UNC releases copy of 'Tutor Handbook'
Posted November 2, 2010
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.”