FAQs

Academic Advising Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who should make an appointment with the College's Student Resource Center (SRC)?
  2. What kind of advising does the SRC offer?
  3. What should I bring to my appointment with the SRC?
  4. Why are your policies more stringent than University policies when it comes to withdrawing, late-adding, etc?
  5. How do I properly submit a petition?
  6. What do I need to do if I’m on probation?
  7. I’m undeclared with an interest in Nursing. Can I talk to someone about my application and the prerequisites?
  8. How do I change my major?
  9. I’m part of the FA09 Mandatory Advising Cohort. What do I need to do?
  10. What are examples of documented serious and compelling reasons when petitioning to withdraw, late add, etc.?

Who should make an appointment with the College's Student Resource Center (SRC)?
If you are interested in majoring in one of the College of Health & Social Sciences majors or are interested in one of the majors, you can make an appointment with the SRC. If you are in a major outside of our college, please go to your respective college advising center or the Undergraduate Advising Center.



What kind of advising does the SRC offer?
The SRC offers advising on GE, major exploration/change, probation, petition consultation, referrals and resources.



What should I bring to my appointment with the SRC?
Please bring your DARS report. If you are on probation, please bring your ASP Petition (signed by your advisor and chair prior to making an appointment with the SRC) and DARS.



Why are your policies more stringent than University policies when it comes to withdrawing, late-adding, etc?
As a college, we reserve the right to institute stricter policies. We look at the larger picture of how withdrawing from a class or late-adding a class will impact both the College and the student in the long term. Because of the withdrawal limit (18 units) and the challenges of graduating in a timely manner, it is important that we carefully scrutinize all petitions before approving or denying.



How do I properly submit a petition?
Please fill out the petition completely with your name, contact number, email, course, schedule number and justification as to why you are petitioning. Before you turn in your petition to our office, you must have the following: approval/denial from the instructor, approval/denial from the chair, and your serious and compelling documentation attached.



What do I need to do if I’m on probation?
Please carefully read the email sent to you by the Registrar’s Office. Before making an appointment with the Student Resource Center, please do the following: meet with your department advisor AND chair and have them sign off on your ASP Petition. Once this is completed, you can make an appointment to meet with an SRC advisor. ***If you are undeclared with an interest in Nursing OR ADM, you are technically “undeclared” and do not have a major advisor or chair. In this case, please go directly to the SRC and make an appointment with one of our advisors.



I’m undeclared with an interest in Nursing. Can I talk to someone about my application and the prerequisites?
Unfortunately, we do not advise on any applications. The best suggestion we can offer is to carefully review the Nursing website. There you can find a FAQ section as well as the Nursing application itself which specifically outlines what you need to do to be a strong candidate. General guidelines: high GPA (3.5 or above in pre-reqs) is most desirable, along with clinical experience and other supplemental criteria (e.g. diversity criteria, speaking a second language).



How do I change my major?
Get a change of major form the Student Resource Center section of our website. Please review this page and follow the directions. There are different rules for students who want to add a second major or have more than 96 units.


I’m part of the FA09 Mandatory Advising Cohort. What do I need to do?
Every semester this cohort has had to meet with an advisor. Recently, some departments did not require direct one-on-one meetings and instead have provided instructions for self-directed advising. Please review the email sent from the Registrar’s Office that you will receive each semester for the latest directions.



What are examples of documented serious and compelling reasons when petitioning to withdraw, late add, etc.?
After the drop deadline (the first two weeks), but prior to the last three weeks of the semester, some serious and compelling reasons are: change of work schedule/conflict with existing class, increase in work hours, physical injury, mental health issue, child care issue, etc. Documentation must be provided to substantiate your claim. During the last three weeks of the semester, the aforementioned reasons will not suffice. The only way to withdraw at this stage is for documented accident or hospitalization. Typically, we ask that you request an incomplete or attempt to finish the class.