The academic advisor provides guidance to students in planning their course lists and in selecting their elective courses in their areas of interest in accordance with the requirements of the curriculum and the relevant academic processes. During registration for the academic semester, the advisor evaluates the course list prepared by the student, taking into account the student’s performance in the previous semester; he/she approves the course list if it is acceptable, or asks the student to make some changes to ensure that the list is acceptable. During the course add/drop or withdrawal periods, the advisor considers the student’s requests concerning his/her course list, and approves the changes, if appropriate. The registration process cannot be completed without the approval of the academic advisor. It is important for the academic advisor to be accessible during registration and course add/drop periods to prevent any disruption in the process.
The academic advisor keeps the student informed about double major, minor, and exchange programs. It is important that failing students or those on probation be monitored closely, assisted in their course planning with a view to their needs, and directed according to the source of their problems.
The academic advisor evaluates petitions the student has submitted on academic issues and refers them to the department, together with his detailed views about the issue.
For any requests and problems that the student may have concerning non-academic topics, the advisor refers the student to the relevant service units. In cases of serious illness, psychological disturbance, or disability, the advisor also collaborates with relevant units as well as the faculty members in whose classes the student is registered.