Academic Services Academic Advising
The Center For Academic Services
Policy and Procedures for Students with Disabilities
The William L. Adams Center for Writing

Academic Advising

TCU provides opportunities for academic advising to help students plan and develop programs suited to their educational and career goals.

Students should meet with an academic advisor at least once each semester to plan future course
work. At these meetings, students and advisors will discuss academic records, which may include grade reports, transcripts, evaluations of work transferred to TCU, and degree plans. Prior to seeing their advisors, students should become familiar with degree and major requirements for programs of interest and courses for which they wish to enroll. Advisors will answer questions and make suggestions, but the student must assume full responsibility for satisfying all program and degree requirements.

Students who have declared majors will be advised in the department of the major or by professional staff in the school or college of that major. Premajors (those who have not formally declared a major) will be advised by faculty advisors and professional staff associated with the Center for Academic Services. This center provides a number of programs designed to help students identify career interests and possible majors. When students declare a major, they are referred to the major department, school, or college for future advising.

Academic Advising Defined

Academic advising is the process by which faculty and staff assist students in the development of academic plans and in the clarification of career and/or advanced study goals.

Academic Advising in Practice

The student-advisor relationship is one of shared expectations and responsibilities. Consequently, actual advising activities will depend on the needs of the student and his or her academic program. Further, the actual activities involved in advising will change as a student progresses through a degree program.

Students new to the university are likely to require assistance in the mechanics of first-time enrollment and in exploring choices related to selection of courses and degree programs. Students with more experience in the university often handle these tasks with little need for assistance but may profit from direction in maximizing academic performance and in the setting of career goals. Finally, students nearing completion of their academic program are likely to need specific help in ensuring that all degree requirements are met and assistance in the transition to a career or advanced study. In short, the specific activities required will depend on the advisor, the student, and the student's progress in his or her academic career.

A quality advising relationship requires a dedicated advisor and a prepared student. The student must initiate advising activities, define the need of the advising activity, and be prepared to take responsibility for his or her academic and career goals, as well as his or her academic performance.

Majors and premajors have the right to expect confidentiality concerning all personal and private matters in accordance with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (The Buckley Amendment).

The Center For Academic Services

The Center for Academic Services offers services and programs to enhance the academic experience of all students at TCU during all stages of their academic careers.

The Center for Academic Services:

- Coordinates academic advising for premajors (those who have not formally declared a major and have achieved fewer than 54 hours);

- Provides academic advising for students during new student orientation;

- Offers study skills evaluation;

- Provides academic resources related to study skills, time management, and related concerns;

- Conducts workshops on study skills, test taking and time management;

- Offers a one-credit hour course (UNPR 10001) focused on self assessment, career exploration, and choosing a major;

- Assists students who want to explore career paths and learn about majors;

- Sponsors a Major/Minor Fair each fall, whereby students can meet with faculty from disciplines across the campus;

- Refers students to appropriate services, departments, community agencies;

- Facilitates disabilities services for students meeting Policy and Procedure requirements. (See "Policy and Procedures for Students with Disabilities.")

Students who are not meeting academic standards or who want to improve academic skills and performance are encouraged to visit the center.

Policy and Procedures for Students with Disabilities

Texas Christian University complies with the Americans With Disabilities Act and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 regarding students with disabilities. No otherwise qualified individual shall be denied access to or participation in the services, programs, and activities of TCU solely on the basis of a disability. The University shall provide reasonable accommodations for each eligible student who (a) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, (b) has a record or history of such an impairment, or (c) is regarded as having such an impairment.

Each eligible student is responsible for presenting relevant, verifiable, professional documentation and/or assessment reports to the Coordinator for Students with Disabilities. Information concerning a student's disability is treated in a confidential manner in accordance with University policies as well as applicable federal and state laws. Documentation presented to the Coordinator shall be reviewed by appropriate University professional(s) to verify the existence of a disability. Further documentation may be required from the student to substantiate the claim of a disability or to assist the University in determining appropriate accommodations. The Coordinator for Students with Disabilities may be contacted in the Center for Academic Services located in Sadler Hall, room 11 or at (817) 257-7486.

Eligible students seeking accommodations should contact the coordinator as soon as possible in the academic term for which they are seeking accommodations. The Coordinator will prepare letters to appropriate faculty members concerning specific, reasonable academic adjustments for the student. The student is responsible for delivering accommodations letters, conferring with faculty members, and returning validation of the receipt of information to the Coordinator. The Coordinator consults with the student and with University faculty and staff to ensure delivery of appropriate support services and serves as liaison between the student and the faculty member as needed.

Students who wish to appeal a decision regarding appropriate accommodations should file a written request for review with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Support.

The William L. Adams Center for Writing

The Center for Writing offers assistance with writing projects and assignments to all TCU students. Staffed by professional writing instructors and peer tutors, the Center for Writing provides students one-on-one tutorials free of charge. Conferences usually focus on a particular project or assignment but may also include general writing instruction.

In addition, the Center's computer lab includes 12 PCs equipped with Office 2000 and access to e-mail and the Internet.

The Center for Writing is located in Suite 244 of the Rickel Academic Wing of the Student Recreation Building. The Center is open 8 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students may make an appointment by calling (817) 257-7221 or can drop by and wait for the next available tutor. Students may also use the Center for Writing's annex at the library on Sunday through Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. or take advantage of the new on-line tutorial service (instructions available on the Center for Writing's website at

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