This Walden University Student Handbook describes policies and procedures for matters including but not limited to academic policies, transfer-of-credit evaluations, admissions, grade appeals, and the Student Code of Conduct. When an outcome is not to students’ satisfaction or expectation, students may initiate a number of types of academic and other requests, including expressions of concern. Students may initiate this process by submitting the proper online form to the Student Success Advising Team.
Students should consult specific sections of this Walden University Student Handbook for the circumstances around a given request. The university always attempts to provide a prompt response; however, the complexity of the request and procedure for resolution may determine the time frame for arriving at a decision as necessary.
Note: Also see the Petitions for Policy Exceptions section of this Walden University Student Handbook.
The types of student-initiated requests are as follows:
Excluding matters covered under the policies regarding academic appeals related to the Code of Conduct, grievances, transfer-of-credit evaluations, admission, and grade appeals, all exceptions to university policies must be formally petitioned within 30 calendar days of the last day of classes of the academic term in which the situation occurred, using the Student Petition Request Form. Students can access this form from the Student Request Forms tab of their portal, under Support. Supporting documentation must accompany all petitions. All supporting documentation must be submitted within the same 30-calendar-day time frame as the petition in order for the request to be considered. There will be no consideration of any petitions or supporting materials beyond 30 calendar days of the last day of classes for the term.
The student bears the responsibility to submit all relevant documentation, including email correspondence, curriculum materials, and external documents supporting the petition, to their student success advisor, via email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once the petition is received, an student success advisor will review and verify the submitted documentation. The advisor may contact any of the parties named in the petition to verify information. The advisor will determine whether or not the petition falls into the category of an exception to university policies.
After the documentation has been verified, the student success advisor will forward it to the student’s dean or executive director or their designees, with a recommendation, if appropriate. The dean or executive director or their designees will review the information, make a decision recommendation to the bursar, notify the student in writing of the decision, and notify any relevant university offices. The decision of the bursar will be final.
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