Kate Finley Woodruff, Whitney Northrop and Emma Lane make up the CALS Student Services team located in 106 Morrill Hall. Learn more about how each of them support students in the dropdowns below.

The education of our students is central to our mission at CALS. We value our students, and as we prepare you for your professional life, we want your experience at UVM to be rewarding. The materials on this website should serve to answer your basic questions as you navigate your academic requirements while also making UVM your new home. We strongly encourage you to meet with your advisor on a regular basis. Our Student Services team in the CALS Dean’s Office is also here to support you on your academic journey.


Who are the members of the CALS student services team?

Kate Finley Woodruff
Associate Dean of Academic Programs

Kate Finley Woodruff manages the Student Services Office,  and oversees college recruitment, retention, and enrollment, as well as Orientation, Open Houses, Admitted Student Visit Days, and Commencement. She also works on college academic programming and community relations.  Kate was a faculty member for several years in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics, teaching courses in public communication, socially responsible marketing, and non-profit marketing.  

Hours: By appointment
Email: cfinleyw@uvm.edu 
Phone: 802-656-1032

Whitney Northrop
Associate Director of Student Services

Whitney is involved with academic matters that involve permissions and forms such as: change of major/college, declaring a major, declaring a minor, permission to study abroad, permission to go over 19 credits, taking a course incomplete, Add/Drop/and Withdrawal, and the Senior Records Check. In addition, she supports students facing medical and extenuating circumstances that may impact their academic performance. Whitney works with issues of academic standing, coordinates the CALS Studies Committee and manages degree audits for Commencement. Students may schedule appointments with Whitney using the Navigate platform.

Hours: M-F, 8:00 - 4:30
Email: Whitney.Northrop@uvm.edu 
Phone: 802-656-0289

Emma Lane
Student Services Specialist

Emma is involved in a wide variety of recruitment and retention efforts with students at CALS. She manages several scholarships, CALS student representatives and updates the College academic catalogue. She also manages many academic events for CALS including Orientation Sessions, Open Houses, Admitted Student Visit Days, Advisor Workshops and Commencement. She provides administrative support for several academic projects such as the schedule of courses, course evaluations, phone-a-thons and student banquets.

Hours: M-F, 8:00 - 4:30
Email: calsstudentservices@uvm.edu 
Phone: 802-656-2980

What kind of support services does the Student Services Office provide?

The CALS Student Services team can help assist in any of your academic needs. Some of the common issues we help students navigate include:

  • Audit / Pass / No Pass Course Changes
  • Credit by Exam
  • Major / Double Major / College Change
  • Addition of and removal of a Minor
  • Withdrawal
  • Incomplete courses
  • Late Drop from courses
  • Leaving UVM for Leave of Absence / Study Abroad / Medical reasons
  • To go over 19 credits in any given semester
  • Re-admission to CALS / UVM
  • Personal or health issues
  • Any other support you might need

What are the academic probation procedures?

At the end of a semester if your GPA is below a 2.00, the CALS Studies Committee will meet to discuss your situation and decide what your status will be for the following semester. Please review the complete academic probation guidelines here.

Your status in CALS is determined by the severity of your probation. A letter is sent to each student with the Studies Committee's expectations.

The Student Services Office and your Advisor are available to help you avoid serious problems. Please contact us for assistance.

In order to graduate from CALS, you need at least a 2.00 GPA. If you are interested in transferring into CALS, you also need at least a 2.00 GPA.

What if I am having personal or health issues?

If you are ill and missing only one day of classes, you can contact class professors by phone or e-mail directly and leave a clear message including your name, the section of the class you are in, and that you are ill and will be missing the class.

If you are ill or experiencing a personal problem that will cause you to miss more than one day of classes, you must contact Whitney Northrop in the Student Services Office. She will notify the instructors for you, but you will also need to work with that instructor to discuss his/her expectations in reference to your absence.

It is important that you as the student (not your advisor and not your parent) contact Student Services directly if at all possible. By doing so, we will have a very clear understanding of the nature of the illness or problem and how we can best help you.

If you are experiencing any other personal or health issues, we are here to help and can connect you to other helpful resources such as the Center for Health and Wellbeing, Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS), or Student Accessibility Services. Please reach out to us at calsstudentservices@uvm.edu.

Who is my advisor?

The advisor / student relationship should be one of the most significant aspects of a students college experience. Academic advisors provide essential guidance and will assist with course selection each semester. In addition, advisors offer valuable career information and often help students obtain useful practical experiences and may help establish professional contacts.

Your advisor assingment may be found in your MyUVM student information tab. If you have any questions regarding your advisor, please contact the CALS Student Services Office.

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Support for Current CALS Students

The Student Services Office of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is dedicated to supporting our students' needs. The Student Services Office is available to all students and is located in 106 Morrill Hall. Please feel free to drop-in, make an appointment or call us at 802-656-2980 during our office hours: Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Email: calsstudentservices@uvm.edu