Advising is a shared responsibility between advisor and student. Therefore, the following is expected from advising sessions:

Advisor Responsibilities

  • Exhibit a caring attitude
  • Serve as a student advocate
  • Be aware of current university resources and provide students with necessary referrals
  • Be available to students through posted virtual office hours, email, and appointment times
  • Provide guidance to students as they set academic, career, and personal goals
  • Be a responsive and active listener
  • Understand graduation requirements, university policies, and procedures
  • Assist students in understanding degree requirements
  • Assist students in selecting courses based on individual interests and abilities
  • Maintain confidentiality of student records
  • Participate in advisor training sessions to keep informed and current

Student Responsibilities

  • Review and understand university policies and procedures, General Education Requirements, graduation requirements
  • Read all SJSU Messages on a regular basis
  • Be aware of academic dates and deadlines
  • Explore resources to assist in making career and academic decisions
  • Schedule and attend advising appointments
  • Arrive on time for appointments
  • Prepare for advising sessions and bring relevant materials to appointment
  • Bring a list of questions to appointments and ask questions if a topic is not understood
  • Communicate openly with advisor by clarifying personal values, abilities, goals, and needs
  • Be familiar with the requirements of selected major(s)/minor(s) and schedule courses in accordance with those requirements
  • Recognize that advising is a shared responsibility; however, students must accept final responsibility for all decisions