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We develop and maintain a strong advising network for our students. It reaches out to support them before their first day of class, orientation advising and it continues as we help them identify, pursue, and achieve their educational goals. In some cases, continues after graduation, as advisors respond to requests for letters of recommendation to help launch budding careers and/or graduate work.
If the heart of the advising program at Humboldt is the relationship between a student and their official advisor, it is our duty as advisors to work diligently on our professional development in order to help students explore, clarify and succeed in achieving their academic goals. We have a network of campus resources that supplement our relationship with our students and the development of our advisors, faculty and staff.
While advising during Covid-19 presents additional challenges, advisors can assure students that HSU cares and wants to see them succeed and move forward with planning their spring semester. Below are some resources to help you navigate these conversations.
Many students are encountering similar things, but they think they are alone in their experience. In addition to regular topics of advising conversations, ask students about their current reality to help to normalize the situation for them:
o How are you holding up? What state/county are you living in? What is daily life like for you? Are you working more/less than usual? Are you able to attend your classes? What is working well for you? Where can you use some support?
o If your advisee is on academic probation, have a strategic conversation about where to devote their energy and how to get connected with tutoring or other resources such as SDRC, CAPS or CARE services.
Help students understand Covid Grade Flexibility and expanded CR/NC options. This can reduce the feelings of stress and ensure them that they have options and agency.
For Students in Crisis there are multiple options available to students facing severe hardship or distress, or who are considering withdrawal.
Withdrawal options for partial-term or full-term withdrawals have expanded. Students can provide a personal statement to support a covid-related withdrawal (there does not need to be third party documentation). This can be for various covid-related factors (not just medical) that are impacting their ability to succeed in classes.
Have them discuss options with their professors about extensions or accommodations. If the issues are more complex, submit a CARE report, or students can submit a CARE Self-Referral to get connected with on and off campus resources.