How do I support academic integrity as a tutor?

Academic Integrity and Tutoring on Course Hero

Course Hero’s goal is to help students graduate confident and prepared, and to do so in a way that fully supports the learning process. With this in mind, we require students, tutors, and users to uphold our Honor Code, Copyright Policy, and Terms of Use at all times.

 

Students are expected to be honest learners in their academic career, and tutors are expected to provide factual and original answers and explanations to students’ questions. Both parties are responsible for completing their own original work, and citing referenced ideas and works that are not their own. The focus should always be on learning, and both students and tutors should be active and honest participants in the process to ensure both parties are always operating with integrity.

 

What does Course Hero expect from students?

Students should use Course Hero to learn and gain a stronger comprehension of their coursework. Any question a student asks should align with our Honor Code, Academic Integrity Policy, Copyright Policy, and Terms of Use. Students should never use Course Hero to cheat and should never submit questions that require a tutor to complete an assignment, write a paper, or take a quiz, test, or exam.

 

What does Course Hero expect from tutors?

Tutors should use their knowledge and expertise to help students learn and gain a better understanding of their academic areas of focus. Tutors should do this by authoring correct, helpful, and unique answers and explanations that help students learn. Tutors should never help a student or user cheat in any form or manner.

 

Any answer and explanation a tutor provides must align with our Honor Code, Copyright Policy, and Terms of Use. To do so, tutors must follow the guidelines below at all times:

 

Tutors should never author or complete a full writing assignment for a student

 

This means that tutors should:

  • Never write an essay, research paper, case study, report, or any other writing assignment for a student.

What tutors can do is:

  • Provide guidance on paper planning and research stages, so students can understand how to write their own paper successfully.

 

Tutors should never take a quiz, test, or exam for a student

 

This means that tutors should:

  • Never log into other platforms for students to take online quizzes, tests, exams, or other assessments
  • Never answer questions that are screen captured by a student who is logged into an assessment platform
  • Never answer questions where the student indicates the question(s) are clearly part of a current or future quiz, test, or exam

 

What tutors can do is:

  • Provide answers and explanations that assist a student with understanding and practicing concepts they need to master their course and/or to prepare for future quizzes or exams.

 

Tutors should skip any question that violates the Academic Integrity policies above and flag any question that violates our Honor Code, Copyright Policy, or Terms of Use

 

This means that tutors should:

  • Skip any question that violates our Academic Integrity policies by clicking “Skip Question” and then selecting “Potential Academic Integrity Violation” as the reason
  • Flag any question that violates our copyright policies by clicking the “Flag for Copyright” button

 

Tutors should never plagiarize or violate copyright laws

 

This means that tutors should:

  • Never copy and paste information or text from another source (e.g. website, book) either directly or by paraphrasing
  • Never submit another person's work and claim it as your own, either in part or in full
  • Never copy or re-use answers you authored and submitted on a platform other than Course Hero

What tutors can do is:

 

What happens if a tutor violates Course Hero’s Honor Code, Copyright Policy, or Terms of Use?

Failure or refusal to uphold our Honor Code, Copyright Policy, and Terms of Use, and the best practices outlined above, at all times may result in permanent termination of your Course Hero tutor account and a permanent ban on tutoring on Course Hero in the future. Protecting the integrity of the learning process and our learning platform is of the utmost importance to Course Hero and it is taken very seriously.


If you ever have questions, concerns, or feedback connected to these policies and best practices, please feel free to reach out to us at tutor-support@coursehero.com