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Writing Center Guidelines and Services

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For Students in LR 424:

  • LR 424 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.

Online Writing Center

  • In addition to the services in LR 424, the Online Writing Center offers half-hour online appointments with a Writing Center staff member. These appointments are available only online. Students can contact Writing Center staff for more information.

Computing and Printing Policies in LR 424:

  • 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.

For Faculty and Staff

  • Faculty may print class sets of the Term Paper Handbook for MLA, APA, CSE, or Chicago style, as well as any of our handouts, which can be found by clicking Materials on the navigation bar under Writing Center.
  • Faculty and staff may receive assistance with their writing questions.
  • 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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