VII. Academic Advising

Program Counsellors / Associate Directors

Responsibilities of the Program Counsellor / Associate Director

The responsibilities of the program counsellor / associate director are to:

  • be familiar with the academic requirements of the diploma program and its specializations, including admission requirements, the Schedule of Studies and Continuation of Study requirements, and graduation requirements for the diploma program

  • assist the student to make academic decisions and understand the implications of those decisions

  • assist with course selection and enrollment management issues as related to the diploma program

  • explain transfer procedures and requirements

  • explain appeal procedures

  • assist with graduation checks

  • sign program approval, as appropriate, for Special or Probation students

  • change student status, as appropriate (eg. from Special to Regular)

  • meet with students as requested, or required

  • refer to the faculty advisor, as appropriate

  • uphold the academic policies of the university

  • help interpret the academic policies and procedures to students, staff, and faculty

  • act as a source of referral to other campus services

  • be generally aware of career and graduate study opportunities related to the field of study

  • work closely with the faculty advisor on any changes to the Schedule of Studies

  • consult, as necessary, with other campus services

  • provide relevant information to the faculty advisors, departments, dean, curriculum and program committees (and sub-committees) about student issues with the diploma program

  • participate at liaison events, as requested

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