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Faculty and Unclassified Staff Handbook
Chapter 2 -- Academic Affairs


Advising

Admission to Teacher Education

The policies and procedures for teacher education programs from admission to certification are located in the University Catalog. The Teacher Certification Office is prepared to answer all questions relating to this subject and to provide application forms for (1) admission to programs, (2) student teaching, and (3) certification.

Assignment of Advisor and Major for New Undergraduate Students

New undergraduate students who are admitted to the university are assigned an advisor and major based on their academic interest expressed on the student’s application for admission.  Entering students who plan to pursue a degree but are unsure of their academic interest will be assigned to an exploratory advisor and major.

Changing Undergraduate Advisor/Major

Continuing students who desire an advisor or major change should meet with the department chair of the intended major.  The chair will assign the appropriate advisor and/or major for the student.  The student should request that the former advisor transfer their advising record to the new advisor.  Student changing to exploratory will visit with the director or assistant director of the Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center.  Students declaring the Associate of General Studies or Bachelors of General Studies will be assigned by contacting the coordinator of academic advising for the AGS and BGS.

All advisors have access to their assigned advisees through the university portal system.

Faculty Hours

Each faculty member shall post and hold a reasonable number of regularly scheduled office hours. The department chair will approve the faculty member's office hour schedule, with a copy retained in the department office. Faculty members must maintain office availability both physically and electronically, as appropriate. Faculty members who teach in the virtual or electronic learning environments, in addition to regular office hours, will provide students with electronic access to the faculty member in a timely fashion.

Grade Reports

Mid-term grade and final grade reports are available to students on Tiger Tracks. Faculty are responsible for entering mid-term and final grades for classes by the deadlines posted on the on-line Academic Calendar. Final grades for courses less than 16-weeks are due no later than seven days after the class is completed. Mid-term and final grade reports for advisors are available through the university portal system the day after grades are due.

International Students

See the University Catalog for "International Student Services."

Role of Academic Advisors

See the University Catalog for "Academic Advisors" and the Faculty Advising Handbook.

Scholastic Standing

See the University Catalog for "Grades" and "Grade Points."

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