2018–2019 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2018) 
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2018–2019 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Requesting Leniency Based on Illness or Injury

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Walden University is committed to providing equal opportunity to its educational services, programs, and activities in accordance with federal and state law, including access to official Walden University information and communication technology resources. Please contact disability@mail.waldenu.edu to discuss any accessibility concerns.

Walden’s online courses are designed to allow students ample time to complete assignments even during times of illness or injury. However, some medical conditions may result in temporary impairment and may require leniency for a limited amount of time. These conditions do not include routine health issues, which should be manageable without any leniency because of the built-in flexibility of Walden’s online courses. Further, not all medical conditions meet eligibility requirements for registration with Disability Services. Though not considered a qualifying disability, some medical conditions that are transitory (lasting less than 6 months) or are minor may be considered sufficient enough to require leniency and may include surgery, accidents, severe illness, or any other significant medical condition that temporarily impairs regular attendance, academic performance, or certain major life activities. See Walden’s Request for Leniency procedure and form to address temporary medical conditions. If students feel that they have experienced a temporary impairment that has affected 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 determines if any delay in submission is acceptable, whether or not explained by a medical issue. While the duration of the temporary impairment may be a factor, it is not the only factor in determining whether granting short-term leniency on deadlines or more extensive accommodations through Disability Services is appropriate. If students are unsure whether or not they may have a qualifying disability, they should contact Disability Services to determine whether an accommodation is available.  

Each situation under this policy will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Faculty members will 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, students should submit medical documentation to medicaldocumentation@mail.waldenu.edu 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 members who receive 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 medicaldocumentation@mail.waldenu.edu with originals retained to avoid mishandling of medical documentation. Do not send medical documentation directly to faculty members. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Disability Services.