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PCI and Blocked Email Messages

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS v2.0) is a standard that has been accepted by all major credit card companies and most credit providers. It is a standard that we must abide by if we are to accept credit cards as a form of payment. PCI DSS is broken into 12 requirements; each focusing on a different domain of security.

While PCI DSS is not an actual law, it is a standard enforced by the credit card industry, and the banks have stated and upheld the policy that they will no longer accept business from non-PCI compliant merchants. The government has used the PCI DSS as a yardstick by which they have measured such regulations as Gram-Leach-Bliley, Sarbanes-Oxley, and most recently the drafting of the Data Accountability and Trust Act.

We employ a device called a Barracuda here at Middlebury which helps us prevent SPAM from flooding our email system. Just shy of a year ago this system was updated to enable it to filter on cardholder information. By default this feature was turned on. We have left this enabled and have begun reporting on these blocked messages and alerting the senders of outbound messages.  The Barracuda is intended to serve both as a SPAM filter and a compliance tool.

Becoming a Peer Writing Tutor or FYS Mentor

Students are invited to become Peer Writing Tutors or FYS Mentors if they have been nominated for the Ward Prize (for writing the best First-Year paper) or if they have been specifically requested by a faculty member to work with a first-year seminar or a college writing course.

New Peer Writing Tutors and FYS Mentors are paid ($8.70 an hour), and the Writing Program and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research provide them with all the training they need. All new tutors attend an organizational meeting and five training sessions. All experienced tutors attend an organizational meeting and two additional training sessions. Information about FYS Mentor training will be published here this summer.

Peer Writing Tutors

provide drop-in tutoring in the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research (room 225) in the Davis Family Library and assist in college writing courses.

As a tutor, you may select the areas (depending on availability) in which you would most like to work: classroom, drop-in library tutoring.

First-Year Seminar Mentors For Academics and Writing

assist in first-year seminars.

The First-Year Seminar Mentor for Academics and Writing serves as a mentor and writing tutor for first-year students, assisting them with writing and oral presentation skills, time and project management, and pre-advising during Banner registration. The Mentor can work with students individually or in groups, either during class time or outside of class, for up to 60 hours over the course of the semester.  The Mentors will be trained, supervised, and paid by CTLR.

Useful links

  • Peer Writing Tutor Guidelines
  • Working in a Class
  • Writing Guides
  • Working as a CTLR Drop-in Tutor
  • Getting Paid
  • Click here if you have questions.