Category Archives: Fall 2012

Fall 2012 Tutor Tips

Week 16: Finals and Semester’s End

We are heading down the stretch run of the fall 2012 term. As we enter the semester’s final days, here is some information that a tutor may find useful:

Student-athletes who are in their “off-season” have NO athletic obligations during finals week, nor do they have any during the week prior to finals. Weight lifting, conditioning sessions, practice, etc., must all be VOLUNTARY during this time period. We tell you this in case a student-athlete tries to evade a meeting with you because of “practice.”

Student-athletes who are “in-season” are allowed to participate in athletic activities, like practice and competition.  If a student-athlete is still competing, they are allowed to still have the same amount of athletic obligations while completing their semester.

Remember that the end to a term usually brings large projects, final papers, etc.  It is permissible to provide minimal assistance in these ventures, such as proofreading papers. However, to proof a paper, do not allow a student-athlete to send it to you via email. Sit down with him/her and go over it together.

Study Hall Hours During Finals Week:

  • Saturday December 15 – 9 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 16 – 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 17 – 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 18 – 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Closed at 5pm Wednesday and Thursday; closed Friday, December 21

  • As we approach the end of the term, please encourage your students to plan appointments through the end of the semester with you.
  • Please do not engage with Student-Athletes in individual “contracts for pay” for services rendered outside of the scope of your Athletics Department employment. That includes students in panic at the 11th hour.
  • We know that a student’s lack of planning is not your emergency. We have your back on this; if you need help setting boundaries with a student, please let me know.

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Week 15: Unethical Conduct

Unethical Conduct is defined in NCAA Bylaw 10.1 and as a tutor you are responsible for following the regulations surrounding unethical conduct. If Bylaw 10.1 is found to have been violated, it is considered a serious, Level I infraction.Businessman Crossing Fingers

Specifically, Bylaw 10.1(b) outlines Unethical Conduct as “knowing involvement in arranging for fraudulent academic credit or false transcripts for a prospective or an enrolled student athlete.”

Unethical conduct could range from writing a student-athlete’s paper for them, or providing answers to an online exam, to providing a student-athlete with a copy of an exam to study.

If you are involved in unethical conduct with a student-athlete that you are a tutor for, it could affect the student-athlete’s eligibility as well as your ability to continue as a tutor. Please be aware of your actions and how they ultimately have an effect on a student-athlete’s career at CU.

Direct any questions to Jill or Corey.

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Week 14: Extra Benefits

The NCAA defines an “extra benefit” as “any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution’s athletics interests to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete’s relative or friend a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. Receipt of a benefit by student-athletes or their relatives or friends is not a violation of NCAA legislation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution’s students or their relatives or friends or to a particular segment of the student body (e.g., foreign students, minority students) determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability.”

What does that all mean???

Remember, as a CU Institutional Staff Member, you are not allowed to provide anything to one of your student-athletes that is not available to the general public or to the CU student body it is permissible for student-athletes to receive that benefit.

A student-athlete would also be able to receive anything available to a segment of the student population they may be a part of (e.g. mentor program for minority or international students).

Therefore, student-athletes would be allowed to enter the Coors Event Center and watch Linda Lappe’s Buffs by showing their BuffOne card since all students are admitted free.

However, if you have access to Nuggets tickets (for example) you would not be allowed to give those to a student-athlete for doing well on a test or making a grade improvement in the class you tutor him/her in.

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Week 13: What is a Prospect?

NCAA rules define a prospect as:

• A student in grades 9-12.
• Any student who is provided benefits from CU, even if he/she is not in the 9th grade or older (Note: This is a violation for CU).
• Any transfer eligible college student, including Junior College student-athletes. The NCAA does not distinguish between students involved in athletics and those who are not.
• ALL students who are in grades 9-12 are considered prospects according to the NCAA.
• The same recruiting rules that apply to the senior quarterback apply to the drama club star or debate team captain.

Even if CU has signed a prospect to a National Letter of Intent, which is a binding agreement stating they will come to CU, that person has not discarded the label of “prospect” for that of “enrolled student-athlete.” A student-athlete is a prospect until one of the following occurs:

• He/she enrolls and begins classes at CU
• Begins practice for that CU and is enrolled and ready to begin classes once they are in session (e.g. pre-season practice in August before classes start).

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Week 12: What is an “Institutional Staff Member”?

An “institutional staff member” is a person who works for the University of Colorado Boulder. The NCAA charges its member athletic departments with monitoring its own campus. Understandably, we cannot be omnipotent on our campus. While we are accountable for what occurs on our own campus, the charge we spend the most time on is making sure that our athletics staff members are following NCAA rules.

Whether or not you realize it, you are an institutional staff member because you are performing work for the University of Colorado Boulder. Moreover, you are an athletics staff member because of your position as a tutor.

Since you are a tutor, you are required to follow the same NCAA rules as all athletics department employees follow. What does that mean? Briefly, it means you are prohibited from:

  • Providing extra benefits to student-athletes
  • Arranging for fraudulent academic credit for any student-athlete
  • Violating any of the components of NCAA Bylaw 10.1, governing Ethical Behavior
  • Completing schoolwork for a student-athlete
  • Recruiting prospective student-athletes to participate in CU Athletics

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Week 11: Twitter and Facebook

Social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, are all the rage and have been for quite some time. Naturally, as these sites have evolved into playing a greater role in our culture, they have also evolved into being used in the recruiting world. With this evolution into recruiting, questions have been raised on what NCAA rules allow to occur with these sites.

Generally, the NCAA only allows “electronic correspondence” in the forms of e-mail and faxes in terms of communicating with recruits. Therefore, coaches and staff (which includes Herbst Academic Center tutors) cannot write on “walls” of prospects, comments on their status, post comments on photographs, etc.
Also, when updating a Facebook or Twitter status, prospects cannot be singled out or named. Statuses must be kept general, rather than specific.

Since e-mail is allowed, coaches/staff can use the “inbox” function on Facebook or the direct message function on Twitter to contact recruits.

Direct any questions to Jill or Corey.

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Week 10: Gambling

All CU athletic department staff members and student-athletes are prohibited from participating in sports gambling. As a tutor for the Herbst Academic Center, this prohibition applies to you as well.  You are considered to have participated in gambling if you risk any tangible item for a potential reward. Cash, meals,
transportation and clothing are considered tangible items that are impermissible to wager on sports.

A sporting event at any level (professional, amateur, collegiate) including a sport sponsored by the NCAA (i.e. football, basketball), would be considered an impermissible event to partake in gambling. Internet gambling, sports pools and brackets are all impermissible ways to participate in if you risk something of value.  As the NCAA constantly reminds all of their student-athlete’s: DON’T BET ON IT.

Direct any questions regarding gambling to  Jill or Corey.

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