The Council for Academic Standards guidelines for academic advising require that advisors:
- maintain confidentiality (compliance with FERPA)
- adhere to the highest principles of ethical behavior with students and in the use of technology
- serve students on a fair and equitable basis
- avoid any personal conflict of interest so advisors can deal objectively and impartially with issues
- handle funds responsibly
- refrain from any form of harassment
- recognize their advising expertise and refer students when necessary
- impart accurate information while complying with institutional policies and rules (CAS Standards, 2005).
- perform their duties within the limits of their training
The NACADA Core Values challenge advisors to:
- treat students and colleagues with respect
- honor the concept of academic freedom
- learn about and understand the institutional mission, culture, and expectations and interpret the institution’s values, mission, and goals to the community
- obtain education and training (NACADA Core Values, 2004 and Nutt, 2007, Legal and Ethical Issues).