Writing Check

Brown students are expected to communicate effectively in writing in all of their courses. If an instructor is concerned about a student's ability to write effectively, they may register their concern online in the form of a “writing check” at mid-semester or with the final grade. A checkmark then appears on the student's internal academic record next to the course in question; it does not appear on the official Brown transcript. No student with an unaddressed writing check on their internal academic record is eligible to graduate.

Once a writing check appears, students are instructed to meet with the Associate Director of the Writing Center, who will help them determine the best course of action to address their check. There are four ways for students to resolve a writing check:

  1. Enroll in Nonfiction Writing courses: (1) ENGL 0900, Critical Reading/ Writing I: The Academic Essay or (2) ENGL 1030, Critical Reading/ Writing II: Research Essay. When students successfully complete the course, the check is cleared.

  2. Enroll in a Writing Fellows course. When students successfully complete the course, the check is cleared.

  3. Meet with the Associate Director of the Writing Center to be connected with a Writing Advisor and to establish a writing schedule for the semester. Students usually work on a minimum of three writing assignments (at least 12-15 pages of writing in total). For each assignment, a student’s Writing Advisor will read and respond to a draft and then meet with them to talk about their revision plans. The check is cleared at the end of the semester after students schedule a reflective meeting with their Writing Advisors.

  4. If students receive no additional writing checks and complete a combination of 3 or more WRIT, English, Comparative Literature, or Literary Arts classes, their writing check will be cleared at the end of their 7th semester.

For Instructors: See the Sheridan Center's Guide to the Writing Check