Cancelling Your Paper Reading Appointment

You must cancel your appointment at least twenty-four hours in advance.  If you need to cancel your appointment while the Lab is closed, you may either call and leave a voicemail message or e-mail us.  Please give us your name, the date and time of your appointment, and the name of your Paper Reader.

If you do not cancel your appointment at least twenty-four hours in advance, then your appointment will count as a no-show.

A no-show means that no paper reading took place or that no 24-hour cancellation occurred. 

Be sure to contact the appropriate Lab location to cancel your appointment:

No-Show Policy

Your appointment will count as a no-show if you are more than 5 minutes late, or if you don't cancel your appointment at least twenty-four hours in advance.

If you receive two no-shows in a semester, then you will be unable to make any other Paper Reading Appointments that semester.

A Lab assistant may still be available to read your paper, but you'll have to come in as a walk-in.


All Paper Reading appointments are available on a "walk-in" basis.  Being a "walk-in" means you do not have a scheduled appointment, but that a Lab assistant could read your paper if the assistant's original client doesn't show up.

Walk-ins must fill out a walk-in slip in person and visit us every hour on the hour to see if a Lab assistant is available. Please keep in mind that, on certain days, especially closer to the end of the semester, a Lab assistant might not let you sign up for a walk-in based on how busy the Lab is on that particular day.

No paper readings will begin during the last 25 minutes before the Lab closes for the day.  For example, since the Lab normally closes at 5 p.m., no paper readings will begin after 4:35 p.m.

If we are able to read your paper as a walk-in, the Paper Reader will have to stop reading 10-20 minutes before the top of the hour, regardless of when he or she began.  The Lab assistant will spend this time completing a Paper Reading Contract for your professor.  The Paper Reader will e-mail this contract to your professor, and this document will prove that a paper reading took place and will summarize what you and the Lab assistant discussed and revised during the appointment.

You may fill out only one walk-in slip at a time.  If you fill out one walk-in slip, you may not fill out another until after you have been seen as a walk-in.  But you may visit the Lab as a walk-in as many times as you like.

We cannot guarantee that all walk-ins will get their papers read, nor can we always guarantee when Lab assistants would be available for walk-ins.  But if you visit us as a walk-in, we will do our best to determine if and when we would be able to help you.