Academic advisors, student counselors and student psychologists have a duty of care for students, meaning that they have responsibilities in timely signaling bottlenecks in study progress and student wellbeing and act upon such bottlenecks by giving the proper study guidance.
However, for study guidance to be successful, you have responsibilities as well. Below we describe what is expected from you to adequately guide you in your study program.
- You are responsible for your decisions and your actions (or inactions) that affect your educational and personal progress and goals.
- Ensure you are aware of regulations and guidelines (central as well as program-specific) and act in accordance with them.
- Monitor the academic calendar and be familiar with deadlines regarding course and exam registration and withdrawal, application for graduation, etc. and act in accordance with them.
- Use all available information to shape your study program based on curriculum requirements and your personal interests and ensure a realistic planning.
- Keep a personal record of your progress towards your academic goals.
- Ask questions if anything is unclear or if you have a specific concern. If you don't know whom to ask, your academic advisor is always a good starting point.
- Be aware of the different forms of guidance that are available to you and seek out university resources as needed to help support your educational and personal goals.
- Take initiative in making an appointment with an advisor or tutor when facing personal issues. Discussing your issues early on can prevent them from aggravating and measures can be taken to help you cope with your personal circumstances and to reduce your study delay.
- Timely report your personal circumstances especially when you want to request special facilities (e.g. (financial) support or extension of the Binding Study Recommendation), as this is a requirement for obtaining such facilities.
- State the purpose of your appointment beforehand. If you are given an intake form prior to a meeting, fill it in and return it well in time.
- Prepare your appointments with your advisor or tutor. Think about what you want to accomplish in your advising appointment and make an effort to find relevant information.
- In case you want to discuss a study planning with your study (management) advisor, send it beforehand.
- If your appointment is no longer necessary, cancel it well in time so a fellow student can make use of your timeslot. If you want to reschedule your appointment, propose a new date and time yourself.
- You are expected to be registered with a general practitioner in case you need to be referred.
- Check your TU/e email account regularly, read all university correspondence and respond promptly where required.
- Be familiar with other information channels used by your department and the TU/e (education guide, Canvas etc.) and make regular use of them.
- When emailing someone within TU/e, sign the mail with your first and last name, your student ID and the study program you are enrolled in.
- Ensure that your contact details and those of your contact in case of a calamity in Osiris are up to date.