In theory, assistance provided by professors, instructors, TAs, etc. is
equally available to all students enrolled in the course and the cost of
such assistance is covered by tuition.

Part of the intent of a conflict of interest policy is to not give (nor
appear to give) some students an unfair advantage. If a student can pay for
(or qualifies for a program that pays for) extra help provided by someone
who has an 'inside track' to test content and grading processes, it at
least presents the possibility of, or opportunity for unethical conduct.
This is not to suggest that such behavior WILL occur, but to reduce the
likelyhood such charges could be made.

If either the element of payment for services or the 'inside track'
characteristic are removed from the picture, we have much less of a problem.

If a student can afford to pay for tutoring on a private basis, this is
generally outside the realm of institutional policy. BUT, if the person
doing the tutoring in this case has a current 'insider' roll -- especially
if they are already compensated in any way by the institution for that
roll, then we clearly have an ethical issue.

Roger Child, Director
Student Support Services
(New Dimensions In Learning)
The University of Iowa
310 Calvin Hall
IOWA CITY  IA  52242

Craig Andres <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>But the teacher is already getting paid to teach
>the course.
>And the student is allowed to see the instructor
>during office hours I would guess.
>So how is tutoring any different than office
>In fact, one of the ways I bring students into my
>tutor lab is through teaching courses.  It builds
>a reputation for the tutor lab being helpful, and
>the students tell students in other sections of
>the course about this important resource.
>Roger Child wrote:
>> I believe you should have such a policy. At the Univ of Iowa this is not
>>a gray area at all. (It comes under the headings of 'ethics' and
>>'conflict of interest'.)
>> It is NOT OK for anyone who teaches, grades papers, or in any other way
>>may have an influence on grades earned in a course to accept payment for
>> tutoring a student in that course. This policy is established by the
>> College of Liberal Arts but is generally applied throughout the University.