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Undergraduate Academic Resources

While you’re at Saint Louis University, we want you to reach your full potential. The Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business has guidelines, policies and programs to help you reach your academic goals.

What is Academic Advising?

The academic advising process is considered an essential aspect of a student’s educational experience at Saint Louis University. The goals of the advising process are to:

  • Assist students in their understanding of academic requirements
  • Nurture intellectual maturation and self-confidence
  • Encourage students to take an active role in the advisement process
  • Foster a positive working relationship between advisors and students

In addition to advising services, SLU’s academic advisors provide the following assistance to undergraduates:

  • Course registration
  • Adding/dropping classes
  • Approval of summer coursework away from SLU
  • Study abroad planning
  • Academic program changes
  • Exploring non-business school certificates, minors and majors
  • Referral as needed to appropriate support offices

Important information will be communicated through your SLU email account. It is your responsibility to check this on a regular basis.

Advising Expectations: Academic Adviser

An academic adviser will:

  • Protect and secure the integrity of the SLU degree by enforcing University and departmental policies and requirements.
  • Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum; graduation requirements; and University and college policies and procedures to  provide helpful and appropriate advisement and mentoring.
  • Be available, approachable, personable, and demonstrate concern for and interest in an advisee.
  • Assist students in working closely with their faculty mentors and their professors.
  • Make appropriate referrals within the University; encourage advisees to develop skills that will lead to self-responsibility.
  • Have profound respect for each advisee and serve as a model of the educated person.
  • Maintain confidentiality (will not discuss issues with parents and non-University persons without the student’s written permission).
Advising Expectations: Advisee

An advisee will:

Display respect for the advisor and has a positive attitude toward the advising process.
Meet the advisor at appropriate times and come to advising appointments prepared to assume responsibility for degree planning.
Clarify personal values and goals and provide the advisor with accurate information regarding academic interests and abilities.
Seek to become acquainted with the academic structure of the University/school/college program.
Become knowledgeable about academic programs, policies, and procedures and utilize available University resources and services.
Ask questions if he or she does not understand an issue or has a specific concern.

Expected Student Learning Outcomes

Through the advising experience at Saint Louis University, academic advisees will acquire the ability to:

Year One
  • Access information about campus resources
  • Identify the academic advisor and faculty mentor
  • Understand prerequisites and course sequences
  • Know how to access information about academic success
  • Understand registration policies and procedures
  • Register using Banner Self-Service
  • Calculate a SLU semester and cumulative GPA
  • Locate and use the University academic calendar and the undergraduate catalog
  • Identify information about the Jesuit model of education and the five dimensions
Year Two
  • Understand the degree requirements
  • Work effectively with a faculty mentor to review the academic progress in an intended or declared academic program
  • Develop attainable academic goals
  • Understand appropriate formal academics processes
  • Identify internship opportunities
Year Three and Four
  • Integrate elements of the Jesuit model of education and the five dimensions of the SLU experience into curriculum
  • Understand the application for the degree conferral process
  • Access information about the post-graduation employment opportunities
  • Access information about professional school and graduate school opportunities
  • Understand commencement and the degree conferral process

Academic Misconduct Policy

Academic Integrity

The University is a community of learning, whose effectiveness requires an environment of mutual trust and integrity, such as would be expected at a Jesuit, Catholic institution. As members of this community, students, faculty and staff members share the responsibility to maintain this environment. Academic dishonesty violates it. Although not all forms of academic dishonesty can be listed here, it can be said in general that soliciting, receiving or providing any unauthorized assistance in the completion of any work submitted toward academic credit is dishonest. It not only violates the mutual trust necessary between faculty and students but also undermines the validity of the University’s evaluation of students and takes unfair advantage of fellow students. Further, it is the responsibility of any student who observes such dishonest conduct to call it to the attention of a faculty member or administrator.

Examples of academic dishonesty would be copying from another student, copying from a book or class notes during a closed-book exam, submitting materials authored by or editorially revised by another person but presented as the student’s own work, copying a passage or text directly from a published source without appropriately citing or recognizing that source, taking a test or doing an assignment or other academic work for another student, tampering with another student’s work, securing or supplying in advance a copy of an examination without the knowledge or consent of the instructor, and colluding with another student or students to engage in an act of academic dishonesty.

Where there is clear indication of such dishonesty, a faculty member has an obligation to uphold the school’s standards of academic integrity and to apply the school’s academic misconduct policy. The faculty member bears primary responsibility for determining how acts of academic dishonesty will affect the student’s academic performance in the faculty member’s course. This is consistent with the responsibility of the faculty to determine when course requirements have been met and what grades will be assigned to individual students. While faculty members must not make prejudiced or capricious academic evaluations of students, they may apply academic penalties, including course failure, as appropriate sanctions for incidents of academic dishonesty.

Faculty members also are responsible for informing the associate dean of incidents which they believe constitute likely violations of the school’s standards of academic integrity. The responsible faculty member will determine, after consultation with the associate dean, whether the incident necessitates the filing of a formal complaint of academic misconduct. Such a complaint may then provide the basis for a disciplinary hearing. If the hearing then determines that a student has violated the school’s academic integrity standards, this finding may then provide the basis for further sanctions, which may include, but are not limited to, disciplinary probation, suspension and dismissal from the University. The dean of the school holds final authority regarding such further sanctions when the student or students affected are enrolled within the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business. In cases in which the student or students are members of another academic unit of the University (e.g., College of Arts and Sciences), the dean of the business school will recommend sanctions to the appropriate University officials.

Academic Probation and Dismissal

The Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business holds our students to a high academic standard. Our policies are meant to help produce students who are rooted in honest and original academic work that exhibits their true potential and creativity.

Probationary Status

Students whose cumulative SLU grade point average falls below 2.0 are required to apply for probationary status, which allows for no more than two consecutive semesters to improve scholastically and to demonstrate evidence of the capacity to proceed toward a degree. A student on academic probation may not register for more than 12 to 15 semester hours, depending on the probation term, and may not make application for a degree.


A student may be suspended from a course, a school or college, or from the University for academic or disciplinary misconduct. At the time suspension is imposed, the conditions for reinstatement are explained. While under suspension, a student is barred from further registration. Reinstatement after academic suspension requires the approval of the student’s academic dean.


The dean of each degree-granting unit of the University has the authority and responsibility to dismiss a student from the school or college and the University for academic reasons.

The conditions under which a student is dismissed are:

  • Inability to eliminate probationary status within the two semesters subsequent to the assignment of probation; or
  • A total grade point deficit of more than 15 points.

A student notified of dismissal for these reasons may apply for transfer to another school of the University under the condition that he or she is eligible for special probationary status in the school into which transfer is requested.

To be eligible for this status, the student must:

  • Have a grade point deficit of no more than 20 points.
  • File a Request for Change of Major form available in room 130 of Cook Hall, and attach a written petition for this status.
  • Enclose two letters of recommendation from previous instructors.