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 wupport appointments.

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

Many of our writing instructors have severe allergies to fragrances. 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.

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” Support in the Writing Workspace: Students are invited to work in the drop-in program as much or as little as they want. Instructors will be available to answer questions and provide some guidance as you write.

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