As a professional advisor, you need to take the advising privileges given to you by administration seriously. The College expects you to follow sound guidelines and does not tolerate misadvising. The following examples illustrate behavior that affect advisees negatively.
Advisees who are in a hurry or those who say they need to be registered “right this second” should not have their blank registration form signed by you. Make it a point to the advisee that an advising discussion needs to take place before you sign off on the form. Welcome and encourage the advisee to do things right (i.e - online registration) when both of you agree on a time to connect.
Advisees expect you to be fully knowledgeable in your program’s curriculum from “A to Z”. Therefore, do not send advisees to the Advising Center to plan out developmental and General Education courses after assisting them with your program specific courses only. Your department chair and the Advising Center staff will be more than happy to answer questions and provide advising training, so seek us out!
Just because you’re an advisor, that does not mean that you should advise all programs on campus. Each program varies with General Education credits, major requirements, and minimum GPA graduation standards. Advisors need to respect and honor the expertise of other department advisors. This will lessen the confusion and frustration an advisee may experience as a result of misadvising. Instead of advising students who are not in your program’s major, act as a referral source and direct the advisee to the appropriate major advisor.