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Faith Giordano

Faith Giordano ยป Syllabus


Faith Giordano

Advising Syllabus


In your courses at Purdue, you will receive a syllabus. A syllabus is a document that outlines the rationale for a course, the material to be covered, a schedule of assignments, and a description of course policies. It is extremely important to keep this document and to refer to it frequently.

An advising syllabus, similarly, will describe the advising philosophy of the advisor, the expectations that the advisor may have of the student (and the student of the advisor), a rough timetable of important dates and deadlines, and a list of the advising office policies.


I believe, in general, that students deserve to be treated as individuals. Therefore, I do my best to tailor my approach to the needs of each student. Some students will only need to meet with me for registration and PIN; others may need to meet twice a month. However, I do have some guiding principles:

1)      The student is the one ultimately responsible for his or her own academic success.

2)      The student is the one ultimately responsible for asking for help if it is needed.

3)      If asked for help, I will do everything in my power to see to it that the student gets the help he or she needs so he or she is able to be academically successful.


A document describing the rights and responsibilities of the student and the advisor can be found here:


In addition, I expect that students will treat all members of the College of Science Advising staff with professionalism and respect.


Important dates for the 2015-2016 academic year, including add and drop deadlines, can be found here:


Students will receive an email from the CS Undergraduate Advising account when scheduling for registration appointments opens for the semester.


Appointments: Appointments should be scheduled for degree mapping, study abroad planning, probation intervention, career/major/minor discussions, and any conversation that will take longer than 10 minutes.

Students must be on time to all scheduled appointments. If a student is ten minutes late or more, the student will be marked as a no-show and the appointment will need to be rescheduled.

During registration, students who accrue two no-shows will be barred from rescheduling until open registration. 

During registration, appointments will be for registration only. All other questions will be handled via email or during walk-ins.

Students who are unable to make their appointment should cancel 24 hours in advance using the Krannert calendar or, if less than 24 hours, with as much notice as possible via email.

Appointments can be scheduled using this link: https://purdue.campus.eab.com/

Walk Ins: Walk ins are held daily during the academic year and are posted on the College of Science website as well as on a sign in the CS Advising Office. Walk ins are to be used for brief questions, signatures on forms, add/drop, or anything else that can be completed in 10 minutes or less. http://www.science.purdue.edu/Current_Students/advising/advisor-walk-in-schedule.html

Registration: Students will receive an email from the CS Undergraduate Advising account when scheduling for registration appointments opens for the semester. Students must schedule a registration appointment to discuss their courses for the next semester, review their degree plan and projected graduation date, and receive their registration PIN. Registration PINs will never be distributed during walk ins or over email (the exception being if a student is studying abroad).

Email: Students are required to check their purdue.edu email daily. Do not forward your Purdue email to any other email account. I will only correspond with official purdue.edu email addresses; this is to protect your FERPA rights, as anyone may impersonate you using a different email address.

Students are expected to write emails with a greeting, a properly formatted message, and a salutation that includes their full legal name. It is a good idea to include your PUID as well. A good guideline for email etiquette can be found here: http://web.wellesley.edu/SocialComputing/Netiquette/netiquetteprofessor.html

Students who email between 8 AM and 4 PM can generally expect a response the same day, though they may receive a response within 48 hours if they email during a very busy time of the semester such as registration. I do not check email between 5 PM and 8 AM, on weekends, or on vacation. I will have an auto-responder set informing students during any extended time away from the office.

Phone: Email is a vastly preferred method of communication because it creates a written record and is more flexible. If it is absolutely necessary to speak over the phone, it is advisable to email and set up a time to talk, as I am not always available to speak over the phone if you call without advance notice.