Writing and Learning Commons Ethics
- Best Interest: Tutors will be committed to acting in the best interest of students. They will not complete students’ assignments for them.
- Responsibility: Tutors will take responsibility for their own behavior and work to resolve conflicts that may arise between themselves and the students and faculty with whom they work.
- Integrity: Tutors will practice and promote accuracy, honesty, and truthfulness; they will maintain academic integrity and uphold the Code of Student Conduct. Writing Tutors and Writing Fellows will look for instances of plagiarism, discuss the importance of doing original work, and offer solutions to the problem, such as effective note taking and proper documentation of sources.
- Fairness: Tutors will exercise reasonable judgment and take precautions to ensure that their potential biases, the boundaries of their competence, and the limitations of their expertise do not lead to or condone unjust practices.
- Commitment: Tutors will fulfill commitments made to students, to faculty, and to the Tutoring Program.
- Respect for Others’ Rights and Dignity: Tutors will respect the dignity and worth of all people and the rights of individuals to privacy, confidentiality and self-determination.
- Excellence: Tutors will strive to maintain excellence by continuing to improve their skills and to engage in applicable professional development activities.
- Respect for Individual Differences: Tutors will respect cultural, individual, and role differences, including those based on age, sex, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language and socioeconomic status.
- Professionalism: Tutors will not engage in inappropriate relationships with the students they serve. Tutors also will not suggest a grade for an assignment or engage in negative talk about an instructor’s teaching methods, grading policies, assignments, or personality.
- Confidentiality: Tutors will maintain the highest privacy standards in terms of protecting personal information relative to those they serve.