SCAA Policies

The SCAA’s policies are in place to ensure that we serve our community efficiently, effectively, and in a manner that abides by CSUEB’s Academic Dishonesty Policy.  Our policies include, but are not limited to:

Expectations for All Students:

  • Student Preparation
    • Bring materials from class (syllabus, textbooks, notes, assignment description, etc.)
    • Identify your problems or questions. Be able to explain how you fwant the SCAA tutor to help you
    • Have a particular goal or objective for each session
  • Communication
    • Check your email and telephone messages regularly for updates from SCAA
    • Update the SCAA if your contact information (phone, e-mail) changes
    • Communicate with the SCAA if you know you’re going to miss an appointment
  • Active Engagement
    • Participate actively and respectfully
    • Be focused; avoid distractions (please, no cell phone use or texting)
    • Tutors will not help with take home exams nor edit, proofread, or do your homework for you
  • Accountability
    • Be on time
    • Log in at the student computer at the reception desk at the start of each session and log out at the end of every session. You’ll be given the opportunity to provide feedback on your session

All Programs:

  1. Homework and Exam Policies:  To abide by CSUEB’s Academic Dishonesty Policies, SCAA tutors cannot directly work on student homework or “[prepare] a written answer to an exam question outside of class” (1.1.5).
  2. Non-Coursework Material:  SCAA Tutors, Writing Associates (WAs), and Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leaders can only work with students on writing assignments and problems associated with a specific course. To participate in sessions associated with course embedded programs, such as the WA Program or the SI Program, you must be a part of a course with a WA or an SI Leader.  The SCAA does not provide assistance for external exams (GMAT, LSAT, etc.) or non-coursework writing such as resumes, scholarship applications, etc.
  3. Assistance with the Writing Skills Test (WST):  SCAA Tutors, Writing Associates (WAs) and Supplemental Instruction (SI Leaders) cannot provide tutoring or SI sessions on the Writing Skills Test (WST).  The SCAA provides WST assistance through in-person workshops, the online WST workshop and our WST Boot Camp.
  4. Student Loss of SCAA Usage:  The SCAA reserves the right to reschedule appointments.  Students may be denied use of SCAA’s programming if the student acts in an inappropriate fashion that makes SCAA employees feel uncomfortable.

Peer Tutoring:

  1. First Come, First Serve Drop-Ins: SCAA’s drop-in writing tutoring services are operated on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Beginning at 8 AM each morning, you must call or come to the SCAA reception desk to “claim” a same-day 30-minute drop-in session.  You may only have one drop-in session per day.  Due to limited availability, we suggest that you call or sign up for a 30-minute session in the morning.  During busy periods, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to see a tutor.
  2. Appointments:  The SCAA offers one-hour appointments in all subjects.  Appointments can be as soon as 48 hours in advance.  You are allowed to have 1 appointment per subject at a time.
  3. Max Writing Drop-Ins and Appointments Per Day:  Due to demand and our emphasis on self-efficacy in writing, we allow only one hour of tutoring per day in writing — 1 appointment or 2 drop-ins.
  4. Cancellation of an Appointment Session:  If you need to cancel an appointment, you will need to contact the SCAA before your appointment.  You are permitted only 3 cancellations during the semester.  If you cancel 4 times, you will be blocked from setting up an appointment.
  5. No Shows for Appointments:  If you fail to show up for an appointment without notifying the SCAA, it is considered a “no-show”.  You are permitted only 3 no-shows during the semester.  If you no-show 4 times, you will be blocked from setting up an appointment.
  6. Blocked Appointments:  If you are blocked from your appointment, you may still use our drop-in or table tutoring system.  Additionally, you can request that the SCAA Director review your blocked appointment.
  7. Proof Sheets:  Proof of visit sheets are available upon request.  The SCAA will only provide proof sheets on the day of your session.  Requests thereafter will be denied.  An alternative to proof sheets is logging into the BayAdvisor and printing out the tutoring attendance record.
  8. Late Arrivals:  Tutors will wait for you up to 10 minutes, after which they may take another student.  You will be marked as a no-show.
  9. Number of Appointments:  You may have 1 appointment per subject at time.  Once you complete your appointment, you may sign up for another appointment.
  10. Accommodations:  If you are a student seeking tutoring accommodations, you must talk to the Director of SCAA.  All accommodation requests are reviewed in collaboration with Accessibility Counselors.  Please allow at least a week for us to process your accommodation request.

Writing Skills Test (WST) Boot Camp:

  1. Qualifications: The WST Boot Camp is a targeted program for undergraduate seniors at CSUEB who have not completed the University Writing Skills Requirement (UWSR).  Graduate students may not participate.