Writing Center Policies

  • During the first 12 weeks of the semester, students may make two, half-hour appointments per day & four max per week. These appointments may not be back-to-back. Students must request any appointments beyond one per day; to do this, contact any TWC consultant (313-993-1022 or come in to Briggs 131). During the final three weeks of each semester, these limits are tightened to one half-hour appointment per day and two half-hour appointments max per week. *Grad students are limited to a single hour-long appointment per week during the final three weeks of the term (with select consultants, by request), or can have up to two half-hour appointments on separate days like undergrads.
  • Undergrad appointments are limited to 30 minutes. Graduate appointments are limited to 60 minutes with select consultants; grad students can have single, half-hour appointments with any TWC consultant (Grad students: email spirescc@udmercy.edu to request a 60-min. appt).
  • During the term, students arriving 5 minutes late to sessions will be marked as "no show" and may reschedule if their record of previous no shows is not excessive. This will lead to forfeiture of the remainder of the original appointment to potential walk-ins; missed appointments cannot be rescheduled in the same day during the last 3 weeks of the semester. At any point in the semester, 3 missed appointments will lead to automatic 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 1300/1310 and all other courses across the curriculum must be signed, stamped, and dated by a consultant to be considered valid. Any student found to be academically dishonest in the use of blue sheets will lose TWC privileges and is subject to administrative action from his or her home college. 
  • 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.