At the meeting, the adviser can support you with clarifying any questions posed to you, but will not be able to answer for you. There are several reasons for this:
- A University is not a court of law
- All students are considered to be adults capable of expressing their own views
- Students know - and should therefore be able to express - their own situation best
However, your representative may also speak up if they feel you have missed any point/s you had previously discussed you were going to make, or remind you of something you have forgotten to mention.
Your representative can also help you reflect and offer support on the next stage of the process, as well as provide guidance on Academic Regulations, which can be detailed. Your representative can explain and clarify procedures before, during and after meetings.
At your request, the representative may take summary notes (however, not verbatim minutes).