The University, being committed to the reinforcement of students’ academic stream, offers them services for academic advising, by helping them overcome obstacles to their academic goals.
Students benefit from academic advising from their first year of study in the University up until graduation. It is an interactive relation between students and their advisors, through which they are introduced to the regulations and policies of the educational process. They also learn how they can fully benefit from the services and potentials offered by the University to achieve their goals.
Students and advisors are responsible for making this interactive relationship successful.
- Contact the academic advisor before the beginning of the semester to inquire about suitable meeting times and scheduling an appointment.
- Familiarize themselves with the academic regulations (Add/ Drop – exams…), the academic calendar, the academic program and the courses offered in that course before meeting with the advisor.
- Prepare for the meeting by writing down a list of questions and inquiries.
- Consult the advisor before any change they wish to make to their study schedule during any semester.
- Regularly inform the advisor of their academic stream, problems and obstacles they face during any semester.
- Inform the advisors of any problems they face in their personal lives (health, financial, personal…) that may prevent them from continuing their studies.
- Abide to the appointments enlisted in the academic calendar (registration, add/ drop…).
- Respect the academic advisor’s time and personal boundaries by respecting appointments, and restricting communication to the specified hours
Academic Advisors’ Responsibilities
- Be acquainted with the University’s academic programs and study system, in addition the relevant policies and procedures (Registration, Add/ Drop, Changing Programs, Study Postponement, Appeals…).
- Introducing the academic regulations and program requirements to students and explaining them.
- Advising students and guiding them through different registration processes (Registration in courses, Add/ Drop…).
- Advising students on how to benefit from electronic systems adopted by the University (moodle, UMS).
- Tracking students’ academic performance and guiding them to overcome academic problems they encounter.
- Helping students understand the standards of academic integrity.
- Schedule weekly hours to meet students and communicate with them.
- Preserving students’ confidentiality and privacy.
- Be flexible in dealing with students of different social and cultural backgrounds.