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Academic Advising is a partnership. Below we have outlined expectations for advisors and students:

Academic Advisor Responsibilities - What you can expect of us:

  • Be knowledgeable about and effectively communicate the curriculum, graduation requirements, and University/department policies and procedures.
  • Guide you in defining and developing clear and realistic educational goals, while encouraging you to take responsibility for your education plans, decisions and achievements.
  • Be accessible to answer your questions through in-person, electronic, and phone appointments.
  • Offer a safe environment for you to ask questions and express concerns where your individual values and choices are respected.
  • Evaluate your progress towards degree completion and communicate any concerns.
  • Collaborate with you to create an appropriate response or recovery plan to address obstacles you may encounter as you progress toward degree completion.
  • Provide you with information about and strategies for utilizing the available resources and services on and off campus.

Advisee Responsibilities - What we expect of you:

  • Become knowledgeable about your degree requirements and University/department policies and procedures.
  • Accept responsibility for your decisions, your actions, and/or your inactions that affect your educational progress and goals.
  • Meet regularly with your advisor during your RIT career, especially if issues or challenges arise.
  • Plan ahead and come prepared to office hours and advising meetings with questions or issues for discussion.
  • Define and clarify personal values and goals and provide advisor with accurate information regarding your interests and abilities.
  • Be honest, open, and willing to receive and act upon recommendations from faculty and advisors.
  • Keep a personal record of your progress towards meeting your goals.
  • Be an active learner by participating fully in the advising experience and being proactive rather than reactive to obstacles you may encounter. Explore and utilize campus and community resources.
  • Make a good faith effort to look for answers to your questions prior to asking for assistance
  • Demonstrate academic integrity and ethical behavior at all times