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High-quality academic advising has long been recognized as a significant factor in student satisfaction, retention, and overall positive outcomes. However, the theories and philosophies guiding individual advising interactions have received more attention than the guiding principles behind the development of advising policies and procedures at the institutional and departmental levels. This article explores the concept of "cruelty-free advising," inspired by the notion of "cruelty-free syllabi," to examine and reevaluate advising policies and practices. Cruelty-free advising emphasizes trust in students, places them at the center of the advising process, and fosters a genuine concern for their success. This article provides practical considerations and questions for advisors and administrators to transition towards cruelty-free advising, ultimately contributing to a more supportive and empowering academic advising experience for students.

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empathy, caring, cruelty-free, policy

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