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APA Style: APA at Walden

APA at Walden

The chief academic officer at Walden University along with faculty across programs have designated the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for style and citation matters starting summer term in 2020. This style guide is comprehensive and focused on preparing a document for coursework and publication.

Throughout 2020, the Writing Center will be revising our resources to reflect changes between APA 6 and APA 7. Please consult our APA 7 Transition webpage for more information and help.

Gender-Neutral Pronouns Policy

Walden University prides itself as an inclusive institution that serves a diverse population of students. Committed to broadening the university’s understanding of inclusivity and diversity, Walden will now accept gender-neutral pronouns in student writing. This practice acknowledges APA’s recent endorsement of the singular "they" and also embraces alternative pronouns currently in circulation (e.g., the nominatives xe, ve, ze/zir, ey, and zhe and their associated derivations). Walden recognizes that discussion around gender identity is ongoing. As such, the university will accept any pronoun in student writing so long as evidence can be provided that it is accepted as a respectful term by the community it represents.

For more information, please read our blog post, "Inclusive Language Policy Announcement."

People-First and Identity-First Language Policy

Walden University respects the evolving endorsements of communities and self-advocacy groups. As such, while the American Psychological Association (2010) recommends using people-first language when addressing persons with disabilities (e.g., children with ADHD; p. 76), Walden also recognizes that certain groups or subgroups thereof prefer identity-first language (e.g., autistic children). To this end, the university will accept people-first and identity-first language in student writing so long as evidence can be provided that it is accepted as a respectful term by the community it represents.

For more information, please read our blog post, "Inclusive Language Policy Announcement."

Running Head Policy

Back in April 2016, CAO Eric Reidel announced that Walden University students would no longer use running heads in their course papers despite APA 6's recommendations to include a running head. APA 7 now no longer requires the running head in student papers, so Walden University will continue this approach. Our paper templates are formatted without running heads.

The page number in the top right-hand corner of the page is still required.