Is it possible for a new L&S undergraduate to obtain permission to not attend SOAR?
The following information explains the process for requesting permission to not attend the Summer Orientation and Registration Program (SOAR) for new L&S undergraduate students. This policy applies to all new students including transfer students.
The College of Letters & Science believes that the Summer Orientation and Registration Program (SOAR) is critical in providing new students, including transfer students, with the tools and resources to promote academic success in the student’s first semester on campus. Additionally, there is a risk that final admission and transfer credit information will not be finalized if the student does not attend a SOAR session.
Because of this, SOAR exemptions will be rare. In the event that a student asks to be exempt from attending SOAR, please follow the following procedures:
1) Advisors in the College of Letters & Science (includes Academic Advising Services (AAS) generalists, faculty, departmental, major, certificate, and POD advisors) are required to contact the Director of New Student Advising (Ms. Chris Logterman, firstname.lastname@example.org) in L&S Academic Advising Services by e-mail about any contact with a new student who requests a SOAR exemption. Include the following information in the e-mail:
- Student name
- Student ID number
- Date of contact with student
- Rationale for request
ALL exemption requests must be reviewed by the Director of New Student Advising. Advisors in the College of Letters & Science are not authorized to provide a SOAR exemption.
2) Advisors should not contact the Center for the First Year Experience or SOAR staff about SOAR exemptions for L&S students.
3) The Director of New Student Advising will notify the advisor and the student of the decision by e-mail, and provide further instructions if necessary.
This policy and process will be enforced immediately.