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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How can I make an appointment? 

We strongly encourage you to make an appointment to secure the day and time that works best for you. You can make an appointment by clicking here. We also accept walk-ins if a consultant is available.

 2. How long does a session last?

All sessions last up to 45 minutes in length.

 3. What should I expect to happen during my session?

When you arrive for your session, a trained peer consultant will sit down to work with you on your paper or project.  Your consultant will ask you what you want to focus on during your session, such as developing a thesis, organizing your ideas, etc. We work with writers at any stage of the writing process.  Some writers visit us before they have written anything in order to brainstorm ideas, while other writers come to the UWC with finished drafts.  Our goal by the end of the session is to help build your confidence as a writer.

 4. What should I bring with me to my session?

It’s always useful to bring a copy of the prompt or assignment if your professor gave you one, so that the consultant can better understand the project requirements.  We encourage writers to come in at any stage of the writing process, so you should also bring any ideas, notes, or drafts you’ve begun working on.

 5. What if I can't make it to my session or I'm running late?

Please cancel your session by clicking here with as much notice as possible. If you show up more than 15 minutes into your scheduled appointment time, you will forfeit your session. If you find that you are running late, please call the UWC at (410) 543-6332. 

 6. How frequently can I come to the UWC?

You can make up to 1 appointment per day, and up to 3 appointments per week (Sunday-Friday). If you have any questions about this policy, please email Dr. Melissa Bugdal, Director of the UWC, at

Additionally, we encourage writers to discuss one writing assignment per session so that writers and consultants have time to thoroughly focus on the text.

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7. What kind of writing can I bring to the UWC?

The consultants in the UWC are trained to help not only writers of English papers, but also writers in all disciplines. Writers bring in a wide array of assignments such as lab reports, PowerPoint presentations, research papers, lesson plans, personal statements for graduate school, scholarship applications, and much more. In fact, since the UWC opened in 2005, we have helped writers with papers assigned by nearly every department on campus.

While we can help with the majority of the writing you’re doing in your coursework, we are not able to help you with short answer homework assignments and take home exams unless you have explicit permission in writing from your instructor.

 8. Can I bring in a long paper or project?

Yes, but you may need more than one 45-minute session to discuss the entire project.  You can make multiple appointments for the same assignment, and you can schedule your appointments with the same consultant if you choose to.

 9. Can I come to the UWC with a group project?

Yes, but for group projects we recommend that all group members attend the session simultaneously. Our sessions are highly interactive—if one group member is designated to bring a paper to the UWC, that writer may not be equipped to answer all of the questions that come up during the session.

 10. Can I make an appointment if I take courses at an SU satellite campus or as part of an online program?

Yes, we offer online sessions to students enrolled at satellite sites and in online programs who do not come to the Salisbury campus on a regular basis.

Our online sessions are hosted through WCOnline, the same software where you make appointments.  Please see Online Sessions for more details about scheduling and attending an online session.

 11. How can I let my professor know I came to the UWC?

If you would like your professor to know you had a session at the UWC, you can request a self-assessment form at the end of your session. This form allows you to summarize your session and provides a place for your consultant’s signature, which you can then turn in to your professor.

 12. If the SU campus closes for inclement weather, what happens to my appointment?

Whenever the Salisbury campus is closed, the UWC will also be closed.  We will cancel your appointment, and you will receive an automated cancellation email.  We invite you to log in to WCOnline to schedule a new appointment.

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