Should You Ever Turn Away An Advisee?
At times students show up for academic advising appointments unprepared for a productive discussion, or they may appear to be fairly alert for a morning appointment but look hungover and perhaps still smell of alcohol, or they might show up dressed in pajamas and flop flops. Have there been instances when you have felt justified in refusing to continue an appointment; point out the student’s unacceptable preparation, condition, or appearance; and refer him/her to a future appointment? Or do you think in these or similar cases, it is better to continue, perhaps modify your discussion but guide the student as best you can and hope you have a positive impact, and address “infractions” only if a pattern develops?
What is your opinion?