DAI Protocol for Tutor-Student Contacts

Tutors at DAI are acknowledged practitioners and researchers, active and thriving in a multitude of art and research contexts. For their contributions to the DAI's curriculum they have been contracted and paid as free-lancers, either directly by the DAI or by the DAI's knowledge partners. As such DAI tutors work within well-defined, limited time frames.

Discussions and conversations between (a) student(s) and (a)tutor(s) take place within the given time frame of the DAI Weeks (or, in the case of the face-to-face meetings between second year students and theory tutors, during a limited number of online contacts which have been scheduled).

Tutors are not remunerated for, and can thus not be expected to engage in debates or dialogues with students outside of the given frame, not via e-mail nor otherwise.

If a discourse during a specific DAI Week needs continuation, this must be organized for the next DAI Week. Of course, students and tutors are welcome to send out mails in preparation of the next DAI Week as long as it is clear that tutors cannot be asked to spend more time than the communication around the next session requires.

If a tutor decides to engage in a discussion outside of the time frame that has been agreed upon (between the DAI and that/those tutor(s)) this must be considered a private matter.

A potential conflict between (a) student(s) and (a)tutor(s) that cannot be dealt with in the contextual frame nor the given time frame of the specific COOP study group or HTDTWT seminar and is in need of a prompt conclusion, must be shared with the senior coordinators, Nikos Doulos (COOP, Planetary Campus) or Florian Göttke (HTDTWT), who will try to find a solution, so that all can positively engage with the next DAI Week’s schedule. If necessary, they will consult with Gabriëlle Schleijpen (director). A hearing between all involved can be considered, but only if it is clear that, even after mediation from the part of the coordinator, the normal resuming of work relations has become very difficult.

If (a) tutor(s) has been informed by a specific student that they are in need of pastoral, medical or psychological care or of social support from the part of the institution, the tutor will contact Gabriëlle directly ( alternatively: the tutor advises the student to contact Gabriëlle directly), during or, if necessary, outside of (a) DAI Week. She will take over responsibility from the tutor(s) who is than asked to refrain from further involvement in the matter at hand. See also our page about rights, care and support.

When (a)student(s) and (a)tutor(s) decide to meet privately, outside of the context of the DAI’s program, the DAI expects them to refrain from any form of intimacy that risks to be deformed by the uneven power balance between (a) student(s) and (a)tutor(s) and/or risks to unsettle the trustworthiness and transparency of the relations within the DAI's larger learning community. It goes without words that this expectation also applies for contacts happening within the context of the DAI-Week! In case of any conflict of interests the DAI will hold the tutor(s) accountable for not respecting this guideline.The DAI aims for non-oppressive student-tutor relations. The dignity of our students is thereby leading.