During a consultation, a writer may share documents and information with the consultant to facilitate a conversation about the writing project. The UWC does not save any of these materials. Furthermore, all consultations are confidential, and we do not share any details from the conversation, with three notable exceptions:
- A writer may choose to share the consultation note with a course instructor. This note will describe what was discussed and worked on during the consultation session. Writers make this choice and share the instructor’s name and email address when checking in for the appointment.
- Texas State Law requires all employees (both faculty and staff) at a public or private post-secondary institution to promptly report any knowledge of any incidents of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, or stalking “committed by or against a person who was a student enrolled at or an employee of the institution at the time of the incident.” UWC consultants are mandatory reporters, meaning that if a writer discloses such an incident during a consultation, either orally or in written text, consultants are legally required to report it. For more information about Title IX Reporting at UT, click here.
- A consultant may choose to discuss a consultation considered “problematic” with the administrative team. Problematic consultations typically are conversations in which the consultant is made to feel uncomfortable or unsafe, or consultations in which a writer explicitly expresses dissatisfaction, frustration, or anger. We share this information in order to protect our staff and to identify areas of improvement for consultant training.
The exit survey at the end of your consultation is a chance to let your consultant know how they are doing. UWC administrators will review the exit surveys periodically and help consultants learn from the feedback they’ve received. Your honest responses help the UWC improve the way we work with writers.