Loyola University Chicago

Writing Program


Read a brief overview below of the policies the Writing Program's faculty members uphold, and click on the header link (or the subtabs in the left-hand margin) to learn more about the principles that guide our team's pedagogy.


Writing Intesive Designation

The College of Arts and Sciences requires all CAS students to take two Writing Intensive courses, which focus on discipline-specific writing, emphasizing the critical thinking necessary to write well in the discipline, the conventions of writing in the discipline (e.g., format and documentation), and writing as a process. For courses to be designated Writing Intesive, it must meet the Writing Program's minimum guidelines. Faculty and students alike are encouraged to explore this page for further information regarding the expectations for a Writing Intensive course at Loyola University Chicago.

Standards of Good Writing

A student's final grade in any Loyola writing course will be based on the quality of the student's writing, as demonstrated in papers and other assignments, on examinations and quizzes, and, at the instructor's discretion, on the level of a student's improvement and class participation. No student may receive a higher grade for the course than is commensurate with the quality of his or her writing. Students are encouraged to explore this page to see a breakdown in grades, which distinguishes between different levels of writing proficiency.

UCWR 110 Exemption

All Loyola undergraduate students are required to take UCWR 110: Writing Responsibly (a University Core required course) unless they meet the specific guidelines outlined by the Writing Program's exemption policy, which is outlined on this page.

Academic Grievance Procedures

With very rare exceptions, the final decision on all grades rests with the professor. Students have the right to protection, through fair procedures, against arbitrary and capricious academic evaluations. Arbitrary and capricious means that there is no relation between the grade given and the student's performance in the class and that a reasonable person could not find that the grade was deserved. Mere disagreement or dissatisfaction with a grade thus does not constitute a basis for grievance.

In order to provide a forum for the fair resolution of academic disputes involving individual student complaints of the appropriateness of course grades and accusations of academic dishonesty, procedures have been developed and will be applied to all cases involving Loyola undergraduate students.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest, and responsible manner. Academic integrity is a guiding principle for all academic activity at Loyola University Chicago, and all members of the University community are expected to act in accordance with this principle.

Written work presented for evaluation must be the student’s. Turning in work that is not your own or utilizing a source without a proper citation will result in a “0.” The student will not be allowed to resubmit the assignment and documentation of the incident will be reported to the dean’s office. This report is kept on file and repeat offenses will involve more serious consequences. Please see the above webpage for more information.