Inadequate Writing Competency (IWC) Notation

Writing Competency Requirement

To be eligible for graduation, all St. Lawrence students must demonstrate throughout their college careers the ability to write prose that their professors judge to be competent.

  • Each semester when reporting grades, faculty will note an IWC (inadequate writing competency) and submit a writing sample for students who have not shown satisfactory writing skills. The faculty member also will submit the diagnostic IWC report. Students who receive one IWC will receive an email from the Academic Advising Office outlining writing support programs.
  • If students receive a second IWC notation, they must either: a) pass a .5 writing workshop course within the next two semesters, or b) satisfactorily fulfill a plan for writing improvement as specified by the Director of the WORD Studio. The students’ advisor also will be notified of the two IWC notations and of the plan for improvement.
  • Any student who does not develop and begin working on a plan for writing improvement in the semester following receipt of the second IWC will receive a dean’s hold and be unable to register. That student will have to meet with the Associate Dean for Academic Advising to agree on a plan for writing improvement to be carried out in the upcoming semester. Any student who fails to fulfill a plan for writing improvement in the second semester after receipt of a second IWC will be suspended.
  • Any student with three or more IWCs must take and pass a .5 writing workshop course. If the student has already taken the writing workshop, the student must create and execute a new plan for writing improvement with the Director of the WORD Studio.
  • The notations of IWC are monitored by the registrar and do not appear on student official transcripts.