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Conduct: Classroom

The guidelines and policies that follow are designed to provide faculty and students with a common understanding of Walden’s expectations on important issues in the classroom. Such guidelines and policies grow out of Walden’s values of quality, integrity, and student-centeredness, to better define how these values are put to work at Walden. They are meant to provide a framework of student expectations.

Please note that these are general university guidelines and policies. Specific programs or courses may have different or more stringent guidelines or policies in some areas. Students and faculty members should refer to the course syllabus for the guidelines and policies for each specific course.

Student attendance and engagement

Walden University recognizes that many students elect to pursue a distance learning degree for its temporal and geographic flexibility. Walden further recognizes that students are adult learners with varied personal and professional responsibilities, in addition to their obligations as students. Walden also holds that learning is a combination of individual study and engagement with other learners in a structured learning environment. Therefore, Walden expects that students meet their academic obligations with a high level of responsibility and timeliness.

Participation in online discussion

Walden recognizes that online discussion can serve varied curricular and instructional purposes, such as student seminars, role-playing, and review of draft assignments. These varied purposes yield varied requirements for students’ and faculty members’ presence in discussion areas. Walden requires that these varied requirements be explicitly communicated to students and that expectations communicated be fulfilled by both faculty members and students.

Student responsibility for technology

Students are responsible for reviewing and understanding Walden University’s technology policies, as outlined in the Walden University Student Handbook. Of note, students are required to have a technology backup plan should circumstances dictate its use. Except in very unusual situations, grade changes, late assignments, tuition refund requests, and the like that are based on technology failure or on occurrences resulting in technology failure will not be considered.  

Student responsibility for technology backup plan

Students are responsible for a technology backup plan should circumstances dictate its use. Except in very unusual situations, grade changes, late assignments, tuition refund requests, and the like that are based on technology failure or on occurrences resulting in technology failure will not be considered.