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Some medical conditions are temporarily disabling and may require leniency for a limited amount of time. These do not include routine health issues, which should be manageable without any leniency because of the built-in flexibility of Walden’s online courses. Such conditions may include surgery, accidents, severe illness, or any other significant medical condition that temporarily impairs regular attendance or academic performance. These conditions do not meet eligibility requirements for registration with Disability Services or for legally mandated accommodations. However, Walden University understands students who experience a health crisis may need leniency on deadlines for a short time. See Walden’s Request for Leniency procedure and form to address temporary medical conditions.
Walden’s online courses are designed to allow students ample time to complete assignments even during times of illness or injury. If students feel they have experienced an exceptionally challenging health issue that has impacted their ability to meet an assignment deadline or that has had major impact on their performance in a course, they may request that their instructor(s) consider offering them extra time.
The instructor alone determines if any delay in submission is acceptable, whether or not explained by a medical issue. Faculty are to not solicit medical documentation from students but may ask that claims of medical or related sensitive issues impacting a student’s ability to meet deadlines are verified by the university.
If so, submit medical documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org with a request for an e-mail verifying receipt of the documentation. Students are to include their name, student ID, course name and full course number, and name of the instructor. Faculty receiving unsolicited medical documentation from students are asked to avoid reading it and refer students to the above policy. E-mail attachments with medical documentation should be forwarded to email@example.com with originals retained to avoid mishandling of medical documentation. Do not send medical documentation directly to faculty.