Eligibility for Recognition
They must help out at at least two functions. They must email or phone their Mentee to initiate an initial contact. They must take a proactive interest in their Mentee's adjustment to university life.
Responsible Alcohol Drinking
Alcohol is a part of Australian culture, and students studying at UNSW will have to learn how they are going to interact at social events. Some people may choose to avoid any situation where alcohol is served due to religious reasons. Others will choose to consume non-alcoholic drinks. A few people will over indulge, often leading them to regret the situation later. As a Mentor, we hope that you will introduce your Mentee to a responsible approach.
Alcohol may only be served to mentees by someone with an RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) licence. If you intend to take mentees to a licensed venue, you must first establish their age.
Also, please establish whether the mentee is intending to drive a few hours after having alcohol.
During the Session
Mentors will be required to meet their Mentee several times during the session. Various events will be held and it is expected that Mentors will attend most or all events.
Do Not Give Program Advice
The Federal Government has introduced the ESOS Act which covers many area's of Overseas Student Education. The relevant section here requires accuracy in advertising. From this, Mentors must be careful to never advise another student or prospective student on what they can study as part of their degree at UNSW. Mentors can talk about what they have studied themselves, or even what a friend has done. But when a Mentor starts a sentence with "you can study" it becomes Program Advice. Wording it as "I have studied" is much safer. Program structure and offered Courses may have changed with out you knowing, so what you may think is possible may no longer the case. If you do give out incorrect Program Advice, you, CSE and UNSW may be legally liable.
Do Not Give Academic Assistance
The CSE guideline on Cheating is that the Cheat gets 0% for the course, and the supplier of an assignment gets 0% for that assignment. Mentors should not give academic advice. This would put pressure on them, and may cross the line of cheating. Also, there could be dire ramifications if the solutions a Mentor gave to their Mentee were incorrect! Refer the Mentee to their lecturer or tutor for consultation times.
A CSE Mentor May Be Asked About and Should Know About:
- Food outlets
- Toilet locations
- Recommend talks & Seminars
- Industrial Training Requirements (if degree mandates)
- COMP1511 Lecture Times and Locations
- CSE Cheating Policy
- How to set up and/or forward UNSW email
- How to read UNSW email at home
- CSE opportunities, such as:
- ACM Programming Competition
- Taste of Research Scholarships