Policies

Important Policies

What is the code of conduct within the Centre’s instructional space?

We strive to be a safe space on campus. As such, students are to conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner according to York University’s Community Standards for Student Conduct.

Any aggressive, threatening, or prejudicial behaviour will effectively end an instructional session and may result in loss of privileges to the Writing Centre’s services.

Can a writing instructor proofread or edit my paper?

In the context of our various programs, we will happily discuss grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, word choice, and verb tense. We will not make corrections for you, but will propose revisions in ways that support your development as an effective proofreader.

We do not promote the use of proofreading or copyediting services (paid or unpaid) as they may be in contravention of university policy. Instructors expect all aspects of student work reflect their own efforts and abilities. We encourage students to review the University’s Senate Policy on Academic Honesty and ask for their instructor’s permission before using a proofreading, correcting, or editing service.

What happens if I miss or cancel within 24 hours of my appointment?

We require 24 hours notice for cancellation although exceptions are made for emergencies. Students who have had three no-shows or late cancellations in a term may be blocked from booking additional One-to-one Writing Support appointments.

Can I wear cologne, perfume, or other fragranced products at the Writing Centre?

Many of our writing instructors have severe allergies to manufactured scents. Please refrain from wearing or applying any fragranced products while visiting us – you may unwittingly cause someone to have a severe allergic reaction. We thank you for your conscientious compliance with this request.

Am I eligible for the Writing Centre’s writing support services?

Writing Workshops: All York University students, including students enrolled in pre-university and bridging programs. Workshops do not require registration and are open to the first 25 students attending them at the start time listed.

Learning Commons’ Q&A: All York University students, including students enrolled in pre-university and bridging programs

One-to-one Writing Support (including face-to-face and online video chat): All students working on assignments for courses in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Faculty of Graduate Studies, School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design, Faculty of Health, and the Schulich School of Business.

Students enrolled in pre-university and bridging programs are also eligible for One-to-one Writing Support, though they must call our office to book appointments.

“Drop-in” One-to-one Writing Support: All York University students, including students enrolled in pre-university and bridging programs. These no-appointment-necessary “Drop-in” sessions are available in our main office in S311 Ross during our busiest times of the year. Drop-in sessions are 15-minutes in length.

Etutoring: All students taking courses in Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Writing Courses: All York University students, though enrolment may give priority access to Professional Writing and English and Professional Writing majors

How frequently can I make use of the Writing Centre’s various services?

Writing Workshops: Students are encouraged to attend as many writing workshops as they can.

Learning Commons’ Q&A: Students are invited to use one 15-minute session per day depending on availability. This service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

One-to-one Writing Support: Students are invited to make use of one 50-minute appointment per week, either face-to-face at the Writing Centre or online via video chat.

“Drop-in” One-to-one Writing Support: Students are invited to use one 15-minute session per hour depending on availability. This service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Etutoring: Eligible students are invited to submit one paper per week.

Can I make an appointment to work on a take-home exam?

Some Writing Instructors will not provide support on take-home exams. Please call Reception if you are looking to book an appointment to work on a take-home exam.

Can I make an appointment to work on a writing task that has not been assigned in one of my courses?

Some Writing Instructors will not provide support on writing tasks that have not been assigned within a course or program (i.e., resumes, applications, academic petitions, etc.). Please call Reception if you are looking to book an appointment to work on a writing task that has not been assigned by one of your instructors.