Return to: Walden Tempo Learning