Student Academic Affairs
LS&A Student Academic Affairs serves students,
the College, the University and the larger society by contributing
to the intellectual and personal growth of students in the liberal
arts tradition. Our staff shares with teaching faculty and other
academic departments the task of facilitating the student's academic
path through the College. In achieving its mission, LS&A
Student Academic Affairs:
- Assists students in defining educational goals and
in designing a plan to meet these goals.
- Guides students in assuming responsibility for their
- Teaches students to appreciate the values of a liberal
- Provides accurate and accessible information to assist
students in making informed decisions.
- Articulates the standards of the College and assists
students in meeting these standards.
LS&A students are encouraged to be actively
involved in shaping their own undergraduate experience. To help
them accomplish this, the College provides academic advising
support to students for reaching their academic goals and objectives.
Students are expected to meet with academic advisors to discuss
course selections and the wider issues of educational planning.
The Comprehensive Studies Program, the Honors Program, and the
Residential College Academic Services are responsible for academic
advising and, in the latter two units, for academic actions and
academic auditing for students admitted to their respective programs,
and each of these programs is described separately in Chapter
LS&A Student Academic Affairs provides the
following services: Academic Advising, Academic Standards, Academic
Auditing, Academic Information and Publications, Central Files,
and the Office of the Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs.
Student Academic Affairs is responsible for helping undergraduates
achieve the expectations and rewards of the liberal arts and
science education afforded by the College. A liberal arts and
science education, first and foremost, is a natural forum for
an inquiring mind, and the staff of Student Academic Affairs
serves students and contributes to their intellectual and personal
growth by encouraging informed decision making, self-assessment,
and the assumption of self-responsibility. The Student Academic
Affairs staff also shares with the teaching faculty and academic
departments and programs of the College in the task of facilitating
the student's academic path through LS&A. Student Academic
Affairs is committed to promoting the understanding and accomplishment
of a liberal arts and science education, and will do all it can
to succeed in meeting its service obligation to students.
The Office of the Assistant
Dean for Student Academic Affairs
1228 Angell Hall
Overall administration of LS&A Student Academic
Affairs is the responsibility of the Assistant Dean. Policy and
procedure matters are handled in this office and personal assistance
is provided to students in special circumstances. The Assistant
Dean also oversees the Academic Judiciary for Student
Academic Affairs and is responsible for the administration of
the Code of Academic Conduct. In addition, the Assistant Dean
coordinates the communication and liaison efforts between Student
Academic Affairs and the faculty and academic departments and
programs of the College, as well as between Student Academic
Affairs and non-LS&A units of the University.
The Academic Advising Center
1255 Angell Hall
The Academic Advising Center serves LS&A undergraduates
- Helping them make informed decisions about educational goals
and LS&A curriculum.
- Encouraging them to formulate an academic program appropriate
to their individual interests and abilities.
- Assisting them in evaluating their academic progress and
- Providing them accurate information about LS&A policies
- Furnishing them an opportunity to explore the purposes of
a liberal arts education.
Students first meet their academic advisors during
the orientation period prior to the first term. Student-advisor
contact during orientation occurs over two days and includes
a group meeting and two personal interviews. The group meeting
is given over to a discussion of LS&A and its mission as
a liberal arts college. The student and advisor become acquainted
during the first interview and explore the student's interests
and academic purpose. They then plan the student's first term
elections during the second interview. The staff advisors follow
up these contacts by inviting their orientation students to come
in for an appointment after the fall term has begun. The expectation
is that many students will want to discuss their adjustments
to the academic challenge in the College with their advisors
at this time. A similar outreach occurs during the winter term.
Students generally choose to consult the advisors whom they met
during Orientation but may elect to make an appointment with
any advisor who is available. Students are free to see any advisor
they prefer, but they are encouraged to find one advisor with
whom they can relate well and to see that advisor on a regular
basis. It may be that the advisor is assigned to the residence
hall in which the student lives. The Academic Advising Center
staff maintain regular hours in each of the residence halls.
General advisors keep regular appointment hours in the Academic
Advising Center (1255 Angell Hall).
First- and second-year students most often see
general advisors with questions about course elections, College
requirements, and with the first queries about how to choose
a concentration or degree program.
