Mentor-Scholar Communication Policy
The Mentor-Scholar Program has a strict policy concerning appropriate and responsible communication between college mentors and district participant mentees (students). The policy is to be followed as listed below:
“There is to be no contact or communication between mentors and mentees outside of sanctioned Mentor-Scholar events which will not extend beyond the period that SUNY Oswego classes are in session. The communication referenced above includes but is not limited to: face-to-face conversations, digital correspondence, messages exchanged via social media, and hand-written letters.”
This policy has been enacted to protect the physical and emotional well-being of all Mentor-Scholar participants. Both parties have agreed to a limited commitment and other meetings beyond the time specified are not the liability or responsibility of Mentor-Scholar. This policy is to remind all that district participants are minors and the appropriate contact that takes place during Mentor-Scholar sanctioned events has been established with parent consent.
For questions pertaining to any of this policy or its purpose, please contact Scott Ball, Mentor-Scholar Program Coordinator.
The Mentor-Scholar Program has a firm policy for mentor program dismissal, or the prohibiting of continuation, to protect the integrity of all district participants (mentees), undergraduates, and the program in its collective. The criteria outlined below specifies what are the grounds for a mentor to be prohibited from enrolling or continuing in the Mentor-Scholar Program. The Program Coordinator has the ability to excuse or exempt a mentor from any of the criteria detailed below pending explanation of circumstances.
Grounds for mentor dismissal or the prohibiting of continuation are, but not limited to:
- Inappropriate conduct: any conduct that is deemed inappropriate by the Student Code of Conduct for SUNY Oswego undergraduates, as well as, student code of conduct as outlined by district hosts.
- Failure to complete required course assignments/trainings:
- If mentors are not completing academic assignments they are not engaging in assignments/trainings/activities which will better train them to support their district participant and therefore, are unfit to be a mentor.
- All mentors are expected to be positive role models and personify a commitment to academic excellence which can be passed onto district participants.
- Frequent absences: Mentor-Scholar is a program that is built upon mentor and mentee relationships. If one of these parties is consistently absent, there will be great difficulty in establishing an effective relationship and providing academic support.
- Violating Mentor-Scholar Communication Policy.