Good afternoon, first-year
advisors and Meiklejohns,
As you know, students begin registering for fall courses next week. If you haven't yet met with your advisees, we encourage you to reach out to them as soon as possible for an advising session. As you discuss courses for next semester, be sure to have your first-years check out the new sophomore seminars; course listings area available in Banner course search by selecting "Sophomore Seminars" from the Curricular Programs menu.
This week, we're featuring another question that sometimes comes up during pre-registration advising.
Q: My advisee indicated that she wants to discuss taking a leave of absence when we meet. How should I advise her in making this decision?
A: Many students leave the university for a semester or even a year for a multitude of reasons. Here are a few things to keep in mind when discussing this option with students:
- Inform your advisees that there are two kinds of leaves: personal and medical. The reasons behind taking a leave greatly impact the procedures. Students considering a personal leave should meet with an academic dean; for medical leaves, contact the Office of Student Life at 3-3145.
- Encourage students to reach out to offices familiar with leave-taking processes to ensure they are making informed decisions. These resources can include the Curricular Resource Center for peer advising, International Student and Scholar Services for those studying on a visa, and the Office of Financial Aid for those receiving aid. More resources for personal leaves can be found here.
- Remind advisees to be aware of deadlines. Students who decide to take personal leave during a current term must request this before the mid-semester deadline. Medical leaves may be granted later than this and should always be referred to Student Life for consideration. Your advisees should also be aware that funding for summer opportunities is unavailable unless they are an active student for a full year. For more information on procedures, click here.
It's possible that some of you may you learn that an advisee has taken a leave without your prior knowledge. This is not unusual and not at all a failing on your part as an advisor; leave-taking can happen very quickly and often under confidential circumstances. In these instances it may be difficult to determine whether it is best to reach out or to give your advisee distance; we are always happy to consult with you in cases like this.
April 13: Don't Fear Sophomore Year: Class Meeting with Dean Mandel, Salomon 101, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
April 16: First-years may begin registering for classes at 8 a.m.
Thank you for all of your work as you meet with your advisees before registration. Don't forget to submit your comments, questions or topics here.
Yolanda Rome and Carol Cohen
Learning never happens in isolation, and the quality of your experience at Brown will depend on your ability to collaborate fully with others: with teachers, with fellow students, with advisors and mentors of all kinds. The Advising Partnership is thus a necessary complement to the Brown curriculum. Be as bold in seeking guidance as you are in pursuing your educational aspirations. Begin developing your network of collaborators early, and work to stay connected with those teachers, advisors, and peers who have meant the most to you. Visit office hours not just to expand your understanding of course material, but to get to know your teachers as people. Reach out to faculty at other events, or over lunch or coffee. Work on research projects or independent studies with professors whose interests match your own. And make use of the many offices and centers that can support you in reaching your academic goals. By taking charge of your education in this way, you will enrich your teachers' and mentors' understanding as much as you will expand your own capacity to learn, not just here at Brown, but in many other environments, and for many years to come.
Available through Psychological Services" on-call system. The on-call counselor provides confidential crisis support and information and is available to accompany a victim to the hospital.
Confidential services include support for a survivor or the friends of a survivor, help filing a complaint (if that is the student"s choice), and educational programs for the student community.
Confidential consultation for faculty, staff, and students provided by the Dean for Issues of Chemical Dependency.