The university considers academic advising an integral part of the teaching/learning
process. With full support from top university administrators, department chairs
consider good advising in the evaluation of their faculty. Every student at
Old Dominion University is assigned an academic advisor. Entering freshmen
and campus transfer students who are undecided on a major are assigned an advisor
in Center for Major Exploration (CME) (1500 Webb Center). All freshmen and campus transfer students who are
decided on a major are assigned to an academic advisor in their college or
department of interest at the beginning of their initial term of enrollment.
Campus students who become undecided after initial assignment to an academic advisor
should be referred to the Center for Major Exploration for advising and major/career counseling assistance. Distant students should consult with a site director or the distance learning representative.
Acceptance of a student for advising purposes does
not guarantee acceptance into the department as a major. When eligible, students
must officially declare the major and be accepted by the department as a major.
Degree requirements, admissions policies, university support services and other
information of concern to advisors may be found in the Old Dominion Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs and the Academic Advising Resources website.The assistant dean for advising coordinates the campus advising system through the college advising coordinators, associate deans, the chief departmental advisors (CDAs), faculty advisors, the Center for Major Exploration, the Career Management Center, and the director of TELETECHNET advising.
Faculty advisors assist students in planning academic programs by discussing
course requirements and career opportunities and providing referrals to help
students resolve problems beyond the faculty member's area of expertise.
Most departments also have a regularly designated CDA (chief departmental adviser)
who is qualified to assist students in the absence of their regularly assigned
advisor. The assistant/associate dean or college advisor in each college serves
as coordinator of advising and is also prepared to assist students in the absence
of the aforementioned faculty members. Advisors will make every effort to give
effective guidance to students in academic matters and to refer students to
those qualified to help them in other matters, but the final responsibility
for meeting all academic requirements for a selected program rests with the
Degree-seeking graduate students are advised by the graduate program director
in their area or by a graduate faculty member designated by the graduate program
director. Non-degree graduate students should seek advice from the department/school
offering the course, or, if registering for engineering or business courses,
permission of the department/school. Students may register for no more than
12 hours of graduate credit while in a non-degree status.
| ||- Approved by the provost and vice president for academic
July 1, 2003
Revised July 16, 2008