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UNC releases copy of 'Tutor Handbook'

Posted November 2, 2010

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The University of North Carolina’s Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes released a copy of its ‘Tutor Handbook’ Tuesday in response to a public records request from WRAL.

The tutor program at UNC has come under fire after the university self-reported academic infractions involving several members of the football team and a former tutor to the NCAA.

The handbook gives the job description for tutors who work with UNC student-athletes and the rules and policies those tutors must follow. It outlines how departmental tutors, mentors and monitors must uphold and enforce NCAA regulations for athlete eligibility.

The outline clarifies who the NCAA regulations apply to, what constitutes unethical conduct, the difference between academic fraud and academic offense, and what extra benefits athletes may not receive.

According to the handbook, a the tutor must work under the stated terms and is encouraged to report any unethical behavior by student-athletes, even if it is just a rumor, to Academic Support Program supervisors.

The handbook states that “the institution is required to self-report a violation of unethical conduct (to the NCAA) if an institutional staff member is knowingly involved in arranging fraudulent academic credit for a prospect or an enrolled student-athlete.”

If a student-athlete cheats on his or her own accord, without the aid of a UNC staffer, the action only has to be turned into the student honor court and would not be an NCAA issue unless the student’s academic standing is jeopardized, the handbook says.

Tutors are banned from interacting with student–athletes outside the Academic Center, including phone calls, e-mail, social networking sites, or text messaging, even to arrange additional academic assistance.

The guidelines give an outline of how to assist in writing a paper without violating the school honor code or NCAA compliance rules.

Tutors are advised not to:

  • Write on a student’s paper during any stage of the paper to change content.
  • Type on a student’s computer
  • Allow a student to drop off a paper to be proofread
  • Read a student’s paper from their disk or laptop. Papers can only be read from printouts.
  • Check out or provide library books or research material for the student.
  • Write or type a paper for a student-athlete.

In addition to signing an agreement to tutor under the terms of the NCAA and the university, tutors must sign another agreement after the semester is concluded that they indeed practiced within the terms of the rules and regulations.

That statement reads: “In accordance with ACC requests, and in efforts to remain compliant with NCAA regulations, we now ask that you complete this testimonial as a way to complete your time of service for this semester.”


 

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  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Nov 3, 2010

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    Maybe, unless what they say is true, that lack of depth is wearing Carolina down. And they're without Pianalto, which really hurts their offense. With each passing week, I feel just a little better about our chances against Carolina.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Nov 3, 2010

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    Go for it, bud. You might find a LITTLE something, as you would anywhere. But you won't find ANYTHING like what's going on in Chapped Hole.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Nov 3, 2010

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    As long as we beat Clemson, that would actually be acceptable. We'd still be on top of the division. THANKS!!!

  • rduguyhere Nov 3, 2010

    I guess the news is a little slow lately on the so called "UNC investigation"....

    Got to have something to talk about on the wral website I see to give the ABCers something to comment about. It keeps the wral website 'click count' up there.

  • corey3rd Nov 3, 2010

    a student's disk? How old is this Tutor handbook? Sony quit making disks. was there a section about what happens when an athlete wants you to record Miami Vice on a Beta tape?

  • SAC71GOPACK Nov 2, 2010

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    love it.

  • redistrumps Nov 2, 2010

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    Please please please meet me here when that game ends, promise?!?!??!?!

    4-0!!!!!!!!

  • 78FJ40 Nov 2, 2010

    I bet Enron could produce a document showing the proper way to report earnings too. :rolleyes:

  • dtjwnbarr5 Nov 2, 2010

    OK, so here's the question. According to the handbook:
    “the institution is required to self-report a violation of unethical conduct (to the NCAA) if an institutional staff member is knowingly involved in arranging fraudulent academic credit for a prospect or an enrolled student-athlete.” The tutor in question was fired for improper relationships with football players. Did UNC self report the incident(s) that led to the tutor being fired? Did they even investigate it or just fire her without investigating? Did they inform the head coach that they had fired a tutor for improper relationships with his own football player? Someone is guilty of gross negligence (or worse), either the athletic department for not investigaitng, not tellin the head coach, or not reporting the incident to the NCAA, OR Butch Davis for employing a tutor that he had been told had been fired for improper relationships with football players. Why have no reporters asked those questions? Surely the answers can't be a violation of student privacy laws. They involve the actions of employees of UNC, a state agency.

  • VT1994Hokie Nov 2, 2010

    The report spells out the guidelines. But, it doesn't say much about what the tutor in question did. A lot of one-liners from the many posts, and many towel boys. UNC will get it right one day; I hope.

    I'll bet this is the year that in spite of the many scandals for this school...the football team will find a way to beat NC State this season. The law of averages will help them. It will be a shoot-out, but if UNC has any pride they can do this.

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