Student Advocate Office

Why does Calhoun have a Student Advocate?

The Student Advocate Office was created to help students and potential students solve college-related problems by providing individual attention to each issue.   It is important that these problems be handled in a direct, expeditious, and friendly manner.  If a student or potential student has tried without success to resolve a problem on campus, it’s time to contact the Student Advocate Office.

How can I Contact the Student Advocate?

It’s easy!  The Student Advocate Office is open the following dates/times:

  • Decatur campus: Monday – Thursday 7:45 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. and Friday 7:45 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.
  • Huntsville campus: Every first Monday and second Tuesday of each month, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

For more information or to schedule a meeting, stop by the office located Wallace Hall (temporary location), Decatur campus, or room  101Ec in the Sparkman Building at the Huntsville campus.

What is the Role of the Student Advocate?

  • Listening to the needs and concerns of the student or potential student
  • Educating the students on college policies and procedures spotlight on students
  • Communicating with the students to assist in devising a solution or strategy to the problem(s) or finding alternatives
  • Gathering information and making inquiries in cooperation with the student
  • Referring the students to the appropriate office or person, or contacting the office or person on the student’s behalf
  • Following up with the student to be sure the situation is resolved, the question is answered, or (s)he has made the necessary contact
  • Recommending process or procedural improvements when necessary
Carla Swinney

Carla Swinney

Student Advocate
256-306-2870
carla.swinney1@calhoun.edu