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Academic Policies and Procedures

Student Responsibility

It is the responsibility of each student to be aware of and to meet the catalog requirements for graduation and to adhere to all other deadlines, rules, and regulations published in this catalog, the Student Handbook, and the Linfield College Policy Handbook. Students are generally governed by the catalog in effect when they enroll for the first time at Linfield College. However, continuously enrolled students may meet the graduation requirements of any subsequent catalog published during their enrollment. A particular catalog’s requirements must be adopted in whole; that is, mixing of requirements between catalogs is not permitted unless covered by an explicit policy exemption. A student may not select a catalog published prior to his or her matriculation. While academic advisors or college officials assist students in interpreting policies and requirements and making plans, the final responsibility for meeting requirements and adhering to policies belongs to each student.

Academic Advising

Every Linfield student has a faculty and/or professional academic advisor who serves as a guide and mentor in the student’s educational journey.

Because academic advising is based on a system of shared responsibility, students are expected to prepare for and attend advising meetings with their advisors throughout their studies at Linfield. Students attending the McMinnville and Portland campuses are typically assigned a faculty advisor, with whom they are required to meet and receive clearance to register prior to every registration cycle. Students enrolled in Online and Continuing Education are assigned a professional advisor with whom they should keep in regular contact, but advisor clearance is not required prior to registration. RN to BSN students are assigned a faculty advisor in addition to their professional advisor.

New first-year students on the McMinnville campus are typically assigned both a faculty advisor and a peer advisor. Advisors are selected and trained to assist new students in the transition to college. In addition to meeting with advisees individually, advisors serve as instructors for a one-credit paracurricular course called “First-year Colloquium,” which is typically required of all new first-year students. This course is linked to the advising program and covers important topics related to becoming a successful college student. It also provides an opportunity for the new student and faculty advisor to work together across the semester on the student’s adjustment to Linfield and on planning academic work at Linfield and beyond. After the student’s first semester, faculty advisors work on an individual basis with their advisees generally under the auspices of the department in which the advisee plans to complete a major.

New transfer students on the McMinnville campus are generally assigned a faculty advisor in the discipline that the student plans to pursue. In rare cases, transfer students are assigned a professional advisor. New transfer students are additionally supported in their first semester by taking a one-credit paracurricular course called “Transfer Colloquium,” which is required for all transfer students who transfer to Linfield with fewer than 72 credits. New transfer students on the Portland campus are assigned a faculty advisor. Additional advising support may be provided by Registration and Records. Degree-seeking students in Online and Continuing Education (with the exception of RN to BSN students) are required to take “Online Colloquium” within their first year at Linfield.

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