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Academic Experiences COVID-19

Message from the Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Helping our students balance health and academic goals during this time

Dear Walden Student,

As we all know, this past year has been challenging, and I want to recognize that your resilience throughout the pandemic has been very impressive. I also want to make sure you know that we will continue to support you in achieving your educational goals as things evolve.

For students using Canvas:

We continue to offer some flexibility for any disruption you may be facing, by providing leniency in coursework submission deadlines, with the approval of your faculty. These requests have become far less common, so I want to remind students to work with faculty in advance of assignment deadlines to create agreed-upon timetables for completing coursework. These revised timetables should be agreed in writing, through email.

For Tempo students:

The approach already provides a great deal of flexibility, although we understand this may not be enough in some cases. If you find you need to explore options regarding flexibility, please contact your Academic Coach or discuss these concerns in your next regularly scheduled appointment. Revised expectations should be agreed in writing, through email. You can find your Academic Coach’s email address at the top of your Tempo portal page.

While all students must complete the requirements for a course or competency to earn credit, we will continue to provide the necessary flexibility you need to be successful. We also want to be clear; Walden requires ongoing participation for you to maintain your federal financial aid eligibility.

  • If you anticipate that you will not be able to participate in the course for 30 consecutive days or more, you should contact your Student Success Advisor by going to the help icon in your student portal to schedule an appointment or send an email to If you are a Tempo student, you should contact your Academic Coach.

We understand that each student is adjusting to the continuing situation to the best of their ability, and in their own specific way. Some of us may continue to need a little extra help right now – and we are here to support you in whatever way we can. You may also contact the Student Assistance Program, which is also available internationally if needed.

As always, please stay safe and healthy.

Sue Subocz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer

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Updated September 30, 2021