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Writing Studio Policies and Procedures

The Learning Commons Writing Studio
Arts & Sciences, Room 1313
517-483-1206

Welcome to the Writing Studio

Serving student writers at all levels of proficiency and any stage in the writing process.

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Fall/Spring Hours:

Day

Time

Monday - Thursday

8:00am - 9:00pm

Friday

11:00am - 4:00pm

Saturday

10:00am - 4:00pm

 

Face-to-Face Appointments: Appointments can be scheduled up to one week in advance. Call or stop by the Writing Studio during any of its open hours to make an appointment for in-person assistance. In-person, face-to-face appointments can be scheduled for 25 or 50 minutes. Fifty-minute appointments begin at 10 minutes after the hour. Twenty-five minute appointments begin at 10 minutes after the hour and 35 minutes after the hour. If you are running late for an appointment, please call us at 517-483-1206. We will hold your appointment if we know you're on the way and a few minutes behind schedule. If you are more than 10 minutes late for an appointment and do not notify us to hold it for you, we will ask you to reschedule.

Online appointments: Use the "Schedule an Online Appointment” button above to make an appointment to meet with an English Tutor in a D2L chat room. We regularly monitor appointment requests that are received electronically during Writing Studio business hours. Those submitted when the Writing Studio is closed may take 24 hours to process (up to 48 hours on weekends).

You will receive a confirmation email from the Writing Studio with your appointment date and time, as well as instructions for accessing our D2L Group to submit your paper. We cannot schedule online appointments for the same day we receive a request. Advanced notice is required. Online, real-time assistance requires a stable internet connection and general familiarity with D2L. It may be easier to visit us for in-person assistance with MLA/APA documentation and sentence-level polishing work.

If you are running late for an online appointment or experiencing technical difficulties, please call us at 517-483-1206. Your assigned tutor will wait for you in the chat room if we know you're running a few minutes late or resolving technical issues. If you are more than 10 minutes late for an appointment and do not notify us to hold it for you, we will ask you to reschedule.

Appointment Length and Start Time: Fifty-minute appointments begin at 10 minutes after the hour. Twenty-five minute appointments begin at 10 minutes after the hour and 35 minutes after the hour. If you are more than 10 minutes late for an appointment and do not notify us to hold it for you, we will ask you to reschedule.

Walk-in Session Length and Start Time: Students without pre-scheduled appointments who walk in for assistance during times when all available appointments are booked up will be invited to work independently in the Studio with staff members available to ask questions and provide mini-consultations. Students can work in the Studio until an appointment becomes available, if one is needed, or they can schedule an appointment for another day (up to one week in advance). More information about our writing studio can be found on the  How We Help Students page.

No-Shows: If you no-show for an appointment three times during a semester and do not call us to cancel, you will not be able to make any additional appointments for the semester. You can still work on your writing independently in the studio, and you will be able to make pre-scheduled appointments again at the start of the following semester.

Late Arrivals: If you are running late for an appointment, please call us at 517-483-1206. We will hold your appointment if we know you're on the way and running a few minutes late. We will be happy to reschedule you if your estimated time of arrival will not allow adequate time for us to effectively assist you.

Cancellations and No-Shows: If you no-show for an appointment three times during a semester and do not call us to cancel, you will not be able to make any additional appointments for the semester. You can still work on your writing in our writing studio area, and you will be able to make pre-scheduled appointments again at the start of the following semester.

Proof of Visit: If you need to provide proof of your Writing Studio visit to your instructor, be sure to find out what information you should collect in order to receive credit for visiting. Most instructors will ask their students to provide, at minimum, the date and time of the visit, the first name of the staff member and a brief description of the feedback they received. Some instructors, however, will require students to answer more in-depth questions in order to receive credit for visiting the Writing Studio. Please note: Your instructor will be able to contact the Writing Studio for verification of your visit, so be sure to report accurate information about the date, time and name of the person who assisted you. Our staff are not permitted to sign their names to student papers.

Student Conduct in the Writing Studio: Students who visit the Writing Studio must abide by the College's General Rules and Guidelines for students and Student Code of Conduct. Any student who does not comply with these rules for appropriate conduct may be denied Writing Studio services and asked to leave the facility.

Plagiarism: The Writing Studio assumes no responsibility on behalf of students who choose to submit plagiarized material in LCC courses. Additionally, the Writing Studio assumes no responsibility for reporting plagiarism to instructors or college administrators. However, Writing Studio employees do reserve the right to refuse assistance with written material that is plagiarized.

What You Should Expect: You can expect assistance on the writing issues that concern you; helpful, courteous and competent staff; and improvement in your overall writing ability after repeated visits.

What You Should Not Expect: You should not expect an editing service, a flawless paper, staff who know the individual requirements and preferences of all LCC instructors, or answers to all of your questions in one or two visits. We strive to help you help yourself, repeated visits may be necessary, and you might benefit from meeting with your instructor to clarify expectations and requirements.

What You Should Bring: Bring a specific writing task to work on, along with any ideas, notes, drafts, your assignment, and any other relevant course materials; be prepared to take an active role in your session by letting the staff member know what you would like to focus on within the time limits allocated.

Tutoring Services at Lansing Community College

The Learning Commons
Arts & Sciences Room 1313
Phone: (517) 483-1206
Fax: (517) 483-1222
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