Statement of Student Responsibility
You and the University share responsibility for your education. Our most successful students recognize the responsibility they must assume for their own progress. At UC Berkeley, you have the freedom to make independent decisions about your academic career. With this freedom comes the need to be responsible not only about your academics, but also about the administrative duties you need to complete in order to graduate.
In the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising and in the College's academic departments, advisers are ready to answer your questions and to help you explore the many options and alternatives available to you.
As a student in the College of Letters and Science, you are expected to:
- Be aware of the degree requirements and all relevant policies. If you don't understand a particular policy or requirement, ask an L&S adviser to explain it to you.
- Be familiar with the academic calendar for such information as add/drop/grading option and withdrawal deadlines, Tele-BEARS registration dates, and the final exam schedule.
- Verify your course enrollments through Tele-BEARS or Bear Facts at the beginning of the term and once again right before the drop deadline. You are responsible for confirming all course and wait list adds and drops, as well as all grading option choices, by the relevant deadlines.
- Review your DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) Report regularly for accuracy and to inform yourself of remaining requirements for graduation. Notify the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising, your major adviser, and/or the Office of the Registrar of any discrepancy noted between our records and yours.
- Once you have been accepted into a major, remember to consult with your major adviser to make certain you are up-to-date on departmental requirements for graduation and changes in options for tracks and emphases within the major.
- Keep the Office of Undergraduate Advising informed of situations that may disrupt your academic work. Consult the advising office immediately if a serious problem (medical, financial, personal) affects your ability to attend classes or interferes with your ability to focus on your education and to do your best academic work. Please visit the Office of Undergraduate Advising website for information on how to contact us.
- Ensure that your contact information and email address are up to date and review your UC Berkeley e-mail account on a regular basis for notices and updates.
- Be proactive, plan ahead, and take advantage of the many resources at UC Berkeley.
We look forward to helping you make informed and responsible decisions about your education at Cal.