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Expectations of Students

Advisors expect students to:

  • Contact and ask your advisor when you have questions.
  • Schedule and be on time for appointments, or let your advisor know in as timely a manner as possible if a conflict arises that necessitates being late or rescheduling.
  • Prepare for appointments, research your concerns, and be ready with questions.
  • Check your Illinois email account and carefully read messages from your advisor and other University personnel.
  • Be aware of important academic dates and deadlines.
  • Learn how to run your own DARS audit and do so periodically to make sure it matches your understanding of progress toward fulfilling requirements.
  • Openly discuss your academic progress, your study habits, and any impact your personal life is having in these areas. If you are experiencing any problems, let your advisor know.
  • Set realistic goals. Make and take responsibility for decisions that affect your major and career plans.
  • Own ultimate responsibility for your course selection and academic progress.

Expectations of Advisors

Students expect advisors to:

  • Send important advising information each semester.
  • Keep appointments with you, or let you know in as timely a manner as possible if a conflict arises that necessitates being late or rescheduling.
  • Provide accurate, up-to-date information.
  • Assist you in understanding your degree requirements and other important academic policies and procedures.
  • Refer you to a specific person or unit on campus, have resource material on hand, or suggest other sources of information as needed.
  • Listen without prejudice, offer suggestions and appropriate strategies.
  • Help guide you in your decision making processes, encourage and support, but also confront unrealistic expectations and suggest alternative patterns of progress.
  • Always keep your personal information confidential.