Writing Home at The University of West Georgia
University of West Georgia
- Students may be dismissed from the University Writing Center if they exhibit behavior that disrupts the learning environment of others. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, speaking disrespectfully to the staff, tutors, and/or to other students. Each dismissal of this kind will count toward the no show policy (see below).
- We reserve the right to terminate a tutorial that is not productive and we will not issue verification slips for these tutorials.
- You may not have an appointment within two hours of the essay submission deadline.
- The staff of the Writing Center encourages students to make appointments for tutoring two to four days prior to the day and time desired. If for some reason students cannot keep their appointments, we ask that they cancel them 24 hours in advance so that others may be scheduled. If the student does not cancel 24 hours in advance (i.e., cancels in the 24 hours leading up to the appointment) then they are considered a no-show. For a student who makes an appointment for the same day, appointments must be cancelled 1 hour before the tutorial. Three no-shows during the semester will result in the loss of appointment scheduling privileges for that semester.
- While walk-ins are welcome and can often be accommodated, we cannot guarantee that an instructor or professor will be free; of course, students with appointments will receive priority over walk-ins.
- Tutoring sessions are for thirty minutes; appointments for additional tutoring can be scheduled should students require further assistance. ESL appointments and appointments for anyone with a documented learning disability last for one hour.
- Students arriving more than ten minutes late forfeit the appointment and are considered a no-show.
- Students should bring the following with them when they arrive for an appointment: the assignment sheet or topic; writing materials; pen and paper; the text(s) on which the assignment is based; and, if students are unable to formulate a list of ideas, an outline, topic notes, free writing, a thesis, or a rough draft, they must have, at the minimum, an agenda that enumerates or articulates the tasks to be accomplished during the session. If a student does not have anything to work on, the Writing Center and the tutor reserve the right to refuse the tutorial.
- The Writing Center exists to help students with the writing process. Therefore, our instructors and professors tutor students in all areas of that process, for example: with problems and concerns about developing a thesis, organizing essays and structuring paragraphs, writing effective sentences, incorporating transitions, addressing issues relevant to plagiarism, and any number of additional elements involved in the writing process. Tutors cannot be responsible for proofreading.
- To prevent excessive collaboration between students and tutors, the UWC will not permit more than one visit per tutor per assignment. That is, if you work with Tutor X on your first essay, you not be able to have another appointment with Tutor X until your second essay.
- On occasion the recommendations and instruction students receive in the Writing Center may, for numerous reasons, contradict those of their classroom teacher. In these instances, the policies and procedures of the course instructor are the default position.