Writing Center Student Consultation Agreement

This form constitutes an agreement between the student and the Writing Center staff regarding the services provided by the Writing Center. In order to use our services, students must agree to these terms. Please read them carefully.  [A link to the WCONLINE registration page can be found below.]

  1. A primary goal of the Writing Center is to offer Methodist University students a safe, comfortable environment in which they can receive expert feedback on, and support for, all their academic writing.

  2. Writing Center consultants are trained to guide student writers through the writing process and to help them plan, organize, revise and correct their own work.  Consultants do not write or edit papers for students.

  3. Consultants do not assign grades and do not speculate in any way about the grades students might receive.

  4. Consultants do not discuss instructors or the grading policies of instructors.

  5. Students are expected to abide by the Methodist University Honor Code, which prohibits cheating (including plagiarism), theft, and academic misrepresentation.  A Writing Center consultant who finds a violation of this Honor Code is obligated to report the violation to the Academic Standards Committee.

  6. Writing consultations are conducted either in-person (Face-to-Face) or remote (Online or eTutoring). Students must schedule appointments in WCONLINE at http://methodist.mywconline.com.

  7. Appointments are set in 60-minute increments. Students may schedule a maximum of two (2) 60-minute consultations per day and a maximum of five (5) 60-minute consultations per week. Please contact a consultant if additional time is needed. Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis.

  8. For each consultation, the consultant will complete a “Client Report Form” and provide it to the student and his or her instructor.

  9. Consultations begin on the hour and last up to 45 minutes. Students are required to be on time for their consultations.  If, by five (5) minutes after the hour, a student is not present for an in-person consultation, does not join a scheduled Online consultation, or does not upload a draft for an eTutoring (written) consultation, the appointment will be canceled, and the student will be marked as a “No-Show.”

  10. CANCELATION POLICY: Students can cancel an appointment with no penalty as long as the cancelation happens at least one (1) hour prior to the appointment time. Because appointment cancelations affect other students’ ability to schedule an appointment and utilize the Writing Center’s services, appointments that are not needed should be canceled at least one (1) hour prior to the scheduled start time. If on more than two (2) occasions during a single semester, a student violates the cancelation policy, the student’s account will be locked, and future appointments will be canceled. If the student’s account becomes locked, the student can contact the Writing Center’s director to discuss the situation and have their account reinstated at the director’s discretion. Future appointments which have been canceled as a result of violating this policy will need to be rescheduled by the student. The student will have to utilize post-reinstatement appointment availability to schedule those consultations.

  11. NO-SHOW POLICY: The Writing Center wants to make scheduling appointments as fair as possible for everyone. If a student finds that they may be more than five (5) minutes late for an appointment, the student should call and/or email the consultant to let them know. If the student neither shows up nor contacts their consultant, the student will be marked as a No-Show. As a courtesy, the consultant will attempt to contact and remind the student of their appointment prior to marking the appointment as a No-Show. If the student misses two (2) appointments in this way, the student’s WCONLINE account will be locked, and future appointments will be canceled. If the student’s account becomes locked, the student can contact the Writing Center’s director to discuss the situation and have their account reinstated at the director’s discretion. Future appointments which have been canceled as a result of violating this policy will need to be rescheduled by the student. The student will have to utilize post-reinstatement appointment availability to schedule those consultations.

Once you’ve read the WC Student Consultation Agreement, you can register for a WCONLINE account at https://methodist.mywconline.com/register.php .