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Faculty Advisor Responsibilities
- The faculty advisor should help the student prepare the proposal, particularly where
the major-emphasis is concerned.
- The faculty advisor should make sure that the proposal meets the aspirations of the
- The faculty advisor should make sure that the proposal completely satisfies the requirements
for an academically rigorous B.U.S. degree.
- The student-advisor team should consider the prerequisites for and availability of
- The team should consult actual departmental advisors or professors regarding questionable
courses and obtain written approval of any requirements waived.
- The faculty advisor writes a letter for the student that explicitly states an understanding
of the sponsor's responsibilities and willingness to be a sponsor.
- The letter should also strongly endorse the proposal.
- This letter becomes part of the proposal, so it should be given to the student to
include in that document.
- Once the proposal is complete, the advisor becomes its advocate and is invited to
appear with the student before the University Studies Committee to answer any questions
that might arise.
- If a change in the approved major-emphasis curriculum becomes necessary, then it is
the faculty advisor's responsibility to approve any substitutions.
- The faculty advisor must make sure that the substitution follows the theme and intent
of the original proposal.
- The faculty advisor must make sure that the academic integrity of the program and
the various hour requirements for a B.U.S. degree are maintained.
- The B.U.S. coordinator/advisor must be notified in writing of any adjustments in order
to make final approval and to update the student's file.
- Before the student's final semester at the University, the student-advisor team will
need to design the details of the student's senior thesis or project.
- This should involve at least 3 semester hours of independent study from the faculty
advisor's department that the faculty advisor will supervise and grade.
- The student will need to consult with the faculty advisor from time to time.
- How often is left to their discretion, though we hope it is often enough that both
share control of the degree.