Faculty & Staff Resources

Advisors will assist students in decision-making by

    • providing timely and accurate information,
    • making appropriate referrals to campus resources, and
    • encouraging students to use available technology.

Advisor Responsibilities

  • Being knowledgeable about university and departmental requirements, policies, and procedures
  • Maintaining adequate office hours throughout the semester
  • Providing a respectful, supportive atmosphere
  • Keeping accurate records
  • Ensuring that students are provided access to services on a fair and equitable basis
  • Avoiding any personal conflict of interest as well as the appearance of a conflict
  • Refusing to participate in any form of sexual harassment
  • Discouraging students from circumventing institutional policies or regulations, and when confronted with situations in which students have violated policies, addressing the issues and referring students to the appropriated agency
  • Recognizing the limitations of their positions and being familiar with university resources in order to make appropriate referrals
  • Maintaining confidentiality according to established standards

The following are suggestions from the American College Testing office for faculty advisors

  • Care about students as people by showing empathy, understanding and respect.
  • Establish a warm, genuine, and open relationship.
  • Evidence interest, helpful intent, and involvement.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Establish rapport by remembering personal information about students.
  • Be available; keep office hours and appointments.
  • Provide accurate information.
  • When in doubt, refer to catalog.
  • Know how and when to make referrals, and don’t attempt to handle situations for which you are not qualified.
  • Have students contact referral sources in your presence.
  • Keep in frequent contact with students; take the initiative; don’t always wait for students to come to you.
  • Don’t make decisions for students; help them make their own decision.
  • Focus on students’ strengths and potentials rather than limitations.
  • Seek out students in informal settings.
  • Monitor students’ progress toward educational goals.
  • Be realistic with students.
  • Follow up on commitments made to students.
  • Encourage students to talk by asking open-ended questions.
  • Don’t betray confidential information.
  • Be yourself and allow students to be themselves.

Academic Status

Admission Criteria

Appeals and Grievance

Check-Point Courses

Professional Improvement Plan Process--replaces Concern Form process as of 11.22.13 

(discussed in 2999 courses)

Commendation Form

Send an e-mail to schudson@valdosta.edu

asking for the commendation form.

Transfer Student Information

Transient Permission Form

Withdrawal Policy

Sample Schedules: 

Teacher Preparation Majors 

Bachelor of Arts Psychology Majors

Bachelor of Science Psychology Majors


GACE Registration

Legislative Requirements


 Dewar College of Education Student Advising Council 

Transfer Articulation

Freshman Orientation PowerPoint

Transfer Orientation PowerPoint

Orientation Evaluation