Summer Policies

Making an Appointment

  • The University Writing Center's summer pilot project is funded by the Office of Academic Innovation and focuses primarily on students enrolled in GW's online courses. Students currently enrolled in online courses can schedule appointments up to one week (7 days) in advance.
  • Students in on-campus classes also have access to the Writing Center this summer if appointments remain open, and they may schedule appointments within 48 hours of a given session or come into the Center on a drop-in basis. For the summer sessions, students in on-campus courses cannot make appointments prior to the 48-hour window; appointments made before that time for this student population will be cancelled and can then be rescheduled within the correct timeframe. 
  • Appointments are available in 25 and 50-minute segments (shown as 30 and 60 minutes on the WCOnline scheduling system).
  • You can have up to two appointments per week, up to 50 minutes per day, during the summer session.

Students in online programs can also make appointments through the scheduling system and indicate a distance session. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, go online to mywconline or call (202) 994-3765. 

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 two-hours notice is required for cancellations. For example, a 2:00 PM appointment must be cancelled before 12:00 PM. If you cannot give us two-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.

Group Projects

We welcome small groups into the Center who are working on collaborative writing projects. For group-written assignments, we require that all group members attend the appointment to discuss the whole piece, because we can’t discuss the writing of a person who isn’t present. If you have written an individual section, we can meet with you individually to discuss that portion of the project only.

Take-Home Midterms and Final Exams

The Writing Center is happy to support your work on take-home essays assigned as midterms or finals, as long as your professor permits Writing Center help. For these types of projects, we must have an email from your professor giving you (or the entire class) permission to use the Center, because we want to respect the University’s Code of Academic Integrity. Ask your professor whether you have permission to use the Center for your take-home exam and, if so, to send us an email granting that approval. The email should include your name and the course title, and should be sent to [email protected]. We must have this email before your appointment begins.


The Writing Center honors the trust between consultant and client; confidentiality in relation to your academic work is maintained. We will not discuss the content of your appointment with your professor without your permission. Upon your request, we can provide verification of attendance to professors, as long as you engage in a good-faith contribution to the collaborative session. Please request that verification during the appointment itself (usually at the end).

Please see the Roles and Responsibilities section for additional policies.