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Hi Listers,



We took out tutors' names and contact info off of our website for the same reason that Robert did.  About five years ago one of our tutors was faced with EXACTLY the same scenario.  This person said they had a grandson who was coming to the US and needed tutoring.  They wanted to buy X number of hours in advance and send a check for X number of dollars.  When the check arrived it was for much more than the amount it should have been, the person wanted out tutor to cash the check and then send him back the amount of the overpayment.  A brief description of this scam is at http://seekyt.com/tutors-beware-the-check-overpayment-scam/.



Our tutor also saw this as dubious and told the party she was no longer interested in the job.  BUT, he didn't give up.  He would call her up to 30 times a day, at all hours of the night, and demand that she send him a check.  We called our campus police in, but they said they couldn't do anything because the guy had not made any threats.  So she endured this for a while longer before he finally stopped.



I'm not suggesting that you don't post tutor info and pictures on your site (I LOVE seeing those smiling faces when I visit your websites), but PLEASE warn your tutors about this particular scam.

Best,
Saundra



Saundra McGuire, Ph.D.

(Ret) Assistant Vice Chancellor  & Professor of Chemistry

Director Emerita, Center for Academic Success

Louisiana State University











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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Russell, Robert A.
Sent: Monday, April 06, 2015 10:26 AM
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Subject: Re: tutoring outside of the college's tutoring program



We have a Private Tutors referral list where tutors/students can add their contact information and the subjects they tutor. Any tutor/student can be on the list, even tutors who are currently working for me. We only ask that they donšt offer their services on days/times when free services are available in our center for the same subject. Also, I only give out the Private Tutors list by request; we used to have it posted on our website, but two tutors from the list were approached with some sketchy, possible scam-related offers, so now we track who wešve given it to.



We have a statement that was vetted by our university counsel at the top of the list, and on our website:



NOTE:  The Private Tutors list is provided as a service of the Center for Academic Achievement at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). ETSU  assumes no responsibility for assuring that private tutors meet certain  qualifications.  ETSU is not responsible for any issues, problems, or concerns that may arise between private tutors and clients. This listing  service is not intended to represent any private tutor as preferred or as having attained any special recognition from ETSU. Clients are responsible for negotiating and paying private tutors directly; ETSU assumes no responsibility for determining private tutoring costs, or for  the payment of private tutors.





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423-439-7111/7115

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On 4/6/15, 10:58 AM, "Patrick Patterson" <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>

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>Hi there!

>

>It appears our "policy" is a bit different from everyone else's

>(though, I wouldn't call it a policy necessarily, as it isn't written anywhere).

>We do allow our tutors to provide private tutoring outside of our

>office, even to students who are receiving tutoring through our office.

>Because we provide individual tutoring only to students who meet

>certain eligibility requirements and only for a certain amount of hours

>a week, we allow our tutors to provide individual tutoring to any

>student who reaches out to them. (For example, even if we've approved a

>student for 2 hours a week of individual tutoring, but that student is

>interested in more hours that we are unable to provide for some reason

>-- we will encourage them to work directly with their tutor to pay for

>those additional hours.) Our budget isn't small, but is heavily focused

>on providing many opportunities for group and lab tutoring; as a

>result, we are unable to offer large amounts of individual tutoring. And while we!

>

>  do push students to these group and lab options, some are more

>comfortable with one-on-one tutoring and, in those cases, we have no

>problem with our tutors providing further support for a fee if the

>student reaches out to them. We will even offer names of tutors of ours

>who offer private tutoring to students who are not eligible to receive

>that tutoring free from our office.

>

>Thanks!

>

>Patrick D. Patterson, M.Ed.

>Learning Specialist

>Academic Support Office

>Southern California University of Health Sciences

>16200 Amber Valley Drive, Whittier CA 90604

>Phone: (562) 947-8755 (ext. 565)

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>Subject: tutoring outside of the college's tutoring program

>

>Good Morning, Everyone!

>

>Do any of you have a policy on your tutors tutoring (for extra income)

>outside of your college's tutoring program?  If so, what are the details?

>

>Danna Baggett

>Apache Tutoring

>Tutoring Services, Director

>903-510-3114

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