Below is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ's) we receive from students.
How can I schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor in TJ's?
It is very easy to schedule an appointment with any member of the TJ's team. Simply stop by! If an academic advisor is unable to see you at that time, you can stop by during each advisor's walk-in hours. Students wishing to make an appointment may do so by speaking with Gloria Chandler in Advising Central on the 1st floor of Mills. She can also be reached at 407-646-2354.
How can I change my major or minor?
All you need to change your major or minor is your Foxlink account! Click on your A&S student tab, then select "Registration and Course Planning." From there, you will see a link to change your major, minor, and/or faculty advisor. Simply click the appropriate boxes for the changes that you'd like to make and make your changes. Please note that students are permitted to change their major, minor or advisor once using the online system. Additional requests must be made via a paper form available in the Office of Student Records.
Students must declare a major no later than the end of their second year. In some instances, students should declare sooner, especially if they wish to pursue majors with extensive academic requirements and/or specific course sequences.
Students may not make requests to change their major or faculty advisor in Foxlink during the online registration period, as time is needed to process registration requests.
How can I change my faculty advisor?
Students may change their faculty advisor using the same process detailed above.
It is extremely important for students to be assigned to a faculty advisor within the major that they are planning to pursue. Not only are these advisors the most knowledge about the major and it's requirements, they are experts in this field. After all, the best person to give you advice on careers in biochemistry is a biochemist! After a change of advisor form is received, the department chair needs to first approve the match. It is important to speak with your potential advisor before requesting a change to ensure that the individual is accepting new advisees and is the best fit for your particular career goals. Please note that first year students enrolled in RCC 100 courses are not able to change their faculty advisor until their second semester.
How can I print an advising transcript?
Log into your Foxlink account and click "A & S" on the left hand side of the screen. From there, click on the"Advising Transcript" link. Be sure to highlight your entire transcript, then print your selection in landscape format. Be sure to note the date at the top of your advising transcript which reflects the last update that was made. Your transcript provides the name of your faculty advisor, major, minor, final grades and information on courses taken that satisfy general education requirements (GER column).
How should I prepare for an advising session with my advisor?
It is important to prepare in advance for advising sessions with your faculty advisor or a professional advisor here in TJ's. To prepare, you should review academic requirements for graduation found in the Academic Planning portion of the TJ's website. Don't forget to review your advising transcript, major map and the general education curriculum (students in the Rollins Plan should refer to maps specific to their program). Finally, refer to the Student Records Course Schedule to determine what courses you are interested in taking. Don't forget to plan for alternate courses!
How, and when, can I drop/add a course?
Students may add courses to their schedules during the first week of the semester. Courses may be dropped during the first two weeks of classes. The add/drop process must be completed with the faculty advisor's approval. Some courses, including those with pre-requisites and/or that is full, may require the instructor's consent as well.
What is the difference between dropping and withdrawing from a course?
Students may drop a course during the first two weeks of the semester without any penalty. Courses dropped during this time do not appear on a student's academic transcript. Students wishing to drop a course during the first two weeks of the semester may do so with their faculty advisor' signature only. After the second week of class, the instructor's signature is required to drop a course. Verbal notification from the instructor or failure to attend class does not constitute withdrawal. Students who abandon a course without filing the proper withdrawal form automatically receive a failing grade of ‘WF.’
A course dropped after the first two weeks of classes, but before Friday of the tenth week of classes (the "Drop without Penalty" deadline), is recorded on the student's academic transcript as a ‘W.’ Students who withdraw from a course after Friday of the tenth week of classes (the "Drop without Penalty" deadline) receive a grade of ‘WF.’ Please note that 'WF’has the same reprucussions as an 'F' grade.
What is an academic warning?
Academic Warnings provide students with an opportunity to receive feedback from a professor about their academic progress in a given course. These are issued to the student by their faculty member(s) via email prior to the Withdrawal deadline so that the student may consult with their professor and faculty advisor to determine their best course of action. Copies of the warnings are also sent to TJ's advisors so students may receive emails offering additional support services.
What do I do if I find that I am failing in all my classes?
If you are concerned about your academic performance in any course, it is important that you reach out to campus staff for support. Speak with your professor to determine your true academic standing in the course. Be sure to seek help in the Tutoring and Writing Center. Finally, TJ's advisors can also be a great resource to help you to improve your study skills and other skills.
Where can I learn more about Pre-Med or Pre-Law programs?
Students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in the health professions should get connected to our Pre-Health Advising Program early in their academic careers. Our Pre-Law Advising Center is a great resource for those students considering law school or entering the legal profession. Our Career Services office can also provide great resources about these and other career fields and should be investigated on a regular basis.