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Academic Advising

Use the following to determine the most appropriate response to a student in distress.

As yourself: Is the individual a danger to self or others? Does the individual need immediate assistance?

Yes, Imminent Danger

The student’s conduct is clearly and/or imminently reckless, disorderly, dangerous, or threatening including self-harm behavior.

Call 911 or 988 (National Suicide Helpline)

Report the concern to counseling.center@dsu.edu

Not Sure

The student shows signs of distress, but I am unsure how serious it is. My interaction left me feeling uneasy/ concerned for the student.

During Business Hours

Call the Counseling Center to help the student schedule an appointment (605-256-5121) or walk the student to our office in the Learning Engagement Center.

After-hours and Holidays

Call 988 and email counseling.center@dsu.edu


I am not concerned for the student’s immediate safety, but the individual is having significant academic or personal issues and could use support.

During or After Business hours:

Help the student request or self-schedule an appointment online via Trojan Connect or walk the student to our office in the Learning Engagement Center.

Refer students to Campus Resources. (Link the word ‘resources’ to the resources lists lower on that page)


This policy outlines the responsibility of Dakota State University to provide academic advising to its undergraduate students as an integral part of a student’s personalized education and faculty teaching expectations. Academic advising is an ongoing process that not only provides assistance to students in selecting and scheduling courses but also guides them through the processes of the university in preparation for completion of a credential and career/life success.


  1. Formal Advising. Providing sensitive, knowledgeable, and skilled guidance to enhance the relationship between the student and the university and to help the student achieve his/her academic goals.
  2. Informal Advising. Providing sensitive, considerate, and caring guidance to enhance a student's experiences at the university and to help a student achieve his/her academic/personal goals.
  3. Faculty Advisor. A full-time member of academic staff trained to formally assist students with course sequencing, policies, procedures, and overall academic planning for a degree program and assigned to a student following his/her first year.
  4. Faculty Resource Advisor. A faculty member trained to engage and mentor students in monitoring degree progress, internship opportunities, and career/graduate school plans once they have enrolled in a program after new student registration in the first or second year.
  5. Professional Advisor. A trained staff member assigned to assist students within a specific college to access the supports/services (e.g., tutoring, counseling, housing, financial aid, mental health) they need for successful completion of a degree program and personal well-being.


  1. Focus. The university’s advising services shall, but are not limited to, focus on the following areas:
    1. Enhance students’ transition from high school, another college/university, military assignment, or other life experience.
    2. Assist students in the development of meaningful educational plans compatible with their life goals.
    3. Empower students to accept responsibility for their own education.
    4. Monitor student progress toward educational goals.
    5. Provide outreach for students who are at risk of not meeting educational goals.
  2. Assignment of Academic Advisors. The dean of each college shall assign undergraduate students an academic advisor.
  3. Frequency of Academic Advising. Advisors shall meet with students at least once a semester.
  4. Advisor Training/Supports. The university shall provide training and supports for academic advisors.

This policy does not apply to graduate students.



Procedures for academic advising are outlined in the Faculty Handbook.


Academic Support and Advising

Academic Advising


REVISED: 07/12/2006
LAST REVISION: 06/28/2021