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Important Policies

Please be aware of the following policies:

Scheduling Appointments 
  • Undergraduate students may sign up for one session per day.
  • If you are a graduate student, or have a long project (such as a senior thesis, Master's thesis, or dissertation chapter) and would like extra time, please ask the permission of the Writing Center directors (writingcenter@brandeis.edu) before booking multiple sessions in one day.
  • Writing Center administrators reserve the right to move your appointment to a different tutor at any time. 
Working with the Consultants
  • Please arrive with a hard copy of your essay. Tutors will not work from laptops or virtual copies.
  • Tutors will not proofread your essay. 
  • Tutors can only work with 10 pages of writing at most. If you have a long essay, choose the section(s) with which you would most like help.
  • Our sessions are designed for one-on-one instruction, and that is the format that we recommend. At times students will come to the center seeking help on a group project. Tutors reserve the right to either host group consultations or to turn the group away. Because our tutors are trained to evaluate and work through the entire context of the assignment with a student, they are the best judge of whether a group session will be productive.
  • Writing Center consultants are not permitted to help students with mid-term, take-home, or final exams without the permission of the instructor. If you think the nature of your assignment will be unclear to the consultant, please ask your instructor to email writingcenter@brandeis.edu giving you permission you to work on your paper at the Writing Center.
  • Tutors can only help you with your own original work. We consider it a violation of the university's policy on academic integrity if you bring your friends' work and pass it off as your own and, consequently, we may restrict your further use of the Writing Center.
  • On occasion, the assigned TA/TF for your class may also serve as a Writing Center Consultant. We strongly discourage Writing Center consultations between students in a class where the Writing Consultant serves as a TA/TF (in any capacity--your assigned TA/TF or not). Doing so complicates the boundaries of authority and disturbs the Writing Center's pedagogical stance of offering writing support that is distinct from the kind of writing assessment that occurs in the TA/TF/instructor-student relationship. If a student signs up for a session with a TA/TF with the intention of working on writing from that course, we will re-assign the student to another Writing Consultant. We encourage students to visit the TA/TF’s office hours if they are seeking specific help on their assignment that only the course TA/TF could offer.

Disciplinary Policies

  • Students must cancel* their appointments at least three hours before their scheduled appointment. If a student fails to show up for an appointment without canceling, it will be marked as a missed appointment, and a warning email will be sent. After three missed appointments, the student's Writing Center Online account will be disabled. 
  • Students may only make appointments for themselves. We assume the person who signs up will be the one who attends the session, and we reserve the right to request that students show their Brandeis ID cards. If a student signs up under someone else's name, both students' Writing Center Online accounts will be disabled.
  • Students may only bring in their own work. If a student brings in another student's work, both students' Writing Center Online accounts will be disabled. 
  • Students who are more than 10 minutes late forfeit their session. It is up to the tutor to decide whether to keep the appointment if a student shows up late and no other student has claimed it.

*You must cancel your appointments through the Writing Center Online portal. Emailing the Writing Center to inform us that you need to cancel does not count as an official cancellation. 

Disability

If you are a student with a documented disability on record at Brandeis, we encourage you to use our services. You can select a regular consultant and schedule sessions in advance. Our consultants will be happy to work with you for extended periods of time whenever possible. The Writing Center encourages you to inform your consultant that you have a disability, and to let him or her know about any writing strategies you find helpful. All students who use the Writing Center can rely on a strict policy of confidentiality.

Please email comments or questions to writingcenter@brandeis.edu.