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Policy Title: Academic Advising Responsibilities

Boise State University Policy #4010
Effective Date: July 1, 1987
Revised: July 1, 1993
July 1, 1995
August 25, 2010
April 2012
June 2015

To define the scope of advising, who may serve as an advisor, advisor responsibilities, and student responsibilities.

All University faculty, staff, and students engaged in advising activities.

Responsible Party:
Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, 426-1202

Tenure-Eligible Faculty – A faculty position assigned to an academic department or the university library wherein the incumbent holds academic rank and is eligible for tenure or is tenured.

Teaching Faculty – A faculty position in which the primary responsibility is teaching courses in degree and/or certificate programs for an academic year. Positions include lecturer, clinical faculty, or instructors.


  • I. Policy Statement
    • Academic Advising is the process by which advisors, using their knowledge of the University, individual students and educational and career opportunities in their fields of study, guide advisees through their academic careers. Advising may include:
      • 1. Course and academic planning;
      • 2. Interventions to support students;
      • 3. Major, career, skill exploration;
      • 4. Guidance regarding experiential learning opportunities; and
      • 5. Referral to campus resources.
  • II. Procedure
    • A. Who Serves as an Advisor:
    • Advisors are defined as institutional representatives/officials whose assigned workload includes advising:
      • 1. Tenure-Eligible Faculty and Teaching faculty assignments include responsibility for advising.
      • 2. Non-faculty such as professional and student peers may also serve as advisors.
      • 3. Each college is given the autonomy to establish its own advising model and the appropriate roles to support that model.
    • B. Advisor Responsibilities
      • 1. Be familiar with the tools, strategies, policies and legal issues associated with advising, as outlined in the University Advising Handbook.
      • 2. Provide advisees with information and assistance in course selection, academic program development, and interpretation of academic policies and procedures.
      • 3. Assist advisees in choosing educational and career objectives commensurate with their interests, abilities and values.
      • 4. Assist advisees in exploring the possible short- and long-range consequences of their choices.
      • 5. Maintain accessible advising hours.
      • 6. Maintain Advisee records.
    • C. Advisee Responsibilities
      • 1. Student is actively engaged in developing an academic program, course selection, and applying policies to own personal situation.
      • 2. Student accesses advising regularly.
      • 3. Student is responsible for own academic decision.