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Advisor-Advisee Relationship

Advising is a shared responsibility. Your advisor will encourage motivation, persistence, and success in your academic program of study. Your advisor will discuss your immediate and long-term goals and strategies to move you toward these goals. The aim is to prepare you for continued success and growth beyond The Ohio State University. The relationship you build with your advisor can benefit you by strengthening your communication skills, testing your critical thinking abilities, and building your professional network.

Every effort is made to place you with an advisor that can effectively address your advising needs.  If you have concerns regarding your current advisor, contact Dr. Mike Davis, Animal Sciences Coordinating Advisor, whose contact info is listed at right.

You are responsible for gathering information and making decisions regarding your course schedule. Your advisor’s responsibilities are simply to provide advice regarding your academics and answer questions you may have. Your advisor cannot make decisions for you, but she/he will help you navigate your degree program. Your advisor can help you understand your options, know available resources, and provide alternatives when necessary. The advice offered will be done so with your best interests in mind. The most effective relationships grow from continued interaction and honesty.

Your Responsibilities (adapted from Academic Advising at Ohio State)

  • Check your email regularly. The university and its colleges and departments send official notices and information through your OSU e-mail account.
  • Be familiar with university, college, and department policies, regulations, and procedures.
  • See your advisor regularly (once per term). You are responsible for scheduling an appointment. You should plan at least a one-week notice for appointments.
  • Create an advising folder to maintain curriculum sheets, program and course plans, and other relevant documents and bring it to your advising sessions. This can be created in hard copy or using electronic resources that you can access during your advising meetings.
  • Keep informed of general education (pdf) requirements.
  • Know the curriculum requirements of the program you are pursuing.
  • Be familiar with course offering terms and course prerequisites.
  • You are responsible for your course schedule and changes made to your schedule. Your advisor cannot make changes to your schedule. 
    • It is your responsibility to officially drop courses.
    • It is your responsibility to officially add courses.
    • It is your responsibility to know your waitlist standing. You will automatically be added to a class from the waitlist if an opening becomes available and there is no other class conflict in your schedule. The waitlist will not add you to classes after the first Friday of the term.
    • Know your enrollment appointment date. Enrollment dates are available through Buckeye Link, Ohio State's Academic Management Center.
  • Courses may fill quickly. It is your responsibility to add courses to your schedule as soon as your enrollment appointment begins.
  • Complete your Financial Responsibility Statement (pdf) prior to enrolling in courses each term.
  • Log-in to Buckeye Link, and use the Class Schedule option to enroll in courses.
  • Know your course schedule and consequences of schedule changes (fees, financial aid eligibility, projected graduation date, tuition, etc.).
  • You are responsible for understanding your fees (tuition, health insurance, etc.) and resolving any issues.
  • You are expected to read and understand the Code of Student Conduct and the consequences of academic misconduct.
  • You are responsible for the final decisions that are made and for accepting the consequences of these decisions.

Advisor Responsibilities

As a faculty person, your advisor is involved in teaching, research, and service to the university. As an advisor she/he will:

  • Make every effort to respond to your inquiries in a timely fashion.
  • Not judge you.
  • Listen and provide the most appropriate advice for the situation.
  • Provide a referral when she/he is unable to address your inquiries.
  • Assist you in the development of your academic plan.
  • Help you navigate your degree program.
  • Discuss your academic performance.
  • Help you explore your interests and realize your career potential.
  • Discuss your future and the most effective path for success.
Remember, the advice provided is just that – advice. At times, the advice given may be difficult and uncomfortable to hear, but it is your advisor’s responsibility to provide advice that is in your best interest for your success and growth.