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UWC assists students from any college in NPUST with every phase of the writing process, from brainstorming to polishing a final draft. Tutors can clarify grammatical rules and help you learn to detect grammatical errors, however, proofreading and editing is not the focus of writing sessions at UWC.

  1. All appointments require a valid, current NPUST Student ID. Students who do not have their ID’s may be denied an appointment.
  2. You may schedule ONE session per day, up to TWO appointments per week, and are permitted a total of TWELVE sessions per semester.
  3. You may not book back-to-back sessions.
    • The reasoning for this is so that you have time in between your sessions to work on revisions.
  4. Appointments may be scheduled up to TWO weeks in advance.
  5. All sessions are ONE-ON-ONE unless a prior arrangement has been made with the Director for group sessions – all members of a group must be present for group sessions.
  6. Cancellation Policy: If you need to reschedule or cancel an appointment, you must contact the UWC at least ONE hour prior to your scheduled appointment.
  7. “No Show” Policy: If you miss an appointment, or if you cancel an appointment with less than an hours notice, you are required to wait one week before rescheduling.
  8. Late Policy: If you are more than 10 minutes late it will result in the cancellation of your session.  TWO lateness will be treated as a “No Show”
  9. After TWO “No Show” appointments and THREE cancellations you are prohibited from booking further appointments for the current semester.  
  10. Writers must visit the Center early and often to improve significantly a paper's quality.
  11. Writers must be present to receive assistance.
  12. Writers must email their work/paper TWO days prior to the scheduled session and must bring a clean, double-space typed and printed draft of their work.
  13. The UWC is only able to accept assignments/papers up to 10 pages long. If it is longer than that, you may mark off smaller sections for the tutor to look at.
  14. There may not be time to discuss an entire assignment/paper in one session. Writers should tell the tutor which issues they consider to be top priority. Even then, writers may need to schedule another tutoring session to address all of their concerns.
  15. The UWC is not a "quick fix" for writing concerns. Improvement takes time, hard work, and substantial revision on our part.
  16. At times, writers may misunderstand the tutor's advice or implement it incorrectly, causing their grade to drop. This is not the fault of the tutor, but a natural part of the learning process of writing.
  17. The UWC is not a copy-editing service. The tutor will not correct your assignment/paper but will work in conjunction with you to assist you in learning how to develop and revise your own paper.
  18. Tutors are not permitted to help you with take-home essay exams unless you have written permission from your instructor, or the instructor has contacted the Writing Center directly.
  19. Tutors are not permitted to help you with writing that has legal or financial implications or is related to an appeal of a university decision.
  20.  Tutors are not permitted to help you with writing or reviewing career documents such as resumes and cover letters.
  21.  If you abuse the scheduling system and/or our policies, you are no longer eligible to receive our services.
  22.  No plagiarism Policy: If a tutor feels that a paper is clearly not the work of the tutee present for tutoring and the tutee resists reworking the potentially plagiarized elements of the assignment, that tutor may cancel the session at his or her sole discretion.


 
NOTE: This page is designed to answer common questions about University  
              Writing Center policies. If you have any additional questions,
              please contact us.