The Writing Center will be closed from Dec. 7 through Jan. 3. We will reopen for the J-term on Jan. 4, offering online consultations by appointment only from Jan. 4-15. Hours will be 1-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Please see our Appointments page for safety guidelines and information about making an appointment.

 

For faculty

The Writing Center partners with Virginia Commonwealth University faculty to help students succeed.

What we provide

Feedback on consultations

Every time a student comes in for a consultation, we ask permission to send a Writing Center Narrative to you, the instructor. This email provides the student’s name, visit date and a brief discussion of the consultation.

Promotional class visits

We can visit your class at any time during the semester to explain our services. A Writing Center consultant will present a brief overview of our services and answer questions. This generally takes about 10 minutes. To schedule a visit, contact Trey Hall, Writing Center coordinator, at hallbr@vcu.edu.

Field trips

During the first weeks of the semester, it’s often helpful to bring your class to us. You’re welcome to come to the center for a tour and brief overview; however, please schedule this in advance. We discourage such visits after the third week of the semester due to the high volume of consultations.

What you can do

Promote us

Tell students how much they can benefit from conversations at the Writing Center. Explain how a collaborative process strengthens writing and how a second pair of eyes can help any project. Encourage students to see us as a valuable resource.

Build in a Writing Center criterion

Make a Writing Center consultation a part of developing a writing assignment. Students benefit most from early visits. Include Writing Center information on your syllabus and link to us on your Blackboard site.

Encourage consultations

We are here for all writers, and all writers can benefit from having an additional reader. While we can certainly help struggling writers, presenting the Writing Center as a remedial space discourages students and hinders our efforts to be of service to the whole VCU community.

SafeAssign

SafeAssign is a plagiarism prevention tool integrated with VCU’s Blackboard system. The program is available to students and faculty. For instructions and troubleshooting, visit the VCU Tech Services website.

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