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Policies & Procedures

Below are the policies and procedures associated with the Writing Center.

Appointment Policy
Referral Policy
Proofreading vs. Editing Skills Policy
Other Policies

Appointment Policy

To get assistance from a writing tutor, appointments made in advance are required although walk-in visits are welcome if a tutor is available. Appointments can be scheduled on-line or in person. It is strongly recommended that appointments are scheduled several days before the writing project is due. 

A consultee may visit the Writing Center assistance with any writing project and at any point in the writing process. 

Each consultee can schedule ONE conference per day and THREE per week. After their visit they may reschedule another if time allows. If you predict you will need more time please contact the Writing Center Coordinator at barto148@umn.edu.

Once the appointment is made, a consultee is expected to maintain that schedule. If an emergency arises that prevents you from maintaining the schedule, please cancel or re-schedule it the day before your appointment, so that other students can use the time slot. Missing two scheduled conferences in one semester will result in losing your privilege to use the online sign-up system. You may still use walk-in services.

All tutorial sessions will last up to 30 minutes, beginning at 9 a.m. until 6:00 pm Monday through Thursday. The Writing Center closes at 4:30 p.m. on Fridays.

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Referral Policy

The Career and Counseling Department provides assistance to students seeking employment upon graduation. In addition, it offers assistance with formatting and reviewing resumes, cover letters, and graduate school applications, and offers several sample documents for student use. Although the Writing Center is completely capable of working with students with writing of this kind, students may sometimes be referred to the Career and Counseling Services Department so as to benefit from the additional assistance offered there.

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Proofreading vs. Editing Skills Policy

The Writing Center does not copy-edit, proofread, or “correct” a student’s paper.  Tutors will, however, assist students in acquiring the necessary skills to proofread for their particular pattern of errors so that students can edit their own work.

Tutors can assist students with any stage of the writing process, from pre-writing to the final stages of revision. They can help consultees with grammar, but they will not make any changes on a paper; nor will they edit a paper for the student.

Tutors do not write papers on students’ behalf.

Tutors do not engage in excessive collaboration that will result in the loss of students' original voice and style.

Tutors do not suggest a grade, make corrections, or rewrite students' work.

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Other Policies

For an appointment to be most productive, students are expected, when they come for help with writing assignments, to bring copies of the instructor's original assignment, the current draft, and specific questions relating to any of the stages of the writing process that may be causing difficulty.

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