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Please Note: the following Policies apply to all SLC paid and credit/non-credit staff. The word “tutor” is used for convenience to stand for all SLC positions involving work with students and SLC programs.

SLC Policy regarding Private Tutoring for Pay

To reduce the possibility of professional conflict of interest and to eliminate the chance for confusion in students' minds between SLC-supported tutoring and private tutoring, and in accordance with university guidelines regarding the use of U.C. resources, the following policies went into effect in Fall 1991.

  1. Tutors may not solicit clients for private tutoring or other business from among the users of SLC services.
  2. Tutors who have private tutoring clients may not use SLC facilities or resources for their work with those clients.
  3. Tutors who violate these policies are subject to dismissal from the SLC.

SLC Policy regarding Use of Atrium and Group Rooms

Tutoring and other SLC activities take priority in the Atrium and the SLC Group Rooms during all posted SLC hours. While students are welcome to study in the Atrium and Group Rooms when space is available, SLC tutors may ask students to relinquish a table or room at any time that the space is needed for a tutoring session or other SLC services. Please ask any SLC staff member if you need assistance securing a table or group room.

SLC Policy regarding Use of SLC Resources

The equipment (copier, computer/printers, FAX, telephones, video camera/VCR, etc.), teaching materials and space of the Student Learning Center are available to all employees, credit and no-credit student staff only for providing SLC services to UC Berkeley students. They are not to be used for the private purposes of tutors (e.g. personal class work, private tutoring, seeking employment, club activities, etc.). While many of these activities are of an academic nature and are helpful to UCB students, they must be undertaken without drawing on the limited resources of the Student Learning Center and violating university guidelines regarding use of university resources.

  1. Tutors may not use SLC equipment, materials, or other resources for purposes other than their SLC responsibilities.
  2. The use of SLC resources for non-SLC purposes may result in dismissal from the SLC.

SLC Policy regarding Privacy of SLC Staff and Students

Respect for our students and for each other is a foundation of the Student Learning Center, and this principle extends to a respect for the privacy of our student users and fellow members of the SLC staff. Information regarding SLC staff, student staff, and student service users is for the sole purpose of providing SLC services and conducting SLC programs, is to be considered confidential, and is not to be used for any purposes other than those for which it was provided. This policy similarly applies to contact information including e-mail lists, phone lists, and SLC mailboxes.

  1. Information regarding students seeking or engaged in SLC services is considered confidential and should not be shared with others, nor used for purposes outside of those for which it was provided. This includes academic information (e.g., gpa, academic probation, etc.) as well as personal information (background, disability status, contact information, etc.).
  2. Individual or group contact information (phone lists, e-mail lists, SLC mailboxes) is not to be used for purposes other than the conducting of SLC program work.
  3. Violation of this policy may result in dismissal from the SLC.
Student Staff Handbook | University Policy on Sexual Harassment

SLC Statement

It is important that every tutor be aware of the University sexual harassment policy and of the SLC ethics that guide conduct with tutees. In regard to proper conduct with tutees, there exist some very clear boundaries that cannot be crossed. Tutors should not date or pursue relationships other than tutoring or mentoring with their tutees. While the role of peer tutor can often take an informal nature, tutors should not underestimate or take advantage of their position of authority over the tutee's academic success. At no time should a tutee feel that his or her academic future is contingent upon a relationship of any nature with his or her tutor. The meetings between tutors and tutees should always include the respect and professionalism expected in any workplace or educational setting. It is important that tutors and tutees feel safe and respected at all times within the SLC and that any concerns or problems be reported to a supervisor immediately. Likewise, if a tutee reports an incident of sexual harassment to a tutor, the tutor should consult with a supervisor immediately

Official Berkeley Campus Policy on Sexual Harassment

full text of the policy should be read by all tutors and is available at http://ccac.berkeley.edu/policies.shtml

The sections most commonly relevant to SLC tutors are excerpted below:

University of California Policy on Sexual Harassment

May 2008

A. Introduction

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community where all persons who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of all forms of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. Every member of the University community should be aware that the University is strongly opposed to sexual harassment, and that such behavior is prohibited both by law and by University policy. The University will respond promptly and effectively to reports of sexual harassment, and will take appropriate action to prevent, to correct, and if necessary, to discipline behavior that violates this policy.

This policy applies to the University of California campuses, the DOE Laboratories, the Medical Centers, and the Office of the President, including Agriculture and Natural Resources, and all auxiliary University locations (the locations).

B. Definition of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects a person's employment or education, unreasonably interferes with a person's work or educational performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or learning environment. In the interest of preventing sexual harassment, the University will respond to reports of any such conduct.

Harassment that is not sexual in nature but is based on gender, sex-stereotyping, or sexual orientation also is prohibited by the University's nondiscrimination policies if it is sufficiently severe to deny or limit a person's ability to participate in or benefit from University educational programs, employment, or services. While discrimination based on these factors may be distinguished from sexual harassment, these types of discrimination may contribute to the creation of a hostile work or academic environment. Thus, in determining whether a hostile environment due to sexual harassment exists, the University may take into account acts of discrimination based on gender, sex-stereotyping, or sexual orientation.

