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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 1: Academic Integrity

Wordle: Academic Integrity The NCAA monitors graduation success rates and academic performance rates (APR) but not academic integrity. It is incumbent upon each institution to police themselves in this area. The University of Colorado does so using a student-run organization called Honor Code whose intent is “to establish a community of trust where students do not plagiarize, cheat, or obtain unauthorized academic materials.” (see CU’s rules regarding academic integrity).

The essence of integrity is what one does or the decisions one makes if no one is around or watching. Imagine the little angel sitting on your shoulder scrutinizing your every move. Having integrity in your academic pursuits, whether as a tutor or a student, simply means making good choices. Making good choices in this context boils down to three simple rules: Don’t Lie, Don’t Steal, Don’t Cheat. As a tutor, you have the unique opportunity to model this behavior for the student-athletes you work with and it starts by knowing and understanding what NOT to do.

Plagiarism, Cheating, Fabrication, Aid of Academic Dishonesty, Lying, Bribery, and Threat. These are forms of academic dishonesty that you should be aware of as a tutor (see What is a Violation? for examples of each).

Those students that commit various forms of academic dishonesty usually do so when they feel pressured or unprepared. Please help monitor this by being aware of your student’s deadlines, upcoming assignments, and practice/competition schedules. Most of this can be accessed through your GradesFirst account. If you sense a student has reached panic mode, please reach out to their Academic Coordinator.

The following video does an outstanding job of defining Academic Integrity – and the illustrations are fantastic!

What is Academic Integrity? from Emily Paige on Vimeo.

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