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Senate Policy 32-30 specifies Responsibilities of Advisers and Advisees. Academic colleges or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, or the commonwealth campus, will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources. The college or department also will monitor the progress of its advisees towards satisfactory completion of all graduation requirements.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibilities for the advising relationship to succeed.  Advisers are to encourage advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning.  Advisees will routinely contact their advisers each semester and will assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning, and the successful completion of graduation requirements.


  1. Providing all enrolled students with a primary academic adviser (see Senate Policy 32-40 and B-4) is to be accomplished in a systematic way that includes informing both the advisee and adviser of their assignments.  Information and referrals needed to plan the advisee's chosen program of study are to be made easily accessible by the academic unit, including both Web- and print-based publications.
  2.  Monitoring of advisees' progress and informing them of their status are to be accomplished by procedures established by the enrollment college and department.  Starfish and the Degree Audit provide direct access for students and advisers to this information and should be incorporated into the college and department procedures.
  3.  Advisers are to develop their own individual procedures to fulfill their responsibilities in implementing the academic unit's advising program.  The "Advisers Resources" section of the Academic Advising Portal and the University Undergraduate Advising Handbook provide resources to support the adviser.
  4.  Advisees are to consult with their adviser at least once a semester.  They are to develop their own individual procedures to fulfill their responsibilities within the academic unit's advising system.  Starfish includes several applications to support the student in her or his relationship with the adviser as well as in the student's own academic planning and assessment activities.

Senate Policy:  32-30, Responsibilities of Advisers and Advisees

Approved: ACUE (4-2-98) 
Revised: Editorial (9-6-01) 
Revised: Editorial (5-25-10) 
Revised: ACUE (6-3-10)
Revised: Editorial (9-18-17)