Grammarly for Faculty and Staff

Grammarly for Education will be available starting in Fall 2022 for Marshall students, faculty, and staff, including both undergraduate and graduate students. To learn more about Grammarly, visit

Grammarly’s writing assistant software can help you improve and proofread your writing in papers, emails, Blackboard, theses/dissertations, and almost all other settings. It can also help faculty who teach courses that involve writing by providing another source of assistance to students and analyzing student usage.

On this page, you can learn How to Access and Install Grammarly, read Tips on how to get the most from Grammarly, and see Frequently asked questions.

Tips to get the most out of Grammarly

Grammarly is an assistant, not a manager. Think about each suggestion in context. You will immediately see that some suggestions are correct. Others require more consideration. No writing assistant can match the understanding of a human author, and Grammarly will occasionally make suggestions that don’t fit your writing goals.
The Learn More feature appears for many suggestions. Use this to see a detailed explanation of the reason behind the suggestion. Example screenshot:
Screenshot of a Grammarly suggestion that shows the 'Learn more' link.
Use the Dismiss icon (often a trash can) to tell Grammarly you have rejected a suggestion. Over time, Grammarly can adjust its personal recommendations for you based this feedback.
Within Grammarly, use the Set Goals feature to choose the Audience, Formality, Domain, and Intent of your writing. This helps Grammarly customize its suggestions based on the kind of writing you want to produce.


In most cases, you will find Grammarly “just works”. If you do encounter issues, you can contact Grammarly using the website
For a number of years, faculty and students have been requesting tools to help review their writing for spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes. Modern writing assistants go beyond simple proofreading to make meaningful suggestions on tone, usage, and other aspects of writing. We believe the availability of high quality writing assistant software will save faculty and student effort while leading to better writing at Marshall.
During the 2021–2022 academic year, Information Technology and Academic Affairs organized a committee to review grammar checking software. The committee had representatives from the Writing Center, Writing Across the Curriculum, the English department, the Academic English program, the Libraries, the ETD Review Team, and Graduate Council.

The committee considered several products, including Grammarly and Microsoft Editor. Based on the features available and the quality of the suggestions the software provided, the committee recommended adopting Grammarly across the entire university. Particular features that led to this recommendation include:

  • Explanations for many suggestions: Grammarly can play an educational role, not only a proofreading role.
  • High quality suggestions: Grammarly has useful suggestions both for novice writers and experts. The suggestions on sentence structure and tone go beyond simple spell checking.
  • Grammarly has tools for faculty to review the usage by their students and identify frequently occurring issues. Additional training and information will be publicized during Fall 2022 for these features!
  • The “Set Goals” ability to give advice on tone and level of formality can benefit all writers.
If you have a Grammarly account using your Marshall email address, Grammarly will usually detect this, and you may be eligible for a refund on the rest of your subscription. For assistance with previous subscriptions, please contact Grammarly Support directly.

Faculty and Staff: How to access Grammarly

  1. Visit with a web browser.
  2. Log in with your Marshall credentials, if requested.
  3. Faculty with a teaching assignment in Fall 2022, and all librarians, already have a license and can go directly to the next step. Other faculty and employees can immediately activate a license by following the following process:
    1. At the top of the site, click in “My Apps” and select “My Access” from the menu that appears. Screenshot:

    2. Select “Request” for the “Grammarly Access” item.
    3. Access will be automatically granted (up to the large number of licenses Marshall has available).
  4. At the site, under “My Apps”, look for the Grammarly logo. Screenshot:
    Screenshot of the Grammarly icon, a green circle with a white G in the center.

  5. This will take you to the Grammarly web editor. You can edit documents using this site, or install Grammarly on your personal device.
  6. To install Grammarly, use the “Apps” link on the left side of the page. You can install Grammarly for your operating system, web browser, Microsoft Word, and iPhone or Android phone. You can choose which apps to install, and don’t have to install all of them. You can install the apps on multiple devices, as long as you log in to Grammarly with your Marshall account when requested. Screenshot:
    Screenshot of the interface of the Grammarly web editor showing 'My Grammarly', 'Trash', 'Account', and 'Apps'.

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