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Week 5: Policies for Reviewing Written Work

A tutor’s primary objective is to help a student become a better writer by the end of the semester, not to produce a perfect paper by the end of the tutoring session.

When revising work, focus on content such as ideas, phrasing, and organization.

When reviewing work focus on mechanical issues such as grammar, spelling, and formatting.

As a tutor for CU Athletics, you should comply with the following:

  • DO NOT alter the student’s voice.  This is a violation of NCAA rules.
  • DO NOT accept an emailed copy of the student’s work.  The student should provide you with a hard copy of their paper or assignment.  Tutors may not respond with corrections via email.  If a student-athlete sends their work via email, please forward it immediately to the Tutoring Director then delete it from your device.
  • NEVER write on a student’s paper.  The student should be the only person making corrections on his/her own draft copy.
  • DO NOT accept a paper dropped off for review.  Revision and review only takes place in an active tutoring session between the tutor and the student.  The student must be physically present and actively engaged.
  • ENGAGE the student when proofreading.  Students MUST be present during the proofing of their paper.  If necessary, have the student read the paper aloud or read it to the student.
  • NEVER rewrite sentences for the students.  Never edit, alter, refine or correct.  Help the student see where writing may be improved.
  • NEVER sit at the keyboard.  Only the student should work on the computer.  The student must type/write their own paper without a tutor present.  There should be NO composition taking place during tutoring sessions.
  • TEACH the student.  Improve the writer, not the individual writing.

Week 2: Institutional Staff Member

You’re an Institutional Staff Member.  What does that mean exactly?

Our subject tutors are very important to our operations and the academic success of our student-athletes.   Most of you tutor in addition to maintaining very busy and hectic schedules as students and professionals.  Although you tutor on a part-time basis, you are considered an “Institutional Staff Member” by the NCAA, and as such are held to the same standards as our full-time staff members in the HAC.

The NCAA defines an institutional staff member as any individual who performs work for the athletics department, even if the individual is a student at the institution and/or does not receive compensation for performing such services.  This means that you are prohibited from certain things because of your status as an institutional staff member.  Some of these restrictions and responsibilities are as follows:

  • You are obligated to report any issues, concerns or violations to your supervisor or the compliance office (see How to Report a Violation)
  • You cannot participate in sports gambling / wagering.  This includes any sport sponsored by the NCAA at any level (amateur, collegiate, professional)
  • You cannot provide extra benefits to student athletes
  • You may not arrange for fraudulent academic credit or complete schoolwork for any student-athlete
  • You are not allowed to recruit prospective student-athletes to participate in CU Athletics

If you are unsure of an action you are considering, please contact a HAC representative or the CU Compliance Office for clarification and a rules interpretation.

Getting to Know Your Herbst Academic Center Staff

Staff Picture Nov 2012

Academic Coordinator:  All student-athletes have a designated Academic Coordinator who works with them from freshman orientation through graduation to assist with the following:

  • Coordinate and monitor the use of campus-wide resources that would best allow each individual student-athlete to succeed academically
  • Provide personal support and refer student-athletes to counseling and personal assistance resources if necessary
  • Collaborate with Academic Advisors for course selection
  • Help facilitate the student-athlete’s academic transition to college
  • Recommend and provide subject tutoring for any class
  • Monitor NCAA, Pac-12, and CU academic eligibility standards
  • Track eligibility benchmarks and progress towards degree completion
  • Motivate students to fully engage in their academic life
  • Teach students about academic integrity and academic fraud
  • Communicate with faculty as needed and assist in communication with professors regarding missed class due to competitions
  • Communicate regularly with coaches and report academic progress including grades, tutoring appointments, academic meetings, and study hall hours

Our Academic Coordinators are:

 

Mindy Sclaro – Men’s Basketball, Women’s Golf, Volleyball
Ryan Kataoka – Football, Soccer
Medford Moorer – Football, Tennis
Chris Howlett – Women’s Basketball, Men’s Golf, Skiing
Corey Edwards – Track & Field, Cross Country

Learning Specialist:  Learning specialists provide support to students with both learning disabilities and learning deficiencies.  Skill building in the areas of reading , writing and test taking are the primary areas of focus for Learning Specialists.  In addition, assistance is provided in securing and implementing accommodations that may be awarded through the CU Office of Disability Services.

Our Learning Specialists are:  Michele Brannigan, Senior Learning Specialist; Jed Herb

Academic Mentor:  In addition to all the qualifications of a subject tutor, Academic Mentors facilitate the student-athlete’s transition to college and help develop academic skills.  Specifically, Academic Mentors teach and promote the development of academic success and skills ranging from time management, organization and prioritization.

Our Academic Mentors are:  Robin Maras and Kevin Brennan