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THE WRITING CENTER IS CLOSED FOR THE FALL 2018 TERM. PLEASE CHECK BACK IN JANUARY FOR OUR WINTER 2019 SCHEDULE.

The Writing Center 

is located in Briggs 131. 

Call us at 313-993-1022.

 

Visit our university website for full information about The Writing Center: www.udmercy.edu/twc

 

 

 IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR NOVEMBER 26TH THRU DECEMBER 12TH:

Starting Monday, November 26th, TWC appointment parameters will narrow:

1. one half-hour appointment per day and two half-hour appointments per week maximum;

2. the booking period will narrow to 7 days in advance;

3.  the late arrival policy will shrink to 3 minutes before the appointment is given to a walk-in.

*Please note that graduate students can get one single hour-long appointment for the week (with select consultants); otherwise, graduate students fall under the umbrella rule for the final 3 weeks of the semester (Nov 26-Dec 12). 

***These policies have been posted in TWC and in this landing page (in the policy areas below) since the first day of the fall 2018 semester.***

TWC Policy and Procedures

 

HOW TO DO AN ONLINE APPOINTMENT IN TWC:  1. LOGIN TO OUR SYSTEM USING YOUR NORMAL LOGIN/PASSWORD. 2. CLICK ON YOUR APPOINTMENT (IN THE TIME SLOT YOU BOOKED). 3. WHEN THE APPOINTMENT INFORMATION OPENS, YOU WILL SEE RED TEXT THAT SAYS "start or join online consultation"--CLICK ON THAT.  4. WHEN YOU JOIN THE ONLINE CHAT, YOU WILL SEE A BIG BOX TO THE LEFT THAT IS WHERE YOU CAN PASTE YOUR DRAFT, AND A BOX TO THE RIGHT THAT IS THE "CHAT." THE ONLINE APPOINTMENT IS LIVE, MEANING YOU WILL ACTIVELY ENGAGE WITH THE CONSULTANT, TALKING BACK AND FORTH ABOUT YOUR DRAFT. ONCE THE FULL 30-MINUTE SESSION HAS BEEN COMPLETED, YOU CAN COME IN TO TWC NEXT TIME YOU'RE ON CAMPUS TO GET PROOF OF ATTENDANCE.

 

For the Fall 2018 semester:

1. During the first 12 weeks of the semester, students may make up to TWO 30-minute appointments per day and up to FOUR per week. Students attempting to abuse this policy will have Writing Center priviledges suspended. Modifications to this policy are in effect during the last three weeks of the semester. 

2. Undergrad appointments are limited to 30 minutes. In the first 12 weeks of the semester, undergraduate students can request a 2nd appointment in the same day, but these appointments may not be back-to-back. To schedule a 2nd appt, call or come in to request this from the consultants on duty.

Graduate students have the option of one 60 minute, in-person appointment per day with select consultants only OR up to two 30-minute appointments (not back-to-back) per day with any consultant. Graduate students interested in hour-long appointments should do the following: 1. book a 30-minute appt in the time slot of choice, then 2. email Writing Center Coordinator, Cindy Spires, at spirescc@udmercy.edu requesting to extend. Lastly, 3. be specific about the half hour time slot to extend into and provide a minimum of 48-hours to do this. No last-minute requests will be authorized; in those cases, single half hour appts will stand as-is.  **Modifications to this policy are in effect during the last three weeks of the semester.** Hour-long sessions for graduate students are only available to be booked with Cindy or Stuart.

All appointments, including online, are interactive between the student and the consultant FOR A FULL 30-MINUTE SESSION. Students are advised to come prepared to work and learn both in person and in the online session environment. There is no "drop off" service either in person or online at the UDM Writing Center. Consultants do not proofread or edit papers for students; instead, we assist students with stages of the writing process in order to learn (over time) how to improve in terms of writing conventions, including grammar and punctuation.

 

*Students can book appointments up to two-weeks in advance except during the final three weeks of the semester, which will be adjusted to one week in advance. No exceptions to this will be made.


3.   LATE APPOINTMENTS & MISSED APPOINTMENTS: During the first 12 weeks of the semester, Students arriving 10 minutes after their scheduled time will have their missed appointment documented in the system, and the appointment will be forfeited. The appointment will be recorded as "missed." After 3 missed appointments, students will be locked out of the system and will have to contact the Writing Center Coordinator in person (Briggs 131) in order to request account reactivation. Starting the last 3 weeks of the semester: a 3-minute late period will be in effect. This means if a student has not arrived by 3 minutes after the start time of the appointment, it will be marked as missed & will be given to a walk-in; this applies to online appointments as well. Please arrive on time for appointments: in-person & online. Students whose accounts are frozen due to 3 missed appointments will have to contact TWC Coordinator, Cindy Spires, to request an in-person discussion and resolution (email: spirescc@udmercy.edu or tel: 313-993-1022)


4. Students - not Consultants - are responsible for keeping track of the date and time of their appointments and how many appointments they have had.

5. Appointment records are kept via the online program and on "blue sheets." Blue sheets must be initialed or signed + stamped by a Writing Center Consultant to be considered valid by an instructor. Students attempting to abuse the proof of attendance system the Writing Center uses will have priviledges suspended. STAMPS WILL NOT BE PROVIDED FOR SESSIONS THAT DO NOT LAST THE FULL 30 MINUTES, SO PLEASE COME PREPARED!

6. Appointments are available for matriculated UDM students for UDM classes. This means that only students who are currently enrolled in UDM classes are permitted to use the Writing Center.  Additionally, the consultation session MUST be about a project or assignment for a current UDM class. We are sorry, but we are unable to offer services to non-UDM students or non-enrolled alumni at this time.

7. If you have not registered on the website prior to your appointment, you must do so before your appointment begins so your visit can be properly logged into the system.

8. Students may only access the computers in order to schedule appointments. NO PRINTING or checking e-mail.

9. Due to space limitations, only students with appointments or those making an appointment are permitted in the center. Because of the nature of our small space, please keep noise at a minimum when in the Writing Center; therefore, no listening to music or watching videos in the center without headphones that mute the sound enough so that others aren't disturbed. Thank you!

10. Please turn your phone off before your consultation.  There is also no food permitted during sessions. 

11. To schedule TWC workshops, call or come in. Let the Consultants know which TWC Workshop you want to sign up for. Provide your UDmercy.edu email address. Space is limited. On-time arrival the day of the Workshop is expected. See Policies posted in TWC for full information.

 

www.udmercy.edu/twc

ATTN: During the last 3 weeks of the semester, The Writing Center will have the following limits on the scheduling of appointments:

Undergraduates are limited to one 30-minute session per day, up to two per week.

Graduate students are limited to one hour long session OR two 30-minute sessions on different days.

 

 


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