Sociology Advising Update

Per President Gregory Fenves, classes will resume online the week of March 30th.  Therefore, all other operations, including academic advising, will be virtual for the foreseeable future.  While we may not have answers for everything yet, we will try our best to provide you with as much info as we can.

As of right now, registration will still go on as planned, April 20th – May 1st.  We will be holding advising appointments virtually. You can schedule your appointment online at https://rlpadvising.setmore.com/

Unless otherwise arranged, we will advise via Zoom. No later than 9 AM the morning of your appointment, you will receive an Outlook invite with the details of your Zoom appointment. A direct link to the meeting will be included in those details; for the smoothest experience, we recommend downloading Zoom at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment. You can access Zoom on your computer or on a smartphone app. If you do not have access to a webcam/speaker/microphone on your computer/smartphone, there will be a dial-in by phone option with Zoom.

While we are testing out best practices for sharing our advising notes and class recommendations, we strongly encourage you to take your own notes during your appointment to remember what was discussed.

Just like you, we will likely be holding these meetings from our homes, so the background may be a bit different than our traditional offices. While you are not necessarily going to the advising office, we also ask you please be sure to act like you are: find a location that allows you 30 minutes to focus on your advising meeting, dress appropriately, and come prepared. It should go without saying that advising and driving do not mix well!

Additionally, you should continue contacting us through email at soc.advising@austin.utexas.edu for quick questions and expect a response within a reasonable time frame. We will not be available via our traditional office phone number, and our office voicemail will direct you to email us.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented situation.  We will continue to do our best to be available for all of your needs and help prepare you for your academic future.  Do not hesitate to contact us if you have specific questions regarding your situation, but in regard to the bigger picture, we will update you, where appropriate, when we have the information ourselves.

For the most up-to-date information from the University, please visit https://coronavirus.utexas.edu/, and for the most up-to-date information from the College of Liberal Arts and the Student Affairs Team (for things such as Q-drops and Pass/Fail), please visit https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/student-affairs/.

Your Sociology Advisors

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