University Advising

Virtual Advising Toolkit

Online Resources for Advisors

Make sure students can connect with you.

Staff advisors can post your advising availability on CPP Connect.

If you are a staff advisor that does not have access to CPP Connect, or you are a faculty advisor interested in learning about the tool, please email

Departments should post faculty advisors' contact information, advising assignments, and advising hours on their department homepage prior to the next advising period.

Departments are encouraged to post faculty advisors' advising office hours on the Office of Student Success website so that students know how to schedule an appointment. 

To post, please provide the following information for your department to Erin DeRosa at

  • Advisors' names
  • Student advisee assignments (ex: Liberal Studies Majors with last names A-M)
  • Advisors' email address
  • Advisors' advising hours (optional)

Submit student petitions electronically.

Most petitions have been converted to E-Forms and can be completed electronically. 

The following E-Forms can be found on the Registrar's Office website:

  • General Academic Petition (advisor-initiated)
  • Course Substitution (advisor-initiated)
  • FERPA/Confidentiality Release Form
  • Curriculum Year Change Request
  • Leave of Absence Request
  • Withdrawal for Serious and Compelling Reasons
  • Petition to Exceed Unit Cap
  • Petition to Waive Restriction on Course Repeats
  • Schedule Conflict Override 
  • Petition to Delay Graduation

The following E-Forms are found on the Office of Student Success website:

  • Grade Appeal
  • Retroactive Withdrawal Form
  • Request to Delay Graduation

All other petitions have been converted to fillable PDFs and can be found on the Registrar's website.

Advisors can find an overview of each petition's workflow here.

Advisors can learn how to submit multiple petitions without needing to log-in to OnBase each time here.

Learn about virtual advising best practices.

Faculty and staff advisors are invited to attend any of the upcoming webinars and workshops on virtual advising best practices.

A full list of events can be found on the Advising Professional Development page.

These quick tips will help you to prepare to advise in this unique, virtual environment:

  • Be patient - students may have distractions in their homes that make it more challenging to focus
  • Keep it short - short meetings can maximize effectiveness
  • Celebrate - don't forget to encourage students by acknowledging and celebrating their accomplishments