Sexual harassment may include incidents between any members of the University community, including faculty and other academic appointees, staff, coaches, housestaff, students, and non-student or non-employee participants in University programs, such as vendors, contractors, visitors, and patients. Sexual harassment may occur in hierarchical relationships or between peers, or between persons of the same sex or opposite sex.

In determining whether the reported conduct constitutes sexual harassment, consideration shall be given to the record of the conduct as a whole and to the totality of the circumstances, including the context in which the conduct occurred.

This policy covers unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Consensual romantic relationships between members of the University community are subject to this and other University policies, for example, those governing faculty-student relationships that are detailed in the Academic Personnel Policy APM-015 (Faculty Code of Conduct). While romantic relationships between members of the University community may begin as consensual, they may evolve into situations that lead to charges of sexual harassment, subject to this policy.

Full text available at http://ccac.berkeley.edu/policies.shtml

Student Staff Handbook | University Policy on Academic Honesty

SLC Statement

Academic honesty is expected of all tutors, at all times on the Berkeley campus. The SLC functions as a center of learning exchanges, shared ideas, and inspiration. The tutor acts as facilitator to the tutee's own learning processes. A tutor should not provide academic advantages that constitute a violation of the rules that govern University student conduct. Tutors and tutees should feel free to discuss course material. However, without the prior consent of a supervisor, at no time should a tutor show or give to the tutee old exams, current exam questions, papers or other course materials. Tutors should be sensitive to the position of authority and influence they hold in relation to their tutees, and at no time should a tutor take advantage of that position. Should situations arise in which a tutee violates or is in danger of violating academic codes of conduct, a supervisor should be consulted immediately. Tutors who violate Berkeley campus academic policies can have their employment at the SLC terminated and may be subject to further University disciplinary action.

Berkeley Campus Policy and Definitions of Academic Violation

1. Cheating. Cheating is defined as fraud, deceit, or dishonesty in an academic assignment, or using or attempting to use materials, or assisting others in using materials which are prohibited or inappropriate in the context of the academic assignment in question. This includes, but is not limited to:

a. Providing answers to or receiving answers from others for any academic assignment. In "group assignments" and "cooperative learning" situations, it is the responsibility of the student to ascertain from the instructor to what degree the work must be done exclusively by the student or may be done in collaboration with others;

b. Using notes, information, calculators, or other electronic devices or programs during exams or for assignments from which they have been expressly or implicitly prohibited;

c. Improperly obtaining or using improperly obtained information about an exam or assignment in advance of its availability to other students, or assisting others in doing so;

d. Putting one's name on another student’s exam or assignment; or

e. Altering previously graded work for purpose of seeking a grade appeal.

2. Plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined as the use of intellectual material produced by another person without acknowledging its source. This includes, but is not limited to:

a. Copying from the writings or works of others into one's academic assignment without attribution, or submitting such work as if it were one's own;

b. Using the views, opinions, or insights of another without acknowledgment; or

c. Paraphrasing the characteristic or original phraseology, metaphor, or other literary device of another without proper attribution.

3. Furnishing false information in the context of an academic assignment. This includes, but is not limited to:

a. Writing an exam or term paper for another student;

b. Soliciting another person to take an exam or write a paper for one's own class;

c. Submitting the same piece of work as partial fulfillment of the requirements in more than one course without permission of the instructor;

d. Representing oneself as another person, or failing to identify oneself forthrightly and honestly in the context of an academic obligation; or

e. Representing, explicitly or implicitly, that work obtained from another source was produced by oneself.

4. Creating an improper academic disadvantage to another student or an improper academic advantage to oneself. This includes, but is not limited to:

a. Removing, defacing, hiding or deliberately withholding library books or other materials, particularly those with short-term loan periods or on reserve for courses;

b. Contaminating a laboratory sample (e.g., a "mystery substance" in qualitative chemistry); or

c. Altering the indicators of a practical exam (e.g., moving the pin in a dissection specimen in anatomy).

5. Interference with courses of instruction. This includes, but is not limited to:

a. Failure to comply with the instructions or directives of the course instructor; or

b. Disruption of classes or other academic activities.

6. Theft or damage of intellectual property. This includes, but is not limited to:

a. Sabotaging or stealing another person’s assignment, book, paper, notes, experiment, or project;

b. Improperly accessing or electronically interfering via computer or other means with the property of another person or the University.

7. Selling or distributing course lecture notes, handouts, readers or other information provided by an instructor, or using them for any commercial purpose without the express permission of the instructor.

'For futher information about Academic Integrity policies and judicial procedures see the Student Conduct website at http://students.berkeley.edu/osl/sja.asp?id=928