My Responsibilities as a Participant

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  • You will attend class regularly. Your academic mentor can help you review and work through trouble spots but cannot serve as a substitute teacher.
  • You will check your email regularly after signing up and respond to your academic mentor in a timely manner.
  • You will not expect academic mentors to be "on-call" or perform a miracle for you at the last minute, e.g., the night before a paper is due or before an exam. Please set up appointments ahead of time, preferably with at least 48 hours' notice.
  • You will make every effort to keep your appointments with your academic mentor and arrive at sessions on time.
  • You will respect your academic mentor's time and contact him or her ahead of time if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment. Remember that your academic mentors are full-time students as well and may have another part-time job, and that there are other mentees who also need their help.
  • You will participate and give your full attention during sessions.
  • You will do your homework and read your assignments before coming to the tutoring session. You will not expect your academic mentor to complete assignments or take-home exams for you. Your academic mentor will help you with your assignments by giving you examples and providing concepts and formulas. The work that you turn in must be your own.
  • You will ask appropriate questions to seek clarification when your academic mentor's explanation is not immediately clear to you.
  • You will immediately report any suspected or alleged instances of wrongdoing or misconduct or concerns about inappropriate service provisions and practices by any academic mentor to the program director. For emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call Western Michigan University's Department of Public Safety at (269) 387-5555.