty member the student is requesting as new advisor, and also that faculty members departmental Chair. If all concur that the change is acceptable, the change will be initiated. In no cases should a faculty advisor, at a student’s request, or at another faculty member’s request, divest him/herself of an advisee and send the advising folder to another faculty member. The change can be effected only by the AVPAA:SAI.

In all cases, a change in advisors for a student without a major must be approved by the AVPAA:SAI. A faculty advisor, at a student’s or another faculty member’s request, should not send the advising folder to another faculty member without notice from the AVPAA:SAI.


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