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Sample Descriptions for a Syllabus

Please encourage your students to benefit from our services by describing our services in your class syllabi.

You may copy and paste these samples directly into a syllabus or download them as a Word document.

Short Version 

The Writing Center is a quiet, comfortable place to work on class assignments or meet with a tutor. Peer tutors can help with class assignments or presentations at any point in the writing process, from brainstorming to proofreading. Although they are happy to provide strategies for revising papers, tutors do not write, edit, or grade papers.

The Writing Center in 218 Eicher Hall (between Wallwork Hall and the smokestacks) is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Writing Center’s library satellite is located on the first floor of Stapleton Library behind the reference desk and is open Monday through Thursday 8 to 11 p.m. and Sunday 5 to 10 p.m. No appointment is needed at either location—just walk in.

Live peer tutoring is also available through the Online Writing Center. Instructions for scheduling an online session are available at www.iup.edu/writingcenter

Long Version

The Writing Center is a quiet, comfortable place for you to work on class assignments or meet with a tutor. The Writing Center is equipped with computers that run the full Microsoft Office suite as well as a printer, a scanner, and a small library of reference books, including current editions of the MLA Handbook and the APA Manual.

Peer tutors can help you with class assignments and out-of-class writing such as cover letters and scholarship applications. A tutor will work one-on-one with you at any point in the writing process, from brainstorming to revising. Though they are happy to provide strategies for revising papers, tutors do not write, edit or grade papers.

The Writing Center can be of the most help if you:

  • prepare:  identify specific issues/areas that you would like to discuss
  • participate:  actively discuss your paper with the tutor
  • practice:  make changes during the session and afterward

Sessions typically last 30-45 minutes. Peer tutors respect the confidentiality of your visit; a report form will be sent to your instructor only at your request.

The Writing Center is located in 218 Eicher Hall (between Wallwork Hall and the smokestacks) and is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Writing Center’s library satellite is located on the first floor of Stapleton Library behind the reference desk and is open Monday through Thursday 8 to 11 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. No appointment is needed at either location—just walk in.

Live peer tutoring is also available through the Online Writing Center. You can find more information or schedule an appointment for an online session by visiting the Writing Center’s website at www.iup.edu/writingcenter.

You can also ask writing questions online at www.facebook.com/IUPWritingCenter or by tweeting @IUPWriting.

  • Writing Center
  • Eicher Hall, Room 218
    860 Grant Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-3029
  • Regular Hours
  • Monday through Thursday
  • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday
  • 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.