The Writing and Speaking Center is committed to helping all Colgate students succeed as clear, effective communicators.

Peer consultants in the center work one-on-one with students and their projects, offering suggestions for revision as they help students experience their work from a reader or listener's perspective. The consultants can also direct students to resources, including guides to genres of academic writing and speaking.

Students are encouraged to visit at any stage of their process, from prewriting to polishing. Although the consultants are not experts in all topics, they can help writers and speakers clarify their ideas and organize them effectively.

Create or log in to your client account using your @colgate email address. Creating an account will allow you to self-schedule your appointments and receive notices about the center's tutorial services, special events, and job openings.

COVID safety protocols: When attending an appointment, please wear a mask while in the center. All appointments will be in person unless you are experiencing COVID symptoms or are off campus for quarantine, athletic travel, or study abroad. To request an online synchronous appointment, please contact Director Jenn Lutman at jlutman@colgate.edu

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The Writing and Speaking Center offers many services for students.

Location and Hours

208 Lathrop Hall
Monday - Thursday 10:15 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Friday 10:15 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Closed Saturdays
Sunday 2:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Resources and Upcoming Events

Resources: Reading, Analysis, Notetaking, and Writing (must be logged in to Colgate account)

Avoiding Accidental Plagiarism Google Site (must be logged in to Colgate account)

Policies

The center adheres firmly to Colgate's Academic Honor Code. We are an instructional resource and academic support center, not a proofreading or editing service, and we will not write or rewrite any portion of a student’s paper. Our mission is to support students' development as writers by teaching revision strategies they may apply on their own, to their current as well as future writing projects.

Students may reserve up to two appointments per week in advance. In a given week, any appointments in addition to the two reservations must be walk-ins, space permitting. No student may reserve or walk-in for more than one appointment on the same day, unless the appointments are for different writing projects.

All writing appointments, including walk-ins, begin at 15 minutes past the hour.

Sessions are private except in cases when a staff member deems it necessary to contact an appropriate administrator, or in cases when the student has given express permission for sharing to occur.