Writing Center Policy

The Writing Center, located on the main floor of the library, offers free writing support to any member of the Southern community.

Appointment Policies:

  • All writing appointments are scheduled through our online scheduler, WCONLINE. Students will need to use their Southern email address to create an account and log in.
  • Writing appointments are up to 45 minutes in length.
  • Students may schedule up to three appointments per week.
  • Students may only schedule one appointment per day.
  • Students who live locally should schedule a face-to-face appointment.
  • Students who are not local may schedule an online appointment.
  • Students are expected to bring a hard copy of their paper with them to the appointment.
  • Students may only bring one paper or project to an appointment.

Cancellation Policies:

  • Students are expected to cancel their appointment at least 15 minutes in advance. This allows another student to make an appointment at that time.
  • Students may cancel their appointment by returning to the appointment on the online scheduler and clicking on the “cancel this appointment” button at the bottom of the appointment form.
  • If a student cannot access his/her appointment, the student may call the Writing Center and request that the appointment be canceled.
  • If a student misses an appointment, the student will be marked as a no show.
  • If a student is more than 15 minutes late to an appointment, the student will be marked as a no show.
  • If a student is marked as a no show three times, the student’s WCONLINE account will be disabled. The student will need to speak with the director to get the account reactivated.

Reports and Evaluations:

  • After each appointment, the tutor completes a report of the appointment. The student will receive an emailed copy of this report. The study may request that the report also be sent to a professor.
  • In an effort to ensure the quality of the Writing Center, after each appointment, students will be asked to complete a survey to request anonymous feedback on their tutoring experience.

For more information, please contact:

Sonja Fordham, PhD

Writing Center Director
Tutoring Center Director
sfordham@southern.edu
423.236.2384