Frequently Asked Questions
commonly asked questions and their answers are listed below.
How do study hours work?
What time frame do I have to complete my study hours?
How do I find a tutor? How do tutoring sessions work?
What happens if I miss a tutoring session?
What happens if my tutor misses a session?
How do I register for courses?
How do I register for summer courses?
How do I withdraw from a course?
Who is my academic counselor?
Who is my faculty advisor?
What do I have to do to declare or change my major?
What do I have to do if I will be missing class due to traveling and competition?
- If your team requires you to complete weekly study hours, you must have a study monitor log you into the AccuTrack station in the LRSA Murphy Family Study Center so that your hours will be recorded.
- At the end of each week, the hours that you spend in the study center will be summarized in a report and sent to your coaches.
- Study hours completed before 6:00pm must be completed inside the study center. After 6:00pm, a second study monitor will be stationed in the outer lobby and study hours may be completed in the outer lobby.
- For each new week, study hours will be counted beginning on Fridays at 9:00am and ending on Thursdays at 9:00pm. Since we generate the weekly reports on Friday morning, study hours completed on Friday count toward the next week's totals.
- If you find yourself in need of a tutor, please follow the process described below:
- Talk with your LRSA counselor. If you are not sure who your counselor is, you can talk to any of the counselors in the LRSA office and they will be able to help you.
- The counselor will fill out a tutor request form.
- The tutoring coordinator will phone/email you ASAP with the name and phone number of the tutor.
- If you do not hear from the tutoring coordinator within a week you need to contact your counselor.
- You are expected to be prepared to meet with the tutor at a mutually convenient time as soon as the match is made.
- Sessions will begin by the second week of the semester. You must contact the tutor within one week of the original match. Otherwise the match is void.
- It is important that you show up on time for the meeting. If you do not think that you can make it, you must contact the tutor at least 24 hours in advance.
- Tutors will not do assignments, so you should come to tutorial sessions having already completed or at least attempted the homework or assignments.
- You need to come to each meeting prepared to ask questions and ready to discuss lectures, texts, and other assignments.
- If you miss two appointments, the sessions with that particular subject tutor may be terminated and you will lose your tutoring privileges.
- A missed appointment is defined as:
- Being at least 15 minutes late for an appointment
- Missing the appointment entirely
- Your LRSA counselor will notify your coach when you miss a tutorial appointment.
- It is your responsibility to contact your counselor by phone or email, to cancel an appointment at least a day before the appointment. If a tutor is contacted a few hours before an appointment, LRSA will consider it a no-show. If a session is missed due to last minute extenuating circumstances your academic counselor must be informed immediately.
- If a tutor misses an appointment, you need to contact the Tutoring Coordinator at LRSA.
- LRSA wants to know your opinions about the quality of assistance that the tutors provide. Just as they are responsible for evaluating the student-athlete, you are also responsible for evaluating them. Students should discuss tutorial work with their academic counselor on a regular basis.
- To register for courses, you must first meet with your faculty advisor to receive a a course registration code. Once you have the course registration code, you will be able to register for classes using the BC UIS system either on or after your scheduled registration date.
- To find your advisor's name/contact information and your registration time, log into the Agora Portal, select the "My Services" tab, and then select the "Academic Advisor" link that appears in the "Account and Personal Info" column.
- Your faculty advisor is different from your LRSA academic counselor. You can talk to your LRSA academic counselor to discuss ideas for fall classes and the summer school courses in which you are currently enrolled; however, you must meed with your faculty advisor in order to register for the next semester.
- For incoming Freshmen: Contact with your faculty advisor occurs during your orientation session. During orientation, you will meet with your faculty advisor in to discuss classes and receive your registration materials.
- If you plan to take courses at a school other than Boston College, you must find a course catalog description of the course that you want to take and present it along with a completed Course Approval form to the department and your Dean's Office.
- To withdraw from a course, student-athletes must come to the LRSA Office and fill out both an Undergraduate Course Withdrawal Form and Withdrawal Letter that will be provided and signed by your academic counselor.
- After you have discussed the withdrawal with your academic counselor, you must bring the form and the letter to your Dean's office.
- Student Athlete's can see who their academic counselor is by visiting this page. Counselors are listed by their respective sports teams.
- You can see who your faculty advisor is by logging into the Agora Portal, clicking on the "My Services" tab, and then selecting the "Academic Advisor" link that is listed in the "Account and Personal Info" column.
- To declare a major, you should visit the department for the specific major that you wish to declare. Most departments will have you fill out a major declaration form that you will then submit to them. In addition to this, some departments may ask you to fill out an additional form and then turn it into the Office of Student Services in Lyons Hall.
- If you will be missing classes due to traveling and competition, you must talk to both your academic counselor and notify your professors as early as possible.
- When you speak to your LRSA counselor at the beginning of each semester, they will be able to provide you with travel forms. When you present these travel forms to your professors, any necessary accommodations will be made.
- All students are assigned an academic advisor within their area of concentration or school/college to support course selection and degree planning. LRSA is a department under the Office of the Provost and Dean of Faculties and provides academic counseling to complement departmental advisors. We focus on enhancing student engagement in the learning process, encouraging higher levels of academic performance, furthering critical thinking skills, and promoting student self-advocacy in the classroom.