goal of the Writing Center is to provide HCC students with the resources they
need to make their papers the best they can be. If this is your first
time visiting the Writing Center, or if you are not familiar with our policies,
we encourage you to read this manual. We appreciate students’ cooperation
with our policies and procedures. Questions or comments can be directed
to Rachel Lieberman, the Writing Center Supervisor.
Students may not have more than one session per day.
Students may not have more than two sessions per class during any given week.
Students may not have more than two sessions per assignment.
Students may not have a session exceeding 45 minutes.
Students may request a signed slip to give to their professors as proof of a
session. Students should be aware that weekly electronic reports are sent
to all professors, which contain brief notes on subjects covered.
Students are expected to come prepared to their sessions, with one or two hard
copies of their paper, a copy of the professor’s assignment and syllabus, and
any other materials that may be helpful to the SL during the session.
Students are allowed sessions on college entrance and scholarship essays, but
the limits of two sessions per week, two per assignment, and no more than
forty-five minutes per session still apply.
· During private
sessions in study rooms, the door to the room must remain open.
While every effort will be made to work with any student who asks for help, the
Writing Center cannot guarantee time to anyone who does not make an appointment
Students may make appointments by accessing WCOnline through the HCC
website (Main Page->Search->Writing Center-> “Click here to make an
Students may cancel or modify their appointments through WCOnline, or by
contacting the Writing Center. (BACA 207, 813-253-6598)
Students are expected to be on time for their appointments. Students who
are more than five minutes late for a thirty minute appointment, or ten minutes
late for a forty-five minute appointment may be asked to reschedule.
Students who are no-shows for three appointments will not be allowed to make
further appointments without the permission of the Writing Center Supervisor.
Students who change or cancel appointments prior to their reserved time will
not be penalized.
Students may not have a paper reviewed by the Writing Center the day it is due.
Students may not have papers reviewed for non-HCC classes. Exceptions are
made in cases of scholarship and college entrance essays. Resumes and
cover letters may be brought to the Career Services Center, located in BSSB
Writing Center staff members are not responsible for the student’s work.
It is the student’s responsibility to work with an SL and take his or her
advice into account during revisions. Please note that while every effort
will be made to help a student improve a paper, ultimately the grade given is
up to the professor and may have little or no relevance to the advice provided
during the tutoring session.
Writing Center staff members will not offer students a grade, nor speculate on
the grade their professor will provide them for a class or any specific
Writing Center staff will not review papers that are dropped off or
e-mailed. The student must remain present while their assignment is being
reviewed, as the Writing Center believes that active participation in the
revision process is essential for student success.
Writing Center staff will not review handwritten papers. Printers are
available for student use throughout campus. The ASC contains a printer
that is available for student use. Printer usage in the ASC is at the
discretion of staff and is limited to ten pages.
Writing Center staff cannot assist with help on CLAST or PERT practice.
Students may not have more than one account on WCOnline. If the
supervisor discovers duplicate accounts, she will delete one and inform the
student of this policy.
Other WC Activities
Students are welcome at any workshops, lectures, or events sponsored by the
Writing Center or the Prep Writing Lab. While attendance will be taken
for demographic purposes, these events will not count as sessions.
Students are welcome to use the books available on the shelf behind the main
desk, however, a staff member must assist with the check-out and check-in
process. No books belonging to the ASC may be taken out of BACA 207, and
any books borrowed by students must be returned to the front desk staff member
on duty before the student leaves.
ASC and College Policies
Students must be mindful of and abide by all Academic Success Center and HCC
o Food and drink are not permitted in any ASC
o Computer usage is restricted to academic work
o Socializing should be kept at a minimum and at
a low level.
o Children under seventeen are not allowed in
any ASC locations. Students accompanying minors will be asked to leave.
o Students must sign in and out of all ASC
locations with a staff member at the front desk.
Academic honesty is expected of all students.
Books on the shelf in BACA 207A are available for student use. However,
the books must be retrieved and checked-out by an ASC staff member, and the
books must remain in BACA 207 at all times. Students must return ASC
books to staff members before leaving.
Students may not use cell phones during sessions or in the ASC. If a
student uses his or her cell phone during a session, that session will be
Printer usage is at the discretion of the ASC staff. The limit for
printing is ten pages.
Students are expected to bring their Hawk Card to the ASC in order to be
properly signed in.
Students should be respectful of ASC space and clean up after themselves.
Group study sessions should be held in one of the private study rooms, if one
If an academic computer program or website requires the use of sound, students
must use headphones. A limited number of headphones are available for
student use, but students are encouraged to bring their own.