Our Policy on Proofreading
The purpose of the Writing Center is to help you become a better writer. We’re here to help you at all stages of the writing process, including brainstorming, thesis development, organization, integrating quotations, citing sources, grammar and mechanics, and proofreading and editing. We work with students from all majors and at all levels of ability. You may bring us a paper in any subject — or even a writing project from outside of school. Although Writing Center tutors cannot proofread your essay for you, or correct all of your technical errors, they can:
- Help you at any stage of the writing process.
- Work through your paper with you.
- Help you to develop your ability to organize, write, and revise your own writing.
- Advise you of patterns of error in your writing.
- Help you recognize and fix common errors on your own.
Technical concerns in your writing will not be ignored. If a tutor notices a pattern of error, he or she will call your attention to that error and help you correct it. Our ultimate goal is to help you improve your own writing and revision skills.
Our No-Show Policy
A client who fails to keep an appointment in the Writing Center prevents other clients from receiving the help they need. In order to limit “no shows” in the Writing Center, we have instituted the following policy:
- The first time in a given semester that a client fails to cancel an appointment through WCOnline, or misses an appointment without calling or emailing the Writing Center, an email alert will be sent to him or her.
- The second time in that same semester that the client fails to cancel an appointment through WCOnline, or misses an appointment without calling or emailing the Writing Center, he or she will be blocked from making any additional appointments for the remainder of that semester.
If there are special circumstances you would like us to consider if this policy is applied to you, please call us at 262-551-5755.