Here at University of Idaho when we did do individual tutoring, it was
suggested that we get an instructor's signature and information about the
student's attendance, etc. as a condition of tutoring.  It was decided
here that that process violated the conditions of privacy under
FERPA.  This extended to information that the instructor might request
about the student's tutoring process as well.  Our interpretation was that
we would have to have signed permission by each student.  That was
definitely too much hassle as well as making the "help and
caring" atmosphere that we wanted as a student academic service center
seem false.

As an aside, we now do not do individual tutoring unless the student is
LD, has special needs or is very much behind others seeking help.  We do
small group tutoring (5 per/group) which we feel makes the students more
likely to participate in the tutoring process and provides them with
four other sources of potential help outside of the tutoring appointment.

        "You can accomplish a lot if you don't care
         who gets credit for it."    Myles Horton

Frankie Craig-Yockey
Assistant Director
Tutoring & Academic Assistance Center
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho  83844-1068
(208)885-7641 or (208)885-6307
email:  [log in to unmask]

On Wed, 11 Oct 2000, Elizabeth Bergman wrote:

> We don't require students to have a signature. We like to have a welcoming
> atmosphere. We want struggling and top students to come to see us. A
> signature would make our learning center seem too remedial; even students
> who need us the most would try to avoid coming. Requiring a signature also
> seems demeaning to the staff at your center.
> feel they can At 08:54 AM 10/10/2000 -0400, you wrote:
> >When I started my job as Tutor Coordinator at Frederick Community College,
> I inherited a system where students who wanted 1:1 tutoring are required to
> first get their instructor's written permission. The reasons given for this
> were that:
> >1. instructors could insure that students were first using department
> resources such as office hours
> >2. students could not use tutoring as a substitute for attending class
> >3. staff could "distinguish those students who are truly in need of
> tutorial services" as the tutoring budget was not bottomless
> >
> >I am taking this issue to our advisory board as I would like to remove
> this stipulation for various reasons. I would welcome any feedback on the
> pros/cons of asking for instructor's signatures. Do any other colleges
> require this for 1:1 tutoring? We don't require signatures for drop-in or
> online tutoring.
> >
> >Thanks for your input.
> >
> >
> >
> >Julie Shattuck
> >Program Manager, Tutorial Services
> >(301) 846 2523
> >[log in to unmask]
> >