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Faculty/Staff Advising

Advising and First Year Programs (AFYP) functions as a supplement and a complement to our faculty advisors. We are available at a consistent time and location, so that students know when and where to find an advisor if their own is unavailable. To that end, our goals are:

  • Give general explanations about different majors and curriculums and then direct the student back to their faculty advisor for specific degree requirements.
  • Assist students considering changing majors, career goals or schools. 
  • Answer quick questions about where services are located.
  • Explain the intricacies of UCanWeb and how to register for classes, and how to locate the information available on our SUNY Canton website.
  • Coordinate the First Year Experience course (FYEP 101)
  • Reinforce students’ responsibility for their own SUNY Canton experience.


Canton Advisor’s Resource Packet (PDF) - updated 10/2017


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Chapter 1: Responsibilities of an Academic Advisor

  • The Role of the Faculty Advisor
  • Academic Advising and Retention At  SUNY Canton
  • Ice Breakers
  • FERPA: What is FERPA?
  • Brief Overview of Advising Activites
  • Timetable of Advising Activities
    • Orientation
    • New student advising
    • Curriculum meetings
    • Drop/Add
    • Moving Towards Success for Advisors
    • Engaged/Not Engaged
    • Mid-semester Grades
    • Advising Period & Course Registration
    • Open Houses and Admitted Student Days
    • Graduation Requirements
    • Withdrawing from College

Chapter 2: Student Populations

  • Students in Academic Recovery
  • EOP Students & the Advising Process
  • International student advising
  • Advising fully online students
  • Advisor’s Guidelines for Working with New Students
  • Student Accessibility Services and the Advising Process

Chapter 3: Advising Processes

Chapter 4: Campus Resources

Chapter 5: UCanWeb


Helpful links for course scheduling:

Reference pages:

How-to guidelines for students (with pictures):



Advising & First Year Programs
Miller Campus Center 224
Canton, NY 13617

Mon - Fri. 8:00am - 4:30pm
Fax: 315-386-7980