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The Writing Center

The Writing Center

Policies

 
 
  • Assistance is available to FGCU students.
  • Writing consultants will work only with the writer - no exceptions.
  • Please bring your assignment in the form of a hard copy, a digital copy on a flash drive or online, or as a saved document on a laptop computer. We can better assist you if you also bring in the assignment guidelines and rubric.
  • The Writing Center staff does not assist students with exams, take-home or otherwise.
  • Sessions are available on a walk-in basis and by appointment. Walk-in and appointment sessions are thirty minutes.  To register and make an appointment, click here.  For a walk-in, visit the Writing Center, and you will be registered and given an estimate for when your session will take place.  Often, this will be right away.    
  • Final appointment and walk-in sessions begin thirty minutes before closing. If you arrive at the Writing Center thirty minutes before closing and all Writing Consultants are assisting students, you will need to return at a different time. Allow sufficient time to revise before the assignment is due.  Visiting the Writing Center at least twenty-four hours in advance of the assignment due date is recommended.
  • Students who miss an appointment without cancelling will have to wait one month before utilizing our appointment service (although you will still be able to visit the Writing Center for walk-ins). 
  • The writer is an active participant in the session. Our goal is to help you improve your overall skills rather than merely working on one specific paper. Our consultants provide strategies and guidance to help students become more effective writers. We are not a proofreading or editing service. However, we can assist with proofreading and editing strategies that help you learn to recognize and correct grammatical errors independently.
  • Writers who do not understand an assignment should speak with their professors prior to visiting the Writing Center. If you do not have a clear understanding of the assignment in question, the writing consultant will recommend that you contact your professor immediately. 
  • Writing consultants may offer suggestions for revision based on a professor's comments, but they will not predict, explain, or assess the validity of the grade on a paper. Consultants will encourage writers to take questions regarding grades directly to their professors.
  • Students are limited to two sessions in a single day. 
  • Back-to-back sessions are not permitted.  This policy allows writers time to revise and other students the opportunity to work with a consultant.  If you have a lengthier assignment and would like to request extra time, contact the Writing Center at writing@fgcu.edu or call us at (239) 590-7141.  Back-to-back walk-in sessions may be considered if no other students are waiting for assistance.  
  • Online sessions are reserved for students in online classes and for students who cannot come to the Writing Center during our hours of operation. Please allow 48 hours (not including weekends or holidays) for a Writing Consultant to respond.  Students are asked to wait at least 24 hours and revise before re-submitting an assignment for an online consultation. 
  • Unless you are utilizing one of the Writing Center computers, we ask that you work in the library or another space once you have completed your session so we can best assist other students.
  • During sessions, students are asked to refrain from using their cellphones.
  • Students are expected to respect others at the Writing Center.  Individuals who fail to follow the directions of the staff or who engage in unacceptable behavior such as academic dishonesty or disruptive conduct may be asked to leave and/or be subject to disciplinary action by the University.
  • All visitors to the Writing Center are expected to follow the FGCU Student Code of Conduct, which can be found here.