Appointment Policies



Making an Appointment

Please keep in mind that when making appointments with us, you may schedule up to three appontments per week, up to 50 minutes per day during the regular semester (maximum of 2 appointments per week in the summer). In order to maintain this policy, all clients must book their own appointments via WCOnline - excepting Himmelfarb clients.

See our page on Appointments to learn more about scheduling a time to meet with us!

Cancelling an Appointment

If you are unable to keep an appointment you've scheduled, please cancel that appointment through our online system or call our front desk (during regular business hours) at (202) 994-3765. At least three-hours notice is required for cancellations. For example, a 2:00PM appointment must be cancelled before 11:00AM. If you cannot give us three-hours notice, your session will be marked as a missed appointment. We appreciate the courtesy of a call even for missed appointments, as other students may be able to sign up for that session in your absence.

Missed Appointments

Appointments will be held for ten minutes. If you haven't arrived (or called in) for your appointment within ten minutes of when it was scheduled to start, we will mark it as missed, so that other students who may be waiting to work with a consultant on a drop-in basis can use that time. 

Because we recognize that last-minute changes can arise in your schedule, we allow up to three missed appointments per semester. After the third missed appointment, your WCOnline account will be disabled; for the remainder of the current semester, you will no longer be able to schedule appointments in advance. You are still welcome, however, to come in for drop-in appointments, as available.


The above policies and procedures have been developed in collaboration with student writers, consultants, faculty, and administrators to strengthen the GW Writing Center's commitment to ethical writing practices and to provide clear expectations of the Center's mission in practice. Feel free to contact the Writing Center director at [email protected] if you have any questions.