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Frequently Asked Questions


What if I cannot get an appointment online?

Your best bet is to keep checking our schedule. Students are required to cancel their appointments 3 hours beforehand, so appointments frequently open up throughout the day. You can also stop by at 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, for our drop-in appointments. A sign-up sheet for these appointments becomes available at 6 p.m. each night.

I've been restricted from the Writing Center. What does that mean?

You can be restricted from using the online appointments system, or restricted from using our drop-in appointments, or both. You will receive an email saying you have been restricted from using the online scheduler if you missed a scheduled appointment, or cancelled it few than 3 hours beforehand, or have ignored important policies regarding usage of the Writing Center. With this restriction, you may no longer schedule advance appointments. However, you can continue to use our drop-in hours (6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday). Additionally, if you notice an appointment that has remained open, you may show up in person at that time to enroll in the slot. However, you cannot enroll yourself in this appointment in advance--you must wait to make sure no one else has signed up for it.

You will also receive an email if you put your name down on the drop-in appointment sheet and either missed the appointment or came back later to cancel it (i.e., crossed your name off the sheet). If that is the case, you will no longer be allowed to use the drop-in appointment system, but you may continue to use the online appointment system (from 10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday).

If you have been restricted from both online and drop-in appointments, you may still take advantage of unenrolled slots, as explained above.

Why are you guys so harsh?

Please understand that the Writing Center has very limited resources: our tutors are stretched thin, and consequently, we cannot accommodate the vast demand for our services from Brandeis students. By the third week of the semester, every appointment tends to be booked days in advance. In order to maximize our utility to the campus, we need to ensure that we limit our offerings to students who have adhered to our policies reliably. We thus felt it necessary to change from a two-strike to a one-strike attendance policy in 2011 because too many students were missing appointments knowing that there would be no immediate repercussions. When we impose restrictions it is not personal; we do so to ensure that appointment slots are not wasted and we can serve as many students as possible. 

How do I remove a restriction?

We maintain an ongoing record of restricted students, and these restrictions, once in place, last for the duration of the semester in which they were incurred. If this is the first time you have been restricted, and it was due to an emergency situation or an unforeseen conflict, you may petition the Writing Center directors (email writingcenter@brandeis.edu) to have the restriction removed. The directors are understanding people and will generally remove the restriction once you explain the situation, especially if it is your first missed appointment of the year.