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Supplies & Services:

  • The Writing Center is not responsible for items that are lost or left unattended. Writing Center staff or tutors will NOT watch your items for you.
  • Students will respect the materials and environment of the Writing Center. Students will pick up their trash and treat Writing Center property with care.
  • The Writing Center offers textbooks for loan to students and staff. However, all items must remain in the Writing Center.

Behavior in the Writing Center:

  • Students may not disrespect tutors, student assistants, other students, or staff. The below items will not be tolerated at any time:

                        - Name-calling or gossiping

                        - Offensive or inappropriate comments, gestures, or attire

                        - Threatening speech or behavior

                        - Academic dishonesty, cheating, or plagiarism

                        - Sexual harassment

  • Excessive noise or disruptive behavior is not acceptable in the Writing Center. This includes, but is not limited to:

                         - Audible videos or music from personal devices

                         - Any action that could cause physical or emotional harm to self or others

                         - Being under the influence of controlled substances or alcohol

  • Cell phone conversations are NOT allowed in the Writing Center. You may take your call outside the center.
  • Children are NOT allowed in the Writing Center.
  • Writing Center has no food and beverages. However, beverages in the Writing Center are limited to bottled water. 
  • Students will listen to and follow the direction from any Writing Center tutor, or staff member.
  • Any Student, Tutor, or Staff not following to the policies may be asked to leave the Writing Center by any Writing Center Tutor or Staff member.

Tutoring Sessions:

Walk-In Rules

  • If you sign-in for a walk-in session, we cannot guarantee that you will be seen due to wait times, lack of availability, or other unforeseen circumstances. Walk-ins are subject to limited availability. Please ask the front desk if a walk-in tutor is available each day. If there is NO walk-in tutor available, you may be asked to come at a later time or on a different day.
  • Walk-ins can receive no more than (20) minutes of tutoring per day.
  • If you are waiting for a walk-in session, you may not leave the center for more than (10) minutes. If you leave, your name will be removed from the walk-in list. Also, if you decide to leave, you can take your name off the walk-in list and re-sign in at a later time that day. Your wait time may change if you come back at a later time.
  • You may stay in the lab after your walk-in session as long as the lab is open; however, you WILL NOT receive a second walk-in session.
  • Students may not request a specific tutor or wait for a specific tutor to become available. Students are helped on a first-come, first served basis. If a tutor has worked with a student two times in a row, we will have a different tutor work with that student.
  • Students will receive a conference form receipt as proof of tutoring.
  • Please Note: Violations of the policies stated on this sheet could be subject to the violation of the L.A.V.C. Student Code of Conduct (9803.15). Please refer to the LAVC 2016-2017 Catalog for further details and description of the code.
  • For more information or clarification on these rules, please speak with the Front Desk or a Supervisor

Open-Access Rules

  • Open Access works like a study hall. Students come in and raise their hands to receive help from tutors. The tutor will work with the student for a few minutes. Afterwards, the student will continue to work on his/her writing, and then raise his/her hand after (10) minutes. We recommend that students work on their papers and improve their skills while they are waiting for the tutor to return.
  • There will be handouts and study guides available for all students at each table. If there are none available, please ask the Front Desk or a tutor for a copy of these guides.
  • Students may stay in the lab as long as the tutoring lab is open, and there is space available.
  • Students will receive an open-access receipt as proof of tutoring.
  • Please Note: Violations of the policies stated on this sheet could be subject to the violation of the L.A.V.C. Student Code of Conduct (9803.15). Please refer to the LAVC 2016-2017 Catalog for further details and description of the code.
  • For more information or clarification on the open-access rules, please speak with the Front Desk or Supervisor.

Appointment Rules

  • Appointments are NOT guaranteed—we reserve the right to CANCEL, POSTPONE, DELAY, OR CHANGE your appointment at our discretion.
  • There may be a delay to your appointment start time due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • The tutor you are assigned for your appointment may also CHANGE due to unforeseen circumstances or administrative reasons.
  • If you arrive more than (10) minutes late for your appointment, you will LOSE your appointment for that day; however, you may sign in for walk-in tutoring (if available that day).
  • Please bring your Valley College Student I.D. card to all appointments and plan to arrive (5) minutes early to sign-in on the front desk.
  • If you need to cancel or change your appointment, please notify us at least (20) minutes before your appointment time.
  • If you miss more than (3) appointments, you will be unable to make further appointments for the remainder of the current session/semester.
  • You can make (1) appointment at a time, up to (1) week in advance.
  • All appointments have a (20-minute) maximum time limit.
  • Please Note: Violations of the policies stated on this sheet could be subject to the violation of the L.A.V.C. Student Code of Conduct (9803.15). Please refer to the LAVC 2016-2017 Catalog for further details and description of the code.