The success of our students is the number one priority in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. Meeting regularly with your advisor will enable you to make good academic choices, identify sources of support, and ultimately, help ensure your success. If you are an undergraduate student who has declared a major in one of our departments, you are assigned a professional advisor, a faculty member, or a peer mentor from your department as your advisor.
GENERAL STUDIES ADVISING
Students with a last name beginning A-M will meet with Lexi Schaar. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (208) 885-7765. She is located in the Administration Building room 115.
Students with a last name beginning N-Z will meet with Kristi Overfelt. She can be reached at email@example.com
or (208) 885-2024. She is located in the Administration Building room 117.
FIRST-YEAR AND TRANSFER JOURNALISM & MASS MEDIA STUDENTS
If you are a first-year student or transfer student majoring in Journalism & Mass Media, you will meet with Lisa Hill, firstname.lastname@example.org
, who can help you select appropriate classes to take and answer any academic questions you might have. You can contact her at (208) 885-7573 and she is located in the Administration Building room 119.
Academic Status - Probation
If a student’s cumulative UI GPA falls below a 2.00, that student is placed on Academic Probation. Probation is a serious matter and a student on probation is required to meet with his advisor before the probation hold is removed from his VandalWeb account. Prior to meeting with his advisor, a student must complete and bring to the meeting an Academic Plan. For College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, the student is also required to participate in the Student Success Program.
Probation students are expected to meet regularly with their probation advisor. Advisors may make referrals to Academic Support and Access, Math Center/Polya, Writing Center, or the Counseling and Testing Office, as examples of support services offered at the University of Idaho.
Please contact Kristi Overfelt, email@example.com or 208-885-2024 for more information regarding Academic Probation.
Academic Status - First Disqualification
If a student fails to obtain a minimum 2.00 GPA for the semester she is on probation, she will then be placed on academic disqualification. The University recommends a student on first academic disqualification to sit out one semester to help her clarify academic and personal goals. After a one-semester leave from school, the student is allowed to return on Academic Probation to the University. However, if you believe your situation is such that you will be able to improve your academic performance without the one-semester leave, you may petition to be reinstated to the college.
You will be required to provide an honest, thoughtful explanation of the reasons for your disqualification and a realistic plan for correcting your status.What are your academic goals? Your personal goals?List honest, specific reasons why you did not do well academically last semester (or when you were last enrolled) especially when you knew you were on academic probation.What are the steps you have taken and will take to ensure this situation will not happen again?What have you learned from this experience?List campus resources that you will use to help reach your target academic goals.Do you work? If so, how many hours do you work per week?Tell us what your plans are if your petition does not pass. What will you do if you are required to sit out next semester?
If you are granted reinstatement, you will be required to meet regularly with your advisor who will be monitoring your academic progress.
Note: The Registrar’s Office will drop students from their next semester’s classes if those students on academic disqualification are not reinstated by the deadline.
Academic Status - Second or Third Disqualification
It is difficult to be reinstated immediately following a second or third academic disqualification. The College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences Petitions Committee generally requires a student on second or third academic disqualification to sit out at least a semester to evaluate his personal, academic, and career goals. The committee is more likely to approve a student’s petition for reinstatement after a student has used the semester leave from the University to take courses at a community college to prove to himself and to the committee that the student is academically, emotionally, and physically prepared to succeed at the university.
Third Academic Disqualification: A student must successfully petition the CLASS Academic Petitions Committee for reinstatement from a third academic disqualification before that student can proceed to the next step in the process, which is to petition the University of Idaho Academic Petitions Committee for reinstatement to the University of Idaho. It will be the University of Idaho Academic Petitions Committee that makes the ultimate decision to reinstate a student on his third academic disqualification. Petitioning the University of Idaho Petitions Committee for reinstatement is a separate petitions process.
To petition for academic reinstatement from a second or third academic disqualification, follow the same process as for a first academic disqualification (see above).
Academic Disqualification petition deadline is JANUARY 5th, 2014 by 5:00PM. ALL completed
paperwork and ALL supporting documents MUST be attached).
Please contact Kate Kopaczewski, firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-885-7981 for more information regarding Academic Disqualification.
Refer to the College Academic Forms page for reinstatement forms.
ACADEMIC PETITIONS and FINANCIAL AID REINSTATEMENT
Students who need help with academic petitions or financial aid suspension will have the help of Kate Pierson, email@example.com
. Her office is located in the Administration Building room 112 and she can be contacted at (208) 885-7981.
Please refer to the College Academic Forms page for petition forms.
SOAR (Student Options Advising Retreat)
SOAR, Student Options Advising Retreat, is a program for first-year students who faced significant academic difficulty during their first semester and need additional support to ensure academic success in the spring.
The SOAR program takes place at the beginning of spring semester. Students who had a difficult first semester are invited to register for the program.
By attending the SOAR program you will be given the tools and resources to help you have a more successful spring semester. SOAR will help you evaluate fall semester and take action to improve your grades and build a strong foundation for the future.