The University Writing Center exists to help students with the writing process; therefore,
our faculty and graduate consultants assist students in all areas of that process.
They can advise on the following: problems and concerns with 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. Consultants are not responsible for proofreading.
Students should bring the following with them when they arrive for an appointment:
(1) the assignment sheet or topic, (2) writing materials, (3) any writing completed
thus far, and (4) 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 consultant
reserves the right to refuse the session.
The staff of the University Writing Center encourages students to make appointments
two-to-four days prior to being seen. If for some reason the appointment needs to
be canceled, we ask that the student notifies the front desk 24-hours in advance.
All appointments with a University Writing Center consultant must be made by calling,
e-mailing, or stopping by the Center; students cannot make appointments themselves
via SSC Campus. The University Writing Center reserves the right to cancel any appointment
not made directly through the Center itself.
All appointments must be made by the student who will attend the session. Appointments
may not be made by friends or parents.
Sessions are typically thirty minutes in length. ESL students, students with a documented
learning disability, and graduate students can have appointments that extend to an hour,
Students arriving more than ten minutes late forfeit the appointment and are considered
a no-show. Three no-shows during the semester will result in the loss of appointment
scheduling privileges for the current semester.
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, consultants, and/or to other students.
Each dismissal of this kind will count toward the no-show policy.
We reserve the right to terminate a session that is not productive, and we will not
issue verification slips for the appointment.
Consultants also reserve the right to terminate a session if the assignment is due
within two hours of the appointment time.
While the University Writing Center consultants will help with essays and writing
assignments from any class, they are unable to assist students who are working on
take-home or out-of-class exams. Doing so would be considered cheating on said exam.
On occasion the recommendations from a consultant may, for numerous reasons, contradict
those of the professor. In these instances, the policies and procedures of the course
instructor are the default position.
The University Writing Center is not responsible for the final grade on any written
assignment, nor are we responsible for students not implementing and/or incorporating
the consultant's recommendations for any assignment.