Academic Advising

Academic advisement is a collaborative process between students and their advisor. They are partners in meeting the essential learning goals that support student success. Academic advisement is a process in which it is the responsibility of the student to take the lead and responsibility for their academic career. Advisors provide the students with the tools, direction and appropriate referrals to assist them in meeting their educational goals.

Student Responsibilities

  • Acquire the information needed to assume responsibility for course scheduling, program planning, and the successful completion of all degree requirements.
  • Use the RBS Undergraduate Program-New Brunswick Website, Schedule of Classes, Degree Navigator and WEBREG to check major/minor requirements and prerequisites for courses.
  • Use the RBS Undergraduate Program-New Brunswick website, academic calendars, and information posted by your academic advisors to be aware of all RBS-NB policies, procedures and deadlines.
  • Check your Scarletmail email account regularly and read all messages from your RBS advisors and official university offices. Follow us on Instagram at @ru_business, Facebook, and Linkedin to get up to the minute information pertaining to the Office of Undergraduate Programs and the Office of Career Management.
  • Meet with your assigned RBS Academic Advisor at least once a year to ensure your timely and satisfactory progress towards completion of all degree requirements.
  • Arrive to appointments on time and prepared.
  • Seek assistance from your assigned RBS Academic Advisor whenever you have questions or concerns.
  • Use campus resources and services to assist you in achieving your academic, personal and career goals.
  • Follow through when referred to other administrative offices and resources.
  • Be professional, courteous, and respectful.

Advisor Responsibilities

  • Develop a thorough knowledge of degree requirements for the business programs and a working knowledge of academic options and resources throughout the University.
  • Provide students with clear and accurate information regarding university policies, procedures, deadlines and services to students.
  • Assist students with making educational plans that are consistent with their goals, abilities, and interests.
  • Clarify General Education or SAS Core and major/minor requirements.
  • Offer recommendations and strategies for academic success.
  • Refer students to the appropriate support services and departments as needed.
  • Be professional, courteous, and respectful.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, commonly referred to as FERPA or the Buckley amendment, is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student’s educational record. FERPA applies to all educational agencies or institutions that receive federal funding for any program administered by the Secretary of Education. FERPA also applies to private entities that contract to perform services for the University that it would otherwise undertake to perform on its own; in such cases, the private entity must observe the same FERPA protections applicable to the University. FERPA grants adult students (18 and older) the following rights:

  • The right to inspect and review their educational records
  • The right to seek the amendment of their educational records
  • The right to consent to the disclosure of their educational records
  • The right to obtain a copy of their school’s Student Records Policy
  • The right to file a complaint with the FERPA Office in Washington, D.C.

FERPA Basics

  • With only a few exceptions, student educational records are considered confidential and may not be released without the written consent of the student.
  • Faculty or staff members have a responsibility to protect educational records in their possession.
  • Faculty or staff members may only access information that is needed for legitimate completion of their responsibilities as a university employee.

Information regarding FERPA and FERPA waivers

Virtual Advising

Advising is currently being offered through email and Virtual Advising Appointments. As the Fall semester approaches please check back here for updates to our advising services.

Advising Appointments will be conducted using WebEx Meetings with your advisor based on your class year. Please refer of the appropriate advisor under Advising Questions to request an appointment.

Advising Questions

Advising Resources