Personal Items

In order to minimize clutter and congestion around computers (and the likelihood of inadvertently unplugging a machine or tripping over stuff) clients are encouraged to leave their books and backpacks in the designated shelves. Only the actual materials needed to write and valuables (purses, wallets, etc.) should be taken to the computers.

Computer Software

The UWC uses the Microsoft Office for Mac 2016 suite of applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Two of our computers are also equipped with Adobe Creative Cloud.  All other word-processing applications, miscellaneous programs, or games are strictly prohibited.

Computer Use

Only one person at a time is permitted to work at each word processor; if a neighboring computer is unoccupied, a client may use that chair to help a fellow client (but only if that computer is not needed). Clients seeking significant help with work in progress should print a paper copy and move to the conference area. Clients taking more than a very brief break (to the bathroom, for example) should relinquish their machines. Although this policy should be enforced at all times, it is especially important that we do so during “peak use” time when the demand for machines is great.

Computer and Printing Problems

Ask the writing center staff to assist you if you need help ejecting a flash drive. Do not shut down a computer without checking with the writing center staff. Do not view inappropriate web sites. Clients should print no more than 10 pages per visit. If more pages need to be printed, the library printers should be used. If a document does not print, please do not keep clicking the print button on the computer. If you are having problems with the printers please ask assistance from the writing center staff.


Clients should not use the phone at any time in the University Writing Center. Clients should go outside if they need to use their phones. Phones should be turned off or silenced during conferences. Interns and staff are not to use the UWC front desk phone for personal calls unless it is an emergency. Clients and staff are not to leave the UWC phone number as a number at which they may receive calls.