Advising at Detroit Mercy
Students can determine who has been assigned as their advisor by reviewing the Student Record in TitanConnect. Students should meet with their advisor at least once per term, prior to registering for classes. It is recommended that students prepare for their advising appointment by reflecting on their academic and career goals. Students should also review their progress towards degree completion by running their Degree Evaluation (in TitanConnect). Students can also review degree requirements in the University catalog. Students should review the Class Schedule to plan a draft schedule for the upcoming semester to go over with their advisor.
Advisors, counselors, faculty and administrative staff may assist students by explaining requirements and procedures in individual instances. However, students are responsible and accountable for knowledge of the requirements, procedures and regulations set forth in the catalog.
Role of the Academic Advisor
The academic advisor plays an important role in guiding and supporting their advisees towards successfully achieving their academic goals. For most programs, students must consult with and obtain the approval of an academic advisor in the development of their schedules for each term and when changing registration (adding or dropping) after the first week of classes. Students can also consult their advisor for clarification of academic policies and procedures and when contemplating changes in their major program or curriculum.
It is important for advisors to keep abreast of changes in University policies and procedures, as well as being familiar with their program curricula, Core Curriculum requirements and other graduation requirements. Advisors should also be familiar with the various support services available on campus and be reasonably available to their advisees in person, via phone or email.
Advisors are typically full-time faculty, though some advising may be done by administrative personnel in the offices of the college or school dean and the professional staff of academic support service programs. First year full-time students are assigned an academic advisor as part of the orientation program. Transfer, adult and part-time advisors have been designated for freshmen, special admission students, undecided students and returning students. These advisors ordinarily work with students for one or two terms. When the student declares and is accepted into a major, a new advisor in that discipline will usually be assigned. A good advising relationship requires that both the student and the advisor be comfortable with each other. Students who are uncomfortable or dissatisfied with their advising relationship may request a change of advisor.
Student Support and Assistance
Students experiencing personal difficulties, whether related to the University or not, are encouraged to make use of the services offered by Personal Counseling, Student Affairs, University Ministry, the Psychology Clinic, Career Education Center , or Student Success Center. Trained staff in these offices may provide direct assistance to the student or referral to more specialized help.
Students of Concern
If there is a concern of imminent harm for the student or others, please contact Public Safety 313-993-1234.
To report an episode or concern, click here or contact the dean of students at 313-993-1028.
FormsThe following forms are provided in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. You will need Acrobat Reader to download the forms and the forms-write plug-in if you wish to type directly into them (see below).
- Advising and Registration Form
- Advising Worksheet Grid
- Application for Graduation Form
- Application for Transfer within the University
For current students who wish to transfer from one college or school within the University to another.
- Application for Readmission
- Application for Admission to Second Degree or Certificate
- Application for Certificate Program Form
- Authorization for Undergraduate Students to take Graduate Courses
- Change or Correction of College/Program/Advisor
- Core Curriculum Selection Form (PDF)
- Course Override Permission (SFASRPO)
- Course Request Form
- Permission to take a Course on Pass/Fail
- Michigan Uniform Undergraduate Guest Application
- MIGS Graduate Student Guest Application
- Dean of Students Office
- Detroit Mercy Student Handbook
- Student Support Services
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Career Education Center (CEC)
- Psychology Clinic
- Writing Center
- Student Health Center
- Titan Athletics
- International Services Office (ISO)
- Information Technology Services (ITS)
- Detroit Mercy Bookstore
- Institute for Leadership and Service
- Personal Counseling
- NACADA - National Academic Advising Association