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Policy for Writing Centre Graduate Appointments

The MUN Writing Centre offers a very specialized service to graduate students: hour-long, one-on-one tutorials, with the opportunity to have a text read in advance to maximize the tutorial’s productivity. Graduate tutors – themselves busy, full-time students – come to campus several scheduled times per week specifically to honour appointments. These tutors often spend a full hour reading a student’s work in preparation for the tutorial session.

For the past few terms, however, the Writing Centre has been experiencing growing problems with some graduate students’ use of our services:

  • Students cancel appointments at the last minute, or simply do not show up at all. This can render an hour spent preparing for the appointment a waste of time. It also deprives other graduate students of opportunities for appointments.
  • Students arrive very late for their appointments, minimizing what can be accomplished in what time remains of the tutor’s shift.
  • Students neglect to send texts in time for the tutors to read them in advance. The actual appointment then must be spent reading and diagnosing issues, rather than addressing them.

To address these problems, the Writing Centre is introducing a new policy for graduate students wishing to make appointments with us:

Once a graduate student has missed two (2) appointments, he or she will be ineligible for further appointments in the given semester. The following situations will constitute a missed appointment:

  • Failing to show up for an appointment
  • Arriving for an appointment more than 15 minutes late
  • Cancelling an appointment on the day of the appointment – except in cases deemed by Writing Centre staff to be true emergencies. Note: An appointment will be considered postponed or cancelled in a timely manner as long as the Writing Centre Director receives word from you by 5:00 p.m. of the day preceding your appointment - in person, by phone, or by email.
  • Submitting text that requires pre-reading less than two hours prior to the appointment time

We regret the imposition of these regulations, but we feel it necessary in order to effectively serve Memorial’s graduate student population. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

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