Professional Obligations Of
C3 Advising Responsibilities
- Nature of Responsibilities
- After the first year of teaching at Hope College, faculty members
participate in the academic advising of students.
- The instructor of a First-Year Seminar (IDS 100) section serves
as the academic advisor for students enrolled in his or her section,
and continues to advise these students until they select a major,
normally by the end of the sophomore year, and have been assigned
an advisor by the major department. In addition to normal academic
advising about course schedules and academic progress, the freshman
advisors are responsible for helping students make adjustment to
college and discover career directions.
- When a student declares a major, the chairperson assigns an academic
advisor from the departmental faculty. Several faculty members
have special assignments as advisors to students in particular
pre-professional or professional programs.
- The academic advisor in all cases is responsible for helping
advisees plan their course schedules and for counseling them on
their progress in their course work. Advisors are expected to meet
with their advisees periodically (usually after midterm grades
have been reported or just before the end of the semester, at which
session the next term's schedule is worked out). They maintain
a file on each advisee and include in it notes on the conferences
with the advisee.
- Change of Advisor
- A student may request a change of advisor at any time in consultation with the Office of the Registrar. A faculty advisor may also initiate such a change.
- College Resources Available to Assist Students
- If advisees have major academic problems, they may be referred
by the advisor to an academic administrator (Registrar, divisional
dean, or Provost) for special advice. If advisors sense serious
personal problems beyond their counseling competence, they are
urged to acquaint the student with the special services provided
by the College and to advise the student to make use of them. On
occasion, they may even wish to make a direct referral to one of
these services. Subject to principles of confidentiality, reports
from these services are available for examination by the faculty
- These special services are available: The Academic Support Center;
The Counseling Center; The Career Planning and Placement Center;
Campus Ministries; the Office of Multicultural Life; the Office
of Disability Services; the Office of Special Programs, and the
College Health Clinic. A description of the nature and dimension
of these services is provided in the College Catalog.