Advisor Assignment and Requests to Change

Advisor Assignment

  • Advisor assignments are made by the Dean of Faculty and Dean of Students, in a collaborative process with the advising faculty. The Admissions and Scholarship Committee may make recommendations. The Dean of Faculty notifies the student and the advisor about the assignment.
  • Although, within the limits of time, all faculty are available to advise all students regarding special concerns or when a student desires a particular expertise – students are assigned a primary advisor when they enter a degree program. The advisor oversees the student’s program and offers guidance.
  • Students are not guaranteed to have the same advisor throughout their academic program.

Changing Advisor

  • If students want to change their primary advisor, they should first speak directly with the current advisor. If both parties agree, the student should submit a “Request to Change Advisor” form, including the relevant faculty signatures, to the Dean of Faculty. The Dean of Faculty and the Provost will make a final decision.
  • Desire to change does not guarantee a change will happen.
  • The Dean of Faculty, in consultation with the Provost and Dean of Students, carries the final responsibility for assigning advisees to advisors.

Changing Advisee

  • The faculty member notifies the Dean of the Faculty immediately, outlining why a change is being requested.
  • The Dean of Faculty, in consultation with the Provost, assesses the need for immediate change and re-assign as necessary.
  • The Dean of Faculty, in consultation with the Provost, carries the final responsibility for assigning advisees to advisors.

Please find any necessary forms in Student Forms.