Advising at UIC: Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Academic Advisor

  • To be knowledgeable about the program(s) for which he/she is advising.
  • To inform you of degree requirements.
  • To communicate and emphasize your responsibility for satisfying degree requirements.
  • To either assist you in career planning or to refer you to campus resources for such assistance.
  • To assist you in your freshman year with developing a well-planned exploratory program to facilitate your choice of major and career.
  • To be familiar with published academic rules and regulations of the University and to maintain an up-to-date academic advising reference file containing current program area, college, and University materials pertinent to advising.
  • To help you plan a suitable schedule of classes, at least one semester in advance.
  • To inform you of the advisor’s and your own responsibilities in the academic advising process.
  • To discuss your academic performance and its implications.
  • To refer you to appropriate sources of information and services.
  • To utilize university resources, including student information systems and the degree audit system, in the course of advising.
  • To determine if other advisors are assisting his/her students, and, if so, to coordinate with them regularly.

Responsibilities of the Student

  • To obtain the requirements for the chosen college and major and to use them to monitor your progress toward fulfilling degree requirements.
  • To be aware that primary responsibility for selecting courses and meeting degree requirements is yours. The advisor can suggest, recommend, and remind you of rules and requirements, but you have primary responsibility for meeting program and degree requirements.
  • To know how to contact your advisors.
  • To inform the advisor of changes in your plans and changes in your life which directly affect academic performance and educational goals (e.g., finances, job, health, academic problems, as well as changes in academic and career goals.
  • To plan a suitable schedule of classes at least one semester in advance with the help of your advisor.
  • To be familiar with the published rules and regulations of the University.
  • To discuss your academic performance and its implications with your advisor.
  • To follow up on referrals made by your advisor.
  • To maintain personal records regarding academic program, progress, performance, and advising.
  • To meet with an advisor at least once a semester.