Policies

Who We Serve
Maximum of One Appointment Per Day and Two Appointments Per Week
Maximum Appointment Length of 45 Minutes
Reserving Appointments
Expectation for Coming Prepared and on Time
No-Shows
Cancellations
Bring a Hard Copy of Your Writing with You
Policy against Composing, Proofreading, or Editing Students' Work
Appropriate Behavior
Take Home Exams
Distance Tutoring


Who We Serve

We serve students and faculty in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences and the Laney Graduate School (LGS). We can also meet with writers from other schools/divisions if they are working on assignments for courses in the College or LGS. Because we have more demand than we are able to meet from students in the College and LGS (who provide our funding), we are not able to serve students from other schools/divisions. For other writing support services on campus, click here.

We serve any major.

Though we indicate our tutors' majors on our About Us page, each tutor is trained to consult with you no matter what type of writing you might bring to the EWC. While some tutors may not be as familiar with the standards for writing in your discipline, they are all interested listeners who know a lot about writing generally, and can help you figure out how to best write to your audience and genre.

Students who are currently enrolled in an ESL-supported section of American Studies 201, English 101, English 123, or English 221 or who plan to take one of those courses next semester are encouraged to see ESL tutors, as they are specifically trained to support students in ESL Program courses. To learn more about ESL tutoring or to make an appointment, please visit tinyurl.com/eslemory.

Maximum of One Appointment Per Day and Two Appointments Per Week

Writers are not allowed to have more than one appointment per day or two appointments per week. A walk-in appointment counts as one appointment. This policy is to ensure that we can serve all of the writers who want to schedule appointments and to prevent writers from relying too heavily on our services. One of our goals is to empower students to take greater ownership of their writing; we do not want to foster overdependence. Writers who disregard this policy will receive one written warning and then will be blocked from making appointments for the rest of the semester (and for the first month of the following semester if the offense occurs near the end of the semester).

Maximum Appointment Length of 45 Minutes

Our regular tutoring appointments are 45 minutes in length for good reasons:

  • Longer appointments become unproductive as tutors and writers become tired and as writers become overwhelmed with the amount of material discussed.
  • We absolutely need the fifteen minutes between sessions for writers and tutors to complete important paperwork. We need this paperwork for accurate record keeping and in order to get feedback from writers that enables us to improve our service.

The 45 minute limit policy will be strictly enforced by all tutors. For longer projects that may benefit from more than 45 minutes of conferencing, we ask that writers schedule an additional appointment on a different date.

Reserving Appointments

Clients must register with WCOnline to make Emory Writing Center appointment reservations.  Clients must use their Emory email address to register with WCOnline.  Clients may have one WCOnline account only. Duplicate WCOnline accounts will be deactivated. For a full list of WCOnline policies and procedures, please click here.

Appointments may be reserved up to 14 days prior to the appointment date.  We do not permit writers to make appointments more than 14 days in advance to reduce the amount of no-show appointments.  If writers cannot make their scheduled appointments on time, we ask that they cancel their appointments as far in advance as possible.

Expectation for Coming Prepared and on Time

Writers must be punctual and will lose their scheduled appointments and be counted as no-shows if they arrive more than ten minutes late. In addition to a hard copy of their papers, writers should come prepared by bringing a hard copy of their assignment instructions, any other relevant writing (notes, research), and a plan for what they want to work on.

No-Shows

Writers are responsible for canceling their appointments via our online appointment system, WCOnline. If a writer fails to show up for a scheduled appointment and has not cancelled the appointment on WCOnline, he/she will be counted as a "no-show." Writers who arrive more than 10 minutes late for an appointment will also be counted as no-shows. If a writer is a no-show two times, he/she will automatically be blocked from making appointments for the rest of the semester (and for the first month of the following semester if the offense occurs near the end of the semester). Writers who are blocked from making WCOnline appointments are also prohibited from having walk-in appointments. Many students who want appointments at the Writing Center cannot get them. Failing to show up for appointments without canceling them in a timely manner is discourteous and disrespectful to one's fellow students. This policy will therefore be strictly enforced.

Cancellations

Writers are expected to cancel their appointments as far in advance as possible, so those appointments become available for other students. Writers must use WCOnline (the Writing Center's online appointment system) to cancel their appointments. WCOnline will not allow writers to cancel an appointment less than one hour before its scheduled start time. If a writer does not show for his/her appointment and fails to cancel that appointment one or more hours before the start time, that writer will be considered a "no-show." See our no-show policy for more details.

Bring a Hard Copy of Your Writing with You

If writers lack a hard copy, they will be asked to print one using the EaglePrint station in the Writing Center. Exceptions include media that by their nature cannot be printed: websites, videos, and audio recordings. (In that case, we welcome working from writers' laptops.) If those media are accompanied by a paper, writers must still bring in a hard copy of the paper.

Policy against Composing, Proofreading, or Editing Students' Work

In accordance with the Emory Honor Code, EWC tutors will not write work for other students. Writing includes composing, revising, proofreading, and editing. Instead, tutors work with writers to discuss strategies and resources. It is not a violation of academic integrity for a writer to generate ideas based on a conversation with a tutor or for a tutor to model revision or editing with a short passage.

Appropriate Behavior

We ask that writers respect tutors, other writers, and the EWC space. If a writer harasses another person in the Writing Center, exhibits violent behavior, or deliberately damages EWC property, he/she will be asked to leave and will be suspended from using the EWC.

Take Home Exams

We only work on take home exams when the writer provides written permission from his/her instructor granting permission to receive peer feedback.

Distance Tutoring

Distance tutoring appointments are reserved for students who are living or working outside of the Atlanta metropolitan area. For example, undergraduates studying abroad, students taking online classes, or graduate students conducting research outside of the state could request distance tutoring appointments. For local students registered with Access, Disability Services, and Resources (ADSR), we can schedule distance appointments if it helps to meet accommodation needs. 

Contact us at writingcenter@emory.edu to request a distance tutoring appointment if you think that you qualify. Please include your availability, your location and time zone, and a note about your request. Once you have scheduled an appointment, upload your document.

Please note that this is a pilot program. Should you qualify, we will make every effort to schedule a tutoring session, but we cannot guarantee appointment availability.