Tenure-stream faculty members and full-time lecturers in
undergraduate departments are expected to serve periodically as
pre-major and major advisers, and advisers to graduate students, as
appropriate. New members of the faculty, although ineligible for
pre-major advising during the first year, are expected to become
familiar with the requirements of the curriculum to assume the
duties of advising. The extent and quality of a faculty member's
service as an adviser is part of the evaluation for professional
performance. Each student at Tufts is assigned a pre-major adviser
upon matriculation. A faculty member assigned as a pre-major adviser
is responsible for the academic advising of a student until that
student declares a major or requests a change of adviser. If a
pre-major adviser goes on leave, that faculty member must notify the
student as well as the director of advising in undergraduate
education (in the School of Arts and Sciences) or the associate dean
for undergraduate education (in the School of Engineering), who will
help the student find a new adviser. In the School of Arts and
Sciences, the department or program is responsible for ensuring that
all major advisees in a department or program have faculty advisers.
In the School of Engineering, the associate dean for undergraduate
education assigns advisers with the input of the department chairs.
To fulfill their advising function well, advisers must be familiar
with the requirements and policies governing programs of study.
Faculty should understand the operation of the student information system (SIS). Detailed
information, reflecting changes in requirements and policies each
year, is found in the
Arts, Sciences and Engineering Bulletin,
especially the general information section, and the Adviser's
Handbook, distributed to faculty advisers. Engineering faculty
members can refer to
Frequently Asked Questions for Advisors.
The Office of Academic Advising and Undergraduate Studies for Arts,
Sciences and Engineering sponsors periodic workshops pre-major
advisers are expected to attend. Advisers should be familiar also
with university services and resources such as the Academic Resource
Center, the Office of Financial Aid, the Experimental College, the
Office of Career Services, and Health Services, and should refer
students as appropriate.
In the Office of Academic Advising and Undergraduate Studies there
is an associate dean responsible for each student. Students in the
School of Arts and Sciences are allocated to these deans
alphabetically; all School of Engineering undergraduates fall under
the purview of the associate dean for undergraduate education.
Direct and sustained contact with the deans is crucial in the
schools' attempts to promote the success of every student. The
Division of Undergraduate and Graduate Students also administers
prelaw and premedical advising; advising and support for commuting,
adult, and transfer students; advising for students in the BA/BFA
program and joint programs with the School of the Museum of Fine
Arts at Tufts and the New
England Conservatory of Music; and students in study abroad programs
(both Tufts and non-Tufts programs). In addition, the office assists
students applying for Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Truman, and other
postgraduate fellowships and scholarships. The office also provides
oversight of student academic performance and certification of
degrees. Comprehensive information about all of these offices and
services and the resources available to students can be found
Faculty should refer to the appropriate pages in the
and Engineering Bulletin for more information on academic standing
and satisfactory progress toward the degree. In the School of
Engineering, the associate dean of undergraduate education certifies
all undergraduate degrees.
Advisers to graduate students should maintain close contact with the
Office of the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or to
the associate dean for graduate education of the School of
Engineering on matters pertaining to admission, satisfactory degree
progress, and degree requirement completion.
Students come to Tufts from a variety of backgrounds and may find
they are intimidated by the diversity at Tufts, or find that they
are the victims of stereotyping and discrimination. There are
resources on campus devoted to providing support and community for
members of specific constituencies: the Africana Center; the Asian
American Center; the International Center; the Latino Center; the
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center; and the Women's
Center. In addition, both faculty members and students may consult
If a student's problems seem to stem from personal crisis or
emotional stress, it is very important to inform the Office of the
Dean of Student Affairs. The staff can offer assistance and advice
on a variety of problems, including excessive absences from class,
suspected substance abuse, and inappropriate behavior (such as
threatening or intimidating behavior toward others).
Tufts University also has a counseling center that is available
without charge for short- or long-term treatment. A faculty member
may discuss a student's problems without committing himself or
herself to a particular course of action, and without needing to
divulge the name of the student. In general, the members of the
professional staff in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs and
the counseling center are best equipped to deal with student crises.
Faculty members should not deal with these situations alone. For
more information regarding dealing with students in distress, please
in Distress: A Guide for Faculty, Staff, and TAs."
Faculty members with questions or concerns about a student with a
disability should consult with the
of Student Accessibility Services.