Cancellations, No-Shows, and Walk-Ins

What if I can't make it to my 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, 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:

What is the Writing Lab's 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 more paper reading appointments that semester.

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

May I visit the Writing Lab 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 might be available to 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 close to the end of the semester,  you might not be allowed to sign up for a walk-in if there are already more people waiting in line than paper readers can reasonably expect to accommodate.

No paper readings will begin during the last 40 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 4:20 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 the contract to your professor. The 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. You may visit the Lab as a walk-in as many times as you like during the semester.

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 might be able to help you.

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