Advising Handbook 2020-2021 
    Apr 15, 2024  
Advising Handbook 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Advisor’s Role

Expectations for the Students and the Advisor


First and Second Year Students are expected to

  • recognize that they are responsible for all decisions that they make at Allegheny, that not all things are possible, and that choices carry with them consequences
  • know graduation requirements as they apply to their particular educational plan
  • meet with their advisor at least twice each semester
  • prepare for their meetings as directed by their advisor
  • recognize that their advisor is an important resource, and carefully consider advice received
  • monitor their progress in individual courses and towards graduation, and seek help from their advisor when they encounter difficulties
  • seek help from the Learning Commons and other student services when it is warranted

Faculty Advisors to first and second year students are expected to

  • encourage students to be responsible for their own education
  • understand Allegheny’s graduation requirements and curricular and co-curricular offerings well enough to be able to assist students with academic planning
  • actively encourage students to meet with them at least twice each semester
  • encourage thoughtful planning, self-assessment, reflection, and connection to the community
  • monitor the academic progress of advisees, maintain student folders with current information, contact students who appear to be in academic trouble, and maintain the confidentiality of information about the advisees
  • alert personnel in the Learning Commons about students who appear to be in academic or personal difficulty
  • know when and how to refer students for assistance with academic or personal issues, and assist students with seeking and learning how to seek help

Academic Standards and Awards Committee


The principal function of this committee is to make certain that students meet the academic requirements established by the faculty.

In advising your first-year students, be advised that all students with a GPA of 1.0 or below at the end of the first semester will be automatically suspended from the College and must successfully appeal in order to return.

If a student earns a GPA below 2.0, he or she will be continued on Academic Probation. In order to avoid being suspended at the end of the next semester, the student must be registered for at least 12 credits, must receive passing grades for ALL courses and must earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or better. If a student fails to do this, or receives an incomplete or a withdrawal in any course, they will be suspended from the college and must successfully appeal in order to return.

The committee meets at the end of each semester to consider the cases of students who decide to appeal academic suspension or dismissal. As part of this process, the academic advisor of a student appealing his/her suspension or dismissal is asked to submit a brief report detailing their experiences with the student. Comments of the advisor are, along with other relevant documents, used by the committee to determine if a suspension or dismissal should be upheld or overturned.

There is a useful “Academic Standing – Flowchart” page maintained by the Registrar that visualizes the various stages of academic standing.