Advising Guidelines

Below are some frequently asked questions, as well as the advising guidelines and submission cap policy that you should review prior to submitting your paper or requesting advising help.

  1. Who are the EWC Advising and the Paper Submission services for?
    These services are for only for currently registered UMUC students; you will need to provide your Student (Empl) ID number to verify your status.
  2. How soon can I expect to receive feedback?
    Writing advisors usually respond within 48 hours. However, during unusually busy periods, the response time may be longer. Please plan accordingly to ensure that your paper can be reviewed. Read about the paper submission cap.

Working with a Writing Advisor

Have realistic expectations prior to submitting an assignment or scheduling an advising appointment.

  1. Allow at least 48 hours for turn-around on drafts submitted to writing advisors for feedback.
    If your paper is due tomorrow, then you should plan to work with a writing advisor on your next paper. It's too late to seek help this time. When you receive a draft back from a writing advisor, you will have to do additional work to complete the final draft.
  2. Expect appropriate kinds of help.
    Think of writing advisors as coaches rather than auto mechanics. Advisors are trained to help you perform better as a writer—not to correct problems in a paper for you.
  3. Be clear and complete in describing your assignment.
    Clearly explaining your assignment will help you to write a better paper. It will also enable the writing advisor to work smart. If you have a printed copy of your assignment, copy or cut-and-paste it into your Request for Writing Help.
  4. Explain what you need help with.
    Writing advisors can suggest improvements for you to make in your paper, but they are not permitted to rewrite, edit, or proofread for you. Because some writers have difficulty recognizing problem areas in their writing, advisors might model editing of a small section of a paper. But they will leave it to you to edit the rest of your draft yourself by following their model.
  5. PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with UMUC Policy 150.25-Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism, EWC staff will report any suspected plagiarism or other academic dishonesty to the faculty member teaching the course.

A Note About the EWC Paper Submission Cap

Because of staffing limitations, we can only accept a certain number of requests per day. If you are unable to submit your paper, then we have hit that daily cap. This time around, please consult the many writing resources available to you in our Student Resources section.

Please understand that as the EWC experiences unprecedented growth, we are doing our best to ensure that we maintain the quality of our advice. We appreciate your understanding and support. If you or your professor has any questions about this policy, please e-mail writingcenter@umuc.edu.