For Students

The Writing Center is fully committed to helping all Western Michigan University students better understand writing related issues and better execute effective writing strategies at all stages of the writing process. Regardless of the course, the field of study or the level of experience, if you are working on writing, we want to help!

WMU's Office of Student Conduct seeks to promote academic honesty among all members of the university community. In doing so, they provide students with brief definitions of some common violations of academic honesty, including, cheating, fabrication, falsification, forgery, multiple submission, complicity, academic computer misuse and plagiarism.

The Office of Student Conduct defines plagiarism as intentionally, knowingly, or carelessly presenting the work of another as one's own. Visit the Office of Student Conduct to learn more information about WMU's policy on academic dishonesty.

At the Writing Center, we understand that students face a number of challenges that can make plagiarism difficult to avoid, detect and correct--from confusion about proper source incorporation to unfamiliarity with citation styles to different cultural understandings about source acknowledgement. Fortunately, our consultants are trained to help you recognize potential instances of plagiarism. We want to help each client understand plagiarism in a safe environment and to empower each client to correct such instances in their own writing.

Non-course related writing
We work with clients on a number of professional and creative writing endeavors, not just academic writing. Many of our consultants have extensive experience in creative writing, as well as constructing cover letters, resumes, CVs, personal statements, teaching statements, etc.

Off campus consultations
While we prefer in person consultations, we do offer phone consultations for those who cannot reasonably visit the Writing Center’s location during its hours of operation. When making your appointment, please indicate a phone consultation and provide your phone number.

Thesis and dissertation writing
We certainly are willing to help graduate students who are working on their thesis or dissertation projects. Please keep in mind that, because of the length of these particular documents, we strongly encourage you to make multiple appointments over the course of several weeks. Don’t try to squeeze your entire dissertation into just one consultation!

Group work

  • Group consultation: Schedule a day/time for an appointment in which all of your group members can visit the Writing Center together so that each writer is present for the discussion about his/her particular section.
  • Several individual consultations: If unable to schedule a day/time that works for all your group members, try scheduling several separate consultations over the course of a week or two so that each individual writer can come in and work on his/her particular part of the project.