Student Success

Ethical Principles for Advising

Seek to enhance the student’s learning whenever possible

This value holds that the advisor is responsible for maximizing a student’s well-being while minimizing harm to him or her, and the advisor’s particular province is the student’s education, or more specifically, learning, then the implication is that the advisor’s ethical duty is to maximize that learning. This includes correctly advising students into courses to allow them to progress towards their goals according to their abilities.

Treat students equitably

An advisor is responsible for providing justice and fairness to their advisee.  Advisors must not play favorites among students, exert more effort on behalf of those whom they like more, or whose values they find compatible with their own. All students are equally entitled to advising serves and quality of service from their assigned advisor.

Enhance a student’s ability to make autonomous decisions

An advisor must treat a student as an independent agent, and help the student to develop a sense of individual autonomy. An advisor should not pressure the student feel that he or she must choose what the advisor wants, but rather what the student wants for themself.

Advocate for the student

The advisor will not only serve as an advocate for the student when readily available to do so, but do their best to help the student when the student needs it. This includes helping the student navigate through many situations that may arise and require the student to work with other university offices.

Tell the truth

The advisor must tell the truth to their students. If a student is to become the primary decision maker, the advisor must not withhold information from the student that may hinder their decision making.  

The advisor must tell the truth to others. In the case that faculty, staff, and administrators require information about a student in order to make decisions about the student, the advisor must be honest in the information they provide.

Respect the confidentiality of communication with the student

Fidelity dictates that advisors have an obligation to keep their commitment to maintain confidentiality of their interactions with students when the student has reason to believe you will do so. If the advisee is told something in confidence, it should be kept that way.

Support the institution’s educational philosophy and policies

An advisor must enforce and comply with the policies that the UMHB has dictated. This includes communication with students when an issue arises regarding the policies and philosophy of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Maintain credibility of the advising program

Advisors must embrace a commitment to the advising program and its integrity. If an advisor exhibits behavior that undercuts the credibility of the advising program, they are running a risk of harming the students’ education, since they may make worse decisions if they do not respect the advice they receive from advisors, or may even cease consulting advisors at all.

Accord colleagues appropriate professional courtesy and respect

Advisors will not only observe good manners, but will not express to students any negative opinions they may harbor about faculty and staff at UMHB.