Writing Centre Policies


What you need to know about professional one-to-one writing consultations.

  • Students are entitled to six sessions at the Writing Centre per the fall/winter school year.  Appeals for additional sessions must be addressed to the director. Students may book additional appointments (up to six) in the spring/summer term.
  • Because of the high demand for appointments, students  are limited to one appointment per week.
  • We cannot be very helpful if you visit us the day your assignment is due. Leave enough time to revise your work after your appointment, usually several days or even a week.
  • Our one-to-one writing consultations are not intended to be used for rewriting or proofreading your paper. Although our staff will point out examples of grammatical or stylistic weakness, they concentrate on general principles of writing, leaving it up to you to apply them. The responsibility for making any changes to your work rests with you.
  • Sessions will not be conducted on laptops, as these tend to become proofreading exercises. Please bring a hard copy.
  • Any student seeking help with a job search document or other application (personal statement, cover letter, resume, graduate or professional program application, etc.) is entitled to one session only for this purpose.  These appointments are intended to help the student clarify and reorganize the document and do not involve editing or proofreading.  The final document is the student’s own responsibility and should reflect the student’s own voice and skill level.
  • Take-home examinations cannot be the subject of any writing consultation, no exceptions (this is includes graduate comprehensive exams). Students who know they will be writing a take-home exam and are concerned about their writing skills are encouraged to prepare in advance by booking appointments to work on their writing skills, attending workshops, and consulting with a Learning Strategist to discuss effective exam preparation.

An appointment made should be an appointment kept.

  • If you need to cancel your appointment, be sure to call 6 hours in advance. Failure to give sufficient notice or to appear for a scheduled appointment will result in a $25 charge added to your Queen’s account.
  • Any student who arrives more than 10 minutes late may forfeit that appointment.
  • Any student who fails to either attend or cancel an appointment may not be entitled to further services of the Writing Centre. “No-shows” will be counted toward a student’s allotted six sessions.
  • A student may not transfer an appointment to another student or send a proxy to attend an appointment on his or her behalf. Any student who violates this policy will no longer be allowed to use the service.
  • Appeals due to extenuating circumstances should be directed to the director.

We adhere to a strict policy of non-interference in regard to student-instructor relations.

  • Writing Centre staff do not appraise comments and/or the grade on a marked paper, nor do they advocate on behalf of students.
  • Writing Centre staff cannot fulfill the duties of a teaching assistant. Questions about course content, including questions about citation format, should be directed to your instructor or TA.
  • Although members of our staff teach or act as TAs or markers for various Queen’s courses, appointments may not be used for students to meet with their instructor or TA.

Any student with questions or concerns about the program or its policies should make an appointment to speak with the Director of SASS, Susan Korba, at 613-533-6000, ext. 77630, korbas@queensu.ca.