Advisor/Advisee Expectations

The Pathway advisor will…

  • Create an open, respectful, and inclusive environment for all students.
  • Be available to answer student questions in a timely manner.
  • Support and engage students in the process of attaining their academic and career goals.
  • Understand and effectively communication George Mason University deadlines, polices, and procedures.
  • Refer students to appropriate campus resources and services as needed to facilitate students’ academic and career development.
  • Seek out the assistance of other advisors or supervisors when presented with questions they are unsure about.
  • Maintain confidentiality in accordance to FERPA.
The Pathway advisor will… The Pathway advisor will not…
Discuss the process for applying for financial aid as well as scholarship, grant, and work study opportunities. Discuss detailed individual financial aid eligibility. Please see your financial aid counselor for this information.
Provide suggestions for changing and/or adding majors and/or minors. Sign off on paperwork pertaining to changing and/or adding majors and/or minors. Please see your academic advisor to complete these forms.
Provide general academic advising and semester course planning. Be an expert in all academic programs and cannot promise the accuracy of recommendations. Please confirm all registration plans with your academic advisor.

Students/advisees will…

  • Schedule and attend advising appointments as needed.
  • Arrive for advising appointments on time and prepared with questions.
  • Regularly check and take responsibility for the contents of their Mason email account with the understanding that it is the primary medium of communication at Mason.
  • Read and understand university policies and procedures as outlined in the catalog.
  • Regularly review their academic process utilizing the degree evaluation in PatriotWeb.
  • Explore and become familiar with campus resources, services, and opportunities that will assist in meeting their goals.
  • Take responsibility for decisions and actions that may impact their academic and career goals, with guidance offered by academic advisors to support those decisions and actions.