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Policies

When students visit The Writing Room for the first time, they are asked to read and sign a policies and guidelines statement indicating that they will abide by our guidelines. This is done to ensure that a quiet learning environment can be maintained. Below is a copy of that document:

THE WRITING ROOM POLICIES
(Writing Room Policies should be completed and signed once per semester.)

The following practices and policies are meant to serve as guidelines for all students using The Writing Room.  It is expected that students will read and adhere to them in order to enhance the quality of service The Writing Room provides both to themselves and others.  Any student who does not have a signed copy of these policies on file shall not be allowed to use The Writing Room facility.  Anyone who does not abide by the following procedures and rules will be asked to leave. 

GUIDELINES

  • Students who enter The Writing Room must log in before beginning their assignments and log out when they leave. Should a student need to leave for a brief time (e.g., rest room, soft drink, phone call), it is not necessary that he or she log out, but Writing Room workers will note when this policy is abused and will notify instructors and The Writing Room director of any student who does not actually fulfill his or her lab requirements.
  • Students are expected to treat The Writing Room as a classroom setting; as a courtesy to others, a quiet atmosphere must be strictly maintained. All electronic devices should be muted or turned off; if a student receives a cell phone call, he or she should exit The Writing Room before answering. Any emergency situation requiring a variance from this policy should be discussed with The Writing Room worker on duty as soon as the student enters The Writing Room. It is The Writing Room worker’s decision whether to allow any deviation from the usual standard.
  • Any food or drink should be kept away from computers; drinks should be in a re-sealable bottle with a lid.
  • If a student wishes to listen to music, he or she may do so provided that it is done through the use of headphones (The Writing Room will not provide headphones). The volume must be kept low enough so that it doesn’t disturb surrounding patrons.
  • The Writing Room is maintained for students in order to facilitate the completion of their assignments. It is not a place to socialize, shop online, play games, watch movies, or checent in The Writing Room is provided for use by students. It is expected that all students will respect and care for said equipment—computers, printers, books, tables, desks, chairs, etc.—in a responsible fashion. All equipment is to remain in The Writing Room at all times! Anyone who vandalizes or abuses The Writing Roomk email. Loitering is not permitted. All students who finish their lab requirements and who need additional lab time credit are expected to remain engaged in academic pursuits while completing their necessary lab time.
  • The equipm’s equipment will not only be permanently banned from The Writing Room, but will also be reported to the police.
  • Computers in The Writing Room are to be used for educational purposes only. Both the library and the Learning Center allow students to use computers for recreation. In The Writing Room, a student may use the computer to research, write, or complete assignments. The following potential uses are prohibited:

 

    • Looking at the website “myspace.com.” or any website of similar conception
    • Personal browsing
    • Checking email (non-assignment related)
    • Viewing pornography or any other objectionable website
    • Any other use not strictly related to student assignments

Students caught looking at pornography will be permanently banned from The Writing Room and will be reported to the police. On the first occurrence of any other inappropriate use, students will be politely asked to refrain. Any subsequent occurrence will result in their being told to leave. Writing Room personnel, including student workers have sole determination in any dispute about computer use, and their decision concerning the immediate occurrence is final. 

  • While The Writing Room personnel maintain a familiarity with instructors’ lab assignments, they cannot be expected to know the exact specifications that an instructor requires. Therefore, a student should always consult with his or her instructor about how to interpret an assignment. The Writing Room cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of a student’s work.
  • Although The Writing Room makes every attempt to maintain its posted hours, students should be aware that times may arise when it is necessary to close (e.g., a worker’s illness). Also, many instructors often reserve The Writing Room to hold a class, and The Writing Room might have to be closed at that time as well. Students are advised to familiarize themselves with The Writing Room’s hours of operation and to not wait until the last minute to complete their assignments.
  • Students are expected to vacate The Writing Room promptly when it closes. Documents and assignments should be saved and/or finished before closing to expedite the process.
  • All Writing Room personnel are to be treated with the respect due a classroom instructor. Any complaints about other patrons should be directed to Writing Room personnel so that they can mediate the problem. Any complaints about Writing Room personnel should be directed to Mr. Herring, The Writing Room Director (daryl.herring@blinn.edu; Office: Academic #6, ext. 4416).

Any student who is asked to leave is expected to exit immediately. If not, the police will be called. If a student is asked to leave and does so voluntarily, that student may not return to The Writing Room until he or she has met with The Writing Room Director (this conference may also include the student’s instructor). At that time, a review of the student’s actions will be made and a determination of whether or not to allow the student to continue to use The Writing Room will be reached. All students should be aware that any student permanently banned from The Writing Room will necessarily fail or be dropped from his or her developmental course. Any student who is asked to leave and does not do so voluntarily will be immediately and permanently banned from The Writing Room.

CONSULTATION GUIDELINES

The Writing Room welcomes consultations with students who are looking for extra assistance with their writing skills. We welcome walk-ins (on a first-come, first-served basis), and we also take appointments. Please be aware of the following guidelines and restrictions:

  • Information from a consulting session may be used for research and will be available to instructors
  • Unless you notify The Writing Room in advance, a consulting appointment may be forfeited if you are more than 5 minutes late.
  • Instructors' grading policies and paper grades are not discussed in The Writing Room.
  • Consultants in The Writing Room do not write on students’ papers.
  • You, the student, will be asked to establish the direction and content of each consulting session.
  • Writing Room consultants do not edit or correct students’ papers. Instead, consultants focus on issues such as structure, thesis, organization, and content. If a consultant identifies repetitive grammatical mistakes, such as fragments, run-ons, or commausage, then the consultant will work with the student in order to help the student understand and learn how to correct such mistakes. Consultants can also advise on such matters as finding a topic, narrowing a topic, getting started, research methods, citations, and proper formatting.
  • All essay consultations will require that the students read their papers quietly to the consultant or have their papers read to them by the consultant.

 

ACCEPTANCE

By signing below, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the policies and procedures outlined above. Your signature indicates a willingness to abide by these guidelines and indicates an understanding of the penalties that will incur should you violate any of them.

I have read and understood these policies and understand that by signing below, I am indicating a willingness to abide by them:

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Student's Signature Date

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Print Name

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Instructor