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Tips for Problem Avoidance

    • Read the catalog and handbook; become familiar with policies and procedures.
    • Save a copy of the catalog under which you enrolled.
    • Familiarize yourself with the FSE website and resources available to students to aid in the successful completion of your degree program.
    • Be aware of and adhere to due dates, time frames, and deadlines.
    • Keep track of your progress (i.e., courses/requirements completed and courses/requirements still to be completed).
      • Maintain files for copies of forms submitted, e-mails, fax confirmations, program literature, general communications, etc.
    • Get to know your professors and applied dissertation chair; maintain open lines of communication.
    • Keep copies of all course assignments and feedback, communications with instructors, etc., through graduation.
    • Maintain individual files for each course, for practicums, and for the applied dissertation.
    • Get to know your academic advisor; maintain open lines of communication.
    • Learn APA style. Cite and reference properly with attention to detail; avoid plagiarism.
    • Follow-up on faxes sent to verify receipt; save confirmation; don’t assume requests (e.g., drops, withdrawals, etc.) have been processed; follow up and verify.
    • When personal, family, and/or medical problems arise that inhibit your studies, inform your professor; don’t wait until the end of the course or until after the course/term has ended.
      • Withdraw from the course if necessary to avoid a failing grade (be cognizant of drop/withdrawal deadlines).*
      • Request grades of incomplete prior to the end of the course by completing and submitting an Incomplete Grade Agreement Form (available on the FCE website).*
    • Prior to withdrawing from classes or requesting an incomplete, students receiving financial aid are strongly advised to consult a financial aid advisor in the Office of Enrollment and Student Services (ESS) regarding any possible ramifications to the disbursement of funds and eligibility.
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