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Writing Center Guidelines and Services

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For Students

  • The Center is open on a drop-in basis (no appointments) to Sierra College students and staff.
  • Students log in and out of the Writing Center by entering their Student ID Numbers or scanning their Student ID Cards on the computer just inside the door.
  • Student writers must be present to receive assistance. Papers may not be dropped off or sent by e-mail. Students working on a group project must be present to have their portion of the project reviewed.
  • Students receive assistance on a first-come, first-served basis. During busy times, students put their names on a waiting list to get help from a staff member. However, when staff members are not busy, students should ask the staff directly for help.
  • Students may receive assistance at any stage of the writing process, from idea generation to final draft.
  • Students should type essay drafts, print them double-spaced, and proofread as best they can.
  • Students are taught to edit their own papers and receive assistance according to individual needs.

Computing and Printing Policies

  • Computers must be used for educational purposes.
  • Students may not reconfigure or otherwise modify existing computer set up.
  • Laptop users must print only from Writing Center computers. A USB drive can be used to transfer data from a laptop to a desktop computer.
  • WiFi is available to students who have activated their wireless accounts through the Campus Life Office.

For Faculty and Staff

  • Faculty may order class sets of the Term Paper Handbook for MLA, APA, CSE, or Chicago style, as well as any of our handouts, from the Printing Department.
  • Faculty and staff may receive assistance with their writing projects.
  • Classes may visit the Writing Center early each semester with prior notice.
  • The staff can make presentations to Sierra College classes on Writing Center services, documentation styles, or other writing topics at the request of faculty members.

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