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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 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?

I have an academic advisor on campus. What does my academic counselor do?

How do study hours work?

  • If your team requires you to complete weekly study hours, you must have a study monitor log you into the AccuTrack station in the SAAS 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.

What time frame do I have to complete my weekly study hours?

  • 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. 

How do I find a tutor?

  • If you find yourself in need of a tutor, please follow the process described below:
  • Talk with your SAAS 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 email you with specific tutoring information.
  • You are expected to come prepared to sessions and have course materials and questions.

How do tutoring sessions work?

  • It is important that you show up on time for the meeting. Students cannot cancel sessions directly with the tutor. If you need to cancel for any reason, contact the tutor coordinator and your academic counselor. 
  • Tutors will not do assignments. 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. 

What happens if my tutor misses a tutoring session?

  • If a tutor misses an appointment, you need to contact the Tutoring Coordinator at SAAS.
  • SAAS 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.

How do I register for courses?

  • 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 SAAS academic counselor. You can talk to your SAAS 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.

How do I register for summer courses?

  • If you plan to take courses at a school other than Boston College, you must complete a Course Approval form with the department and your Dean's Office. For courses taken outside of Boston College, you must provide adequate documentation on the program and on the course(s).

How do I withdraw from a course?

  • To withdraw from a course, student-athletes must come to the SAAS 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.

Who is my academic counselor?

  • Student Athlete's can see who their academic counselor is by visiting the SAAS website. Counselors are listed by their respective sports teams.

Who is my faculty advisor?

  • 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.

What do I have to do to declare or change my major?

  • 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.

What do I do if I will be missing class due to traveling and competition?

  • At the beginning of each semester, SAAS will provide student-athletes with class conflict forms that document your travel schedule. You are responsibile for providing the class conflict form to your professors and for completing any coursework that may be missed due to travel-related absences.
  • You should also communicate any issues regarding travel with your SAAS Academic Counselor.

I have an academic advisor on campus. What does my academic counselor do?

  • All students are assigned an academic advisor within their area of concentration or school/college to support course selection and degree planning. SAAS is a department under the Office of the Provost and Dean of Faculties and provides academic counseling to complement departmental advisors.