Core Faculty Resource Guide


Porter Advising Hours:

Monday through Friday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
D Building Room 104


Advising Staff:

For all academic concerns or questions, email first.

The contact information for Porter's advisors
Advising Position Name Telephone Email
Lead Academic Preceptor  Sarah Shane-Vasquez 831-459-4013
Academic Preceptor Bob Giges 831-459-2864
Adviser Erica Bellis 831-459-5819



Information about different resources available to students
Resource Acronym Phone Number Email
Comprehensive List of Student Service
Counseling & Psychological Services: CAPS 831-459-2628 N/A (prefer phone)
Slug Support Program 831-459-4446
Student Conduct & Community Standards 831-201-2887
Student Health Outreach & Promotion SHOP 831-459-3772
Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education CARE 831-502-2273
Learning Support Services LSS 831-459-4333
Writing Center N/A


Core Enrollment Information:

Core Class Placement:
Email with enrollment questions.  

"Extra Student" Not on Your Roster:    
Have student send an e-mail to or visit us for a drop-in appointment to determine correct core class.

"No Shows" and Absences:
Contact the college provost if students do not attend the first class, so that they can be located and referred to the correct instructor.

Continuing No Shows and Absences:
Email if a student is absent for more than one or two classes/sections. Porter Advising will conduct a follow-up check on the student's well-being (or their plans to withdraw from the university.)

Withdrawals/Leave of Absence Process:

Have the student contact Porter Advising (email if a student has informed you they intend to withdraw or take a leave of absence from UCSC.  Refer student to the Porter Advising Office for additional questions. The student needs to complete the online process on the undergraduate advising website.  Note that after the sixth week, students can only withdraw for a documented emergency (medical, family etc.) reasons. Porter advisers can work with the student to clarify their options.

Incomplete (I) Grades:

  • Only instructors can assign an Incomplete grade. Advisers do not approve or deny incomplete grades.
  • The student must meet with you and understand what is required to complete the classwork - including a timeline to submit the completed classwork.
  • Please review the academic and administrative calendar for the deadline to submit the completed work to you (along with the Removal of Incomplete form).  The coursework must be accompanied with the Removal of Incomplete Petition (carries a $10 fee).  Petitions can be download from the Office of the Registrar.  Failure to remove the Incomplete Notation will result in an F grade.
  • When the coursework is completed and you have signed the petition, assign a grade for the student, and send the form to the Office of the Registrar (190 Hahn Student Services Center). You can update the grade in your faculty portal.

Grading Chart:

Behavior & Mental Health:
Comprehensive online resources for difficult teaching situations - scroll down to For Faculty and Staff:

Academic Misconduct:

Complete Academic Misconduct Policy.
Contact Porter's College Academic Manager, Leah Browne, if you suspect  a student has been cheating or plagiarized.

Academic Difficulty (in Core or suspected elsewhere):

  • Email or refer the student to the advising office.
  • Students should always check our calendar before arriving at the office for a drop-in appointment. Students may schedule appointments through Slug Success or call 831-459-2273 for assistance with making an appointment.
  • Drop-in Writing Tutoring available through Learning Support Services or Westside Writing Center.
  • Students with disabilities, or those who suspect they may have one, can contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC): or (831) 459-2089.

Issues with Personal & Financial Stress, Psychological Concerns, Suspected Drug/Alcohol Abuse:

Disruptive Behavior, Anger & Aggression:

Privacy: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Classroom:

  • Faculty may not:

           Return essays or graded coursework in an unattended (public) box.
           Post grades or other enrollment information, including student's names.