All students, faculty and staff members are welcome to visit the Writing Center at any time, with any writing project, at any stage of the writing process. In addition, a writing referral system has been established with the aim of providing timely assistance for students who need it most.

Act Early

Faculty members are encouraged to identify as early in the semester as possible any student who appears to have significant problems with writing. We ask that the faculty member meet with the student to discuss the areas of writing with which the student needs assistance. The referral form described below should be completed at this meeting.

Make a Referral

The Writing Referral form is designed to facilitate discussion between student and faculty member by listing possible areas of concern and allowing space to describe the ones that appear to be at issue in a particular course or assignment.

After the faculty member and student complete the form together, the student should bring the form to Carnegie 114 during daytime business hours, give the form to the Writing Center Coordinator (Jo Reish), and request an appointment with a member of the Writing Center professional staff. (The student should not make an appointment with a peer writing consultant for this initial meeting.)

The student should bring to this appointment any associated written work, assignment instructions, handouts, etc. In this initial meeting, the student and the staff member will formulate a plan for addressing writing issues and assignments of concern, most likely in regular sessions with Writing Center professional and/or peer writing consultants.

Follow Up

We strongly encourage the faculty member to monitor the situation during the remainder of the semester, remaining in communication with both the student and the Writing Center. –Adapted from the revised Writing Program legislation, approved by the faculty in April 2006.