Students in Bachelor of Arts (AB) or Bachelor of
Science (BS) programs are expected to declare a concentration
by the end of their sophomore year. They then meet with a concentration
advisor and formally declare their concentration. Students must
also have their concentration advisors sign a Concentration
Release Form when they are planning to graduate. Concentration
advisors are, most often, faculty or staff members from LS&A
departments who help students shape and focus their academic
goals. They discuss with students how best to progress in a concentration
program and to utilize the skills acquired in the study of a
particular discipline both in graduate or professional schools
or on the job. Students meet with concentration advisors in their
Students pursuing a Bachelor in General Studies
(BGS) degree may consult with general advisors, but are urged
to make appointments with BGS advisors. The Academic Advising
Center employs BGS advisors who are knowledgeable and experienced
staff members familiar with the College rules, regulations, policies,
and curriculum. BGS students should see a BGS advisor when they
declare their degree program. It is strongly recommended that
BGS students see a BGS advisor in the term in which they submit
graduation materials. Many choose to see their advisors each
term to discuss course elections and program planning.
All students are required to obtain advisor approval
for their original elections and for any changes in elections
during their first term enrolled in LS&A. After the first
term, students are encouraged but not required to obtain approval
of elections if they are enrolling for a program between 8 and
Academic Standards Board
1255 Angell Hall
The LS&A Academic Standards Board is charged
with supporting and interpreting the academic policies established
by the College in the Faculty Code. Students are responsible
for knowing College and departmental requirements described in
The Board reviews and acts on petitions from LS&A
students for exceptions to the College's rules and regulations.
Students may meet with an Academic Standards Board member to
discuss College requirements and to consider a petition for a
waiver or modification of those rules. The written petition should
state the request and present clear supporting evidence for an
exception. Exceptions may be granted if the student presents
evidence of unusual circumstances or has an alternative proposal
to meet a specific requirement that is consistent with the spirit
of the requirement. (Honors students petition the Honors Academic
Board; Residential College students petition the RC Board on
Board members also meet and advise students who
are applying for joint degrees with other schools or colleges,
who are returning after long absences, or are encountering difficulty
in making progress toward degree requirements and graduation.
Board members act as consultants to faculty and staff on matters
of College policy and interpret College rules for parents and
other interested parties outside the College. (Individual student
records are not discussed except when permission has been given
in writing by the student.)
The Board is responsible for any academic discipline
including probation, suspension, and reinstatement. At the end
of each term, the Board reviews records of students who show
evidence of academic difficulty and determines the academic status
of those students based on the policies described in Chapter
IV. Students who have been dismissed because of unsatisfactory
academic performance must meet with a Board member before petitioning
G255 Angell Hall
The Academic Auditors are responsible for preparing
the degree list which is forwarded to the Board of Regents for
approval, and therefore deal primarily with questions and issues
concerning graduation and graduation eligibility. The auditors
check for the completion of all LS&A degree requirements
once graduation materials have been submitted, inform students
of their progress toward graduation, and authorize graduation.
Students who wish (1) to postpone graduation, (2) to ask specific
questions about residence policy issues, and (3) to ask specific
questions about graduation procedures should contact the Academic
Auditors. An information sheet about the Commencement Ceremony
is available outside 1255 Angell Hall. Also, students whose names
were removed from the degree list should see the Academic Auditors.
Students who have met the degree requirements but have not yet
been graduated may obtain a Verification of Graduation letter
from the Academic Auditors in G255 Angell Hall. Such a letter
is usually acceptable as evidence that requirements have been
met and a degree will be awarded.
Office of Academic Information
1228 Angell Hall
POINT-10, (734) 764-6810
The Office of Academic Information and Publications
is a College service distinguished by its focus on LS&A
academic information. To maintain accurate and current information,
the Office of Academic Information and Publications is in regular
contact with the Academic Advising Center, the Academic Standards
Board, the Honors Program, academic departments and programs,
faculty members, and many University offices.
Academic Information and Publications maintains
the Student Academic Affairs website (http://www.lsa.umich.edu/saa/).
Peer Academic Advising Office (PAAO)
G150 Angell Hall
The LS&A Peer Academic Advising Office, staffed
completely by undergraduates, offers a unique, comfortable atmosphere
in which to obtain relevant academic information. Providing peer
counseling, PAAO presents students with an opportunity to share
and receive experiences in an informal fashion. The office maintains
such resources as course evaluations and examinations. It disseminates
information concerning the newest and most innovative classes.
PAAO also stocks graduate catalogs from schools across the country
as well as the latest in post-graduation materials.
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