1. Advisor Assignments
For students who matriculated in 2013 or after, the director of assessment serves as academic advisor. Students meet with the director of assessment three to four times each year to discuss their academic and professional development progress. In conversation with the director of assessment, students determine their academic and field work programs.
Students who matriculated before 2013 have a faculty or staff advisor. Advisor and advisees should conduct a minimum of three yearly meetings. They will go over academic evaluations, credit and elective requirements, plans for job placement, equivalency programs and any personal issues the student needs to discuss.
For all students, the director of student life is responsible for providing individual pastoral support. Other faculty members are also available for additional support and mentoring regarding rabbinic formation. Non-academic student support needs are overseen by the vice president for student development.
2. Advisor/Advisee Responsibilities
Advisor and advisees should conduct a minimum of three yearly meetings. They will go over academic evaluations, credit and elective requirements, plans for job placement, equivalency programs and any personal issues the student needs to discuss.
Student petitions to the faculty must be reviewed and initialed by the advisor. In addition, advisors should be available for additional meetings with an advisee upon request. Advisors will normally keep records of their meetings with advisees in student files. It is understood that such reports will include only matters relating directly to the student’s academic program and performance. Significant problems should be reported in writing directly to the vice president for student development. A copy of the report will be sent to the student and/or faculty advisor as it is filed.
3. Ethical Privacy Guidelines
Although advisors are generally obliged to maintain confidentiality about personal matters discussed by an advisee, the advisor reserves the right, in the case of personal revelations concerning violations of the law, violations of stated RRC policy, or other matters putting an advisee’s fitness for the rabbinate in question, to place the needs of the community above the advisee’s need for privacy. The advisor should state clearly to the advisee at the beginning of the advising relationship that confidentiality is not absolute and should attempt to repeat the point when an advisee begins to venture into areas about which the advisor would not want to maintain confidentiality.
If an advisor determines that it is necessary to disclose something that an advisee has told the advisor in confidence for the reasons stated above, the advisor should first speak about this to the academic dean and/or the vice president for student development. If it is agreed that disclosure is necessary, the advisor should first tell the advisee of the need to disclose and offer the advisee the opportunity to make the disclosure. Only if the advisee refuses to do so or prefers not to do so may the advisor disclose the confidence.