The UGA Writing Center's Mission Statement

The Writing Center maintains a strong commitment to the excellence of all UGA students. We understand that writing is critical to excellence both in the classroom and in the professional future of each student we encounter, regardless of academic interests. We seek to assist students in understanding the writing process, elaborating on their ideas and theories, and evaluating and editing their own work.

Our Policies

  • All students (undergraduate and graduate) may make up to two appointments a week in the Writing Center. All locations are considered in this count (e.g., you may have one appointment in the Science Library and one appointment in Park 66, not two appointments in each location).

  • All students (undergraduate and graduate) may make 30-minute or 45-minute appointments.
  • If you realize you cannot make your appointment, please cancel it online at least twelve hours before your scheduled start time. Appointments cannot be modified within that twelve-hour window and will count as a no-show if missed.(If you need to cancel within the 12-hour window due to illness or an emergency, please email us at WritingCenter@uga.edu.)

  • Students are allowed one no-show per semester. After the second no-show, you will not be allowed to use the Writing Center system for the rest of the semester.

  • Appointments must be for currently enrolled students (or recent graduates), and the writing worked on must be for the person making the appointment. Students are not allowed to schedule appointments for other people or attend sessions with other people's writings.
  • When making an appointment to receive online feedback, please be sure to attach your work as a Word document. Failure to attach your work may result in your appointment being cancelled. 

  • Please note consultants will not proofread or edit papers for visitors. Consultants are happy to work with students to improve proofreading and editing skills,  but this process involves the student asking questions and actively learning from the consultant. Students coming to the Writing Center for help with proofreading should know that the process is a slow one, meaning one session may not be enough time to work through the student's entire paper.

  • Writing Center consultants cannot guess (or critique) a letter grade for writing brought into the Center. We ask that our visitors please remember this and not ask consultants to say what grade they believe a piece of writing should earn. 

  • Students are allowed to have only one Writing Center account.

  • If a student is caught breaking any Writing Center rule, the student may face the loss of Writing Center privileges.

Finally:

  • Please be on time to your appointment, ready to collaborate with your consultant and learn the skills that will help you improve your own writing.