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Referring Students for Writing Help

For information about Writing Center resources for students, see the Getting Started page on the Writing Center website. The page also houses brief videos that introduce students (and faculty) to the resources best suited to students at different degree levels. For help referring students to relevant Writing Center assistance, see the links below:

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  • Classroom Announcements
    • Student-facing language about Writing Center resources that can be copy/pasted into feedback or announcements.
  • Faculty Referral Form
    • If a student in your course needs writing support, you can request the following via the faculty referral form: (a) recommendations for relevant resources for that student and/or (b) that a Writing Center staff member reach out to the student. Note: If you would like to request a chapter edit for a dissertation or other doctoral capstone student, see the chapter edit information and request form below.
  • Chapter Edits
    • Faculty members can request an edit of dissertation/doctoral capstone chapters or sections for students whose writing is impeding their progress. More details and a request form are available on the Chapter Edits page.

Following Up on Referrals

Many faculty note that they refer students to the Writing Center, but they don't know whether the student has followed through. Knowing what resources a student is pursuing can help faculty as they develop teaching approaches and feedback for that student. Ultimately, students are not required to notify their faculty of their work with the Writing Center, as the nature of this work is voluntary and private. If your student would like to share or verify that he or she has pursued Writing Center help, however, there are several ways to do so.

Paper Reviews

Students download their reviews, which are in Word format, from myPASS, and this document could be sent by students to their faculty member. Students also receive an e-mail when their review is ready to download; they can share that email with the faculty, if they are uncomfortable showing the marked-up document.

The Writing Center can also verify if a student has had an appointment, although we cannot provide details about the appointment. To request this information, contact Amber Cook.

Webinar Attendance

Students can provide verification of their live webinar attendance by sending faculty the “thank you” e-mail they receive after the webinar, or providing the webinar certificate of attendance from the webinar’s Files pod.

Students can provide verification that they watched an archived webinar by sending faculty the webinar’s certificate of attendance, which can be downloaded from the webinar’s Files pod.

Modules

Students can provide verification of their module usage by sending faculty the certificate of completion they can download after they pass the postmodule quiz.

Crash Course in Referring Students to the Writing Center

 

Links mentioned in Crash Course in Referring Students to the Writing Center