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Policies and Mission

Colgate University Writing and Speaking Center

Policies

  • Under no circumstances will we do a quick proofreading job in the hours immediately before a deadline. Sessions are interactive and designed to have help you develop a plan for revising your essay on your own, after the appointment.
  • You may schedule two appointments per week, but never on the same day. If you've used up your two scheduled appointments, you may walk-in on other days of the week, but never on the same day as another appointment. In other words, you may have one appointment per day every day that we are open, but only two appointments per week can be scheduled and reserved in advance.
  • If you have a draft, bring two printed copies. Also bring your professor's assignment sheet and any notes or other relevant material. Consultants will not read drafts on a laptop or computer.
  • Proofread your draft for errors to the best of your ability before your visit.
  • If you will be a few minutes late, call the Writing and Speaker Center at (315) 228-6085. If you are more than 10 minutes late, we will give your appointment to someone else.
  • If you "no-show" twice without calling, you will lose appointment-reserving privileges for the semester.
  • Appointments are private. If a professor or advisor refers you to us, he or she may receive an acknowledgement that you visited, but the details of the session will remain private unless you give us permission to share.
  • You may modify or cancel your appointment online up to within 3 hours of its scheduled start-time.

IMPORTANT: The Writing and Speaking Center is not a computer lab; the printer and computers are reserved for use only during appointments. Thank you for understanding.

Mission

Serving undergraduates at Colgate, the Writing and Speaking Center is committed to the improvement of writers and speakers of all levels and abilities. Our peer consultants work with students from all disciplines at any stage of their project's process. 

The center aims to build confident and accomplished writers and speakers by helping students develop strong composing and delivery skills. We approach students' texts and presentations as works in progress, and we consider writing and speaking as powerful methods not only for communicating to others, but for developing and clarifying ideas themselves.

The center adheres firmly to Colgate's Academic Honor Code. We will not write any portion of a student’s paper; we are not a proofreading service but an instructional resource. Sessions are highly interactive, focused on helping the student develop skills and plans for improvement. Visiting the center does not guarantee a perfectly polished final text.

Sessions are private except in cases when a staff member deems it necessary to discuss the student's work or personal situation with an appropriate administrator, or in cases when the student has given express permission for such sharing to occur.