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Writing Center Policy Statement

The primary purpose of the Writing Center is to guide students to become better writers in the university setting. Writing Center instructors are interested in helping students develop skills and acquire knowledge to foster their independence as writers capable of editing their own texts. Whether instruction takes place on the premises of the Center or through its online service, the emphasis is on teaching students rather than proofreading or "fixing" papers. To this end, Writing Center instructors make every effort to ensure that tutorial sessions are directed at least as much by the student's questions and input as by the instructor's suggestions, and that writers are invested with ultimate ownership of and responsibility for their own texts, as well as confidence in their ability to meet the standards of the academic discourse community.