CAS Writing Center Policies


The CAS Writing Center is very busy and serves thousands of students, primarily those who are taking WR courses. We also provide writing appointments for students in WR-equivalents (EN 120, CC 101 and CC 102, etc.), those in Kilachand Honors College writing courses, and walk-in appointments for those students working on papers or writing assignments in any other CAS class. The policies, here, are designed so that these students can have access to working with a writing consultant. Students that violate the policies will receive an initial WARNING. Any additional violation will result in that student being denied the privilege of using the Writing Center’s consultation services for the remainder of the semester or longer.

Students can receive appointments for their other classes through the Educational Resource Center (617-353-7077) or the COM Writing Center (617-353-6632).


Scheduling Appointments:

You will receive a WARNING notice if you schedule an appointment with a consultant who is not able to tutor your class level. If you sign up for a consultant who is not able to tutor your class level, your appointment will be moved to an appropriate consultant if one is available at the same time or cancelled if one is not available. By reserving appointments with incompatible consultants, you may be preventing other students from receiving support.

One Scheduled Appointment per week: You are allowed only one scheduled appointment per week, unless you are enrolled in the Intensive Tutoring Program.

Late Cancellations: You have up to 9 hours ahead of your appointment time in which to cancel, without any violation of the policies. You will receive a WARNING notice if you cancel after this time period. This includes arriving on time, informing the writing consultant that you have nothing to work on and then leaving.

No Shows: You will receive a WARNING notice if you fail to attend a scheduled appointment.

Misuse of appointment time: You will receive a WARNING notice if misuse your appointment time. Appointments must last at least 15 – 20 minutes, and you must tell the tutor what specific assignment(s) or skills you want to work on. By attending an appointment for only 5 – 10 minutes, or by not bringing anything to work on, you are denying other students access to writing support.

False Representations: You will receive a WARNING notice if you misrepresent yourself in any way when scheduling an appointment. Such misrepresentations include, but are not limited to, falsely identifying yourself as another student, falsely identifying yourself as a student in a WR course, falsely identifying yourself as a student in a CAS class, or falsely identifying the WR course in which you are enrolled. In certain cases, we may contact the Dean of Students to pursue disciplinary actions against any students who are violating the “Code of Students Responsibilities.”

Students in CAS courses: Students who are working on a paper or a writing assignment for a CAS course are encouraged to use the Writing Center. They should make appointments online for papers from WR / WR Equivalent courses. For other CAS papers, students will need to make a walk-in appointment on the day of the appointment at the reception desk, or use the writing services provided by the Educational Resource Center or the College of Communication Writing Center.

Walk-in Policy: Students working on a paper or a writing assignment for an undergraduate CAS course may have a walk-in appointment at the Writing Center. Walk-in appointments are made at the front desk, or by calling the Writing Center. Walk-in appointments are only made if tutor is available on the schedule. All walk-ins are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lateness: Students who are expecting to be late for their appointment should inform the Writing Center of their expected arrival. Students who do not inform the writing center and are 15 minutes late for their appointment, may have their appointment cancelled and given to anyone currently waiting for a walk-in.

What to Bring

  • Your assignment sheet
  • A hard copy of your current draft, earlier drafts, and any relevant notes
  • The sources used in your essay
  • Your thoughts about how to improve your essay
  • An open mind and willingness to respond to the consultant
  • A referral form from your instructor, if you have one, or any other comments about your writing from your instructor

What to Expect During a Writing Appointment

  • An encouraging and supportive environment for talking about your writing
  • Assistance from a trained graduate- or undergraduate-level writing consultant
  • A one-on-one session devoted to your writing
  • Someone to respond to your writing with questions and to take your thinking and writing seriously

What Not to Expect During a Writing Appointment

  • Someone to merely edit or proofread your work
  • Someone to evaluate or grade your work
  • Someone fully knowledgeable about the content of your course

Book an Online Writing Consultation

Writing Consultants are available for online tutoring for all CAS WR classes. Appointments can be booked online. Appointments will be held online only until further notice.
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WR Transfer Credit

Did you take or are you planning to take a writing class at another school? You may be able to receive WR transfer credit for it.
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Important information for Fall 2020

This page offers some information about how the Learn from Anywhere (LfA) approach will work in WR classes this Fall.
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