George Mason University
George Mason University Mason
George Mason University

Undergraduate Academic Advising

CVPA Undergraduate Academic Advisors

Department/School Advisors Directors
Art

avt@gmu.edu
(703) 993-9617

Peter Winant
Arts Management Nicole Springer
(703) 993-9910
Claire Huschle
Computer Game Design Jeremy Tuohy
(703) 993-2041
Scott Martin
Dance Buffy Price
(703) 993-1114
Susan Shields
Film & Video Studies Lori Yi
(703) 993-5780
Giovanna Chesler
Music Melinda Wildman
(703) 993-1392
Linda Monson
Theater Sara Simanski
(703) 993-1120
Ken Elston
CVPA Academic Affairs Dawn Kelley
(703) 993-1321

Nicole Springer, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Lisa Kahn, Associate Dean

 

Please note:

Students must meet with their Academic Advisor to discuss policies and procedures for submitting any request or form. For specific situations, please refer to the information below.  


Helpful Hints

Tips for Submitting Requests to your Advisor
  • Familiarize yourself with Students Rights and Responsibilities before submitting any requests.
  • Know the academic policies of the university, college, and your degree program. 
  • Verify your schedule each semester during and after the add/drop period to be sure you are registered for the courses you think you are. 
  • Submit requests well before any deadline. Requests are reviewed in the order they are received and cannot be expedited because of late submission. 
Causes for Delays in Reviewing Requests

Advisors and the CVPA Academic Affairs Office reviews requests in the order they are received. We respond to all requests as quickly as possible. 

Common causes of delay:

  • The student fails to provide supporting documentation needed to complete the request (e.g., medical documents, employment verification, communications from the instructor, etc.).
  • The supporting documentation is insufficient to complete the review. 
  • The office has difficulty verifying the documentation. 
  • The student does not check their Masonlive email account for responses or requests from the CVPA Academic Affairs Office. 
  • There are administrative holds on the student's account (e.g., Financial, Parking, Library, Immunization, etc.). It is the student's responsibility to ensure their record is free of holds. All holds should be cleared before submitting a request to the CVPA Academic Affairs Office. 
Completing and Submitting Forms

The forms needed for most requests can be found on the website of the Registrar's Office. For forms that are not available on the Registrar's website, contact your advisor for more information. Your advisor can assist you through the process. 

Registration at Mason

Credit Overload Policies

Students in good standing (GPA at or above 2.0) are eligible to enroll in up to 18 hours of coursework per semester. In exceptional circumstances, students may request an overload of the maximum credit hours allowed. Credits must be approved by advisor and department before submitting form to the CVPA Academic Affairs Office. 

Leave of Absence

All undergraduate students who are planning an absence from George Mason must submit a formal request for Leave of Absence to the Registrar's Office. Students do not need to complete the form if they are participating in a university-sponsored study abroad program or have received permission to study elsewhere. 

Registration Elsewhere

Course Elsewhere

Students who wish to take a course at a different institution must get pre-approval from the academic dean for the course requested. There are specific circumstances when this can be approved, so students should review the policies in the catalog before submitting a request. 

Study Abroad

Students who wish to study abroad must first receive permission from the Mason Study Abroad office and their program dean in order to have the credit transfer back to Mason. Visit the Mason Abroad Office's website for more information on opportunities. 

Consortium

Students who wish to request to take a course at an institution within the consortium must have permission from the CVPA Academic Affairs office and the Registrar's Office. See item AP.1.4.9. in the University Catalog for more information. 

Registration for Inactive Students

Re-enrollment

Students who have been away from the university who either did not submit a leave of absence form or were ineligible to take a formal leave of absence, and who have been away for less than two years must re-enroll in order to register for courses. 

Return from Dismissal

Students returning from dismissal from the university must submit a request to return to Mason through their Academic Advisor, but only after a minimum of three calendar years from the university. See item AP.5.2.6 in the University Catalog for more information. 

Clemency Request

Students who have been away from Mason for three or more consecutive years are eligible to request clemency. In extraordinary cases, students who (a) have been absent from GMU for a minimum of three consecutive calendar years and (b) are currently in their first year back at the university may request that their academic dean consider allow clemency for up to 16 hours of coursework from previous semesters. 

Suspended Students

Students Returning from Suspension

Students placed on suspension have a registration hold placed on his or her record that prevents enrollment in future coursework. Upon return from the suspension period, the student must have an Academic Advisor Approval form reviewed and signed. After the form has been completed, it must be submitted to the CVPA Academic Affairs Office for final approval and to have the hold removed. 

Withdrawals

Non-Academic Withdrawals

Students may request a withdrawal after the drop deadline for non-academic reasons. Requests are considered only under exceptional circumstances. Students will need to provide verifiable, third-party documentation with the request. Please email CVPA Academic Affairs at cvpaugrd@gmu.edu to request the withdrawal form. 

Selective Withdrawals

Students enrolled in degree programs may process a maximum of three selective withdrawals during their entire undergraduate career at Mason. The three classes may have any number of credits. Refer to the university catalog for more information. 

Other Requests and Procedures

Change of Grade

All requests must originate from the professor of the course. For assistance, please see your Academic Advisor. 

Substitutions and Waivers

Substitution/Waiver request forms are used to either substitute or waive a degree requirement. For CVPA students, these requests require a signature from the Assistant Dean. The form is reviewed and approved by the college that houses the major or minor. 

Schools & Programs