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Writing Center Policies

  • Students may make two appointments per day & four max per week. These appointments may not be back-to-back. During the final three weeks of each semester, these limits are tightened to one per day and two max per week.
  • Undergrad appointments are limited to 30 minutes. Graduate appointments are limited to 60 minutes with select consultants (Grad students: email spirescc@udmercy.edu to request).
  • Students arriving 10 minutes late to session will be marked as "no show" and may reschedule if their record of previous no shows is not excessive. During the last 3 weeks of the semester, students will be marked as a no show if late by 3 minutes. 3 missed appointments will lead to account deactivation; in that case, contact spirescc@udmercy.edu to schedule an in-person meeting to discuss.
  • Students are responsible for keeping track of their appointment dates and times.
  • "Blue sheets" for ENL 1300 and 1310 must be signed, stamped, and dated by a consultant to be considered valid.
  • If students are receiving class credit for a visit with us, the session must be about a project for that class.
  • If students haven't registered online before their appointments, they must do so upon arrival.
  • Computer access is for online registration and use of online writing websites. No printing or checking email.
  • Due to space limitations, only students with appointments or those making appointments are permitted in The Writing Center.
  • Students must silence and put away cell phones before their appointments. No texting.
  • Questions should be directed to The Writing Center Coordinator, Cindy Spires, at spirescc@udmercy.edu.
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    How Writing Center sessions work

    In-person appointments: Students come in (Briggs 131) and are actively engaged for 30 minutes with a consultant. How to prepare: Bring your assignment sheet or rubric, your draft, and any other resources (textbook, handouts, etc.) the consultant might need in order to help you.

    Online Appointments: Students are actively engaged for 30 minutes with the consultant. The student is able to paste a draft into our online program and the consultant and student will instant message one another about ways to improve the draft. How to prepare: Have a digital copy of your draft and necessary materials (assignment sheet/rubric, textbook, etc.) with you to refer to during the session.

    To schedule an in-person or online appointment, visit: The Writing Center Website

    For in-person and online appointments, The Writing Center does not provide "drop off" services — all sessions are active engagements between the student and the consultant.

    For questions regarding our services, email The Writing Center Coordinator Cindy Spires at spirescc@udmercy.edu.

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