32-00 Advising Policy


32-30 Responsibilities of Advisers and Advisees

Revisions to Policy 32-30 were approved by the Senate on April 29, 2014. Implementation pending ACUE action. To view revisions, see the legislative report.

The policies of section 32-30 delineate the responsibilities of advisers and advisees within each of the various university advising systems.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

Responsibility for providing the student with a primary academic adviser is as follows:

• Degree Students

University Park – The college in which the student is enrolled or the Division of Undergraduate Studies is responsible for providing the student with a primary academic adviser.

Commonwealth Campuses – The campus where the student is enrolled is responsible for providing the student with a primary academic adviser.

Nondegree Conditional Students

University Park – The college where the student is seeking reinstatement and/or re-enrollment is responsible for providing the student with a primary academic adviser.

Commonwealth Campuses – The campus where the student is enrolled is responsible for providing the student with a primary academic adviser.

• Nondegree Conditional Students who have never been enrolled in degree status at Penn State and all Nondegree Regular Students

University Park – The college to which the student seeks admission or the Division of Undergraduate Studies (if the student is undecided or exploring curricular options) is responsible for providing the student with a primary academic adviser.

Commonwealth Campuses – The campus where the student is enrolled is responsible for providing the student with a primary academic adviser.

• Provisional Students

University Park–The Division of Undergraduate Studies is responsible for providing the student with a primary academic adviser.

Commonwealth Campuses–The Division of Undergraduate Studies designee at the campus where the student is enrolled is responsible for providing the student with a primary academic adviser.

The college or department also will monitor the progress of its advisees towards satisfactory completion of all graduation requirements. Advisees in turn will routinely contact their advisers each semester and will assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning, and the successful completion of graduation requirements.

B-3 Responsibilities of Advisers and Advisees

Revised: 9/9/75
Revised: 5/5/81 (as 32-90)
Revised Editorially: 4/10/07

Revised: 12/8/09
Revised: 3/16/10