For the Faculty from the Provost re: Advising

March 13, 2020

Dear Faculty,

Consistent with our plans to teach courses via an online format through April 5th,  faculty should make plans to provide remote/on-line academic advisement for their assigned advisees during this period of time.  Such plans can include communication with students via WebEx (or other videoconferencing tools), Teams, phone, and email.  If you need additional instruction on WebEx or Teams, please connect with our campus helpline.

Your assigned advisees are being informed that you will communicate with them by March 27th with your plans to provide academic advising. As you communicate with students, it is important to reassure them that you will continue to offer them support as they make their academic plans for Summer and Fall 2020. Faculty members should make every effort to retain existing advising appointments or should alert students about scheduling remote/on-line academic advising appointments in the weeks prior to fall registration.

I encourage you to use the platform Navigate to find the list of your assigned advisees and to communicate with them. This link will bring you to the user guide for Navigate:

Deans, Department Chairs, the Department of Academic Advising and the Registrar’s Office are working diligently to develop plans to address potential challenges that may occur during this time of advising and fall registration.  They will be in contact with you with important information, as it becomes available. If you have immediate questions or concerns, please contact your contact your department chair or Helen Marx, Faculty Director of Undergraduate Advising, at

Please stay well and know that, as always, I appreciate all you do for our students.


Robert S. Prezant, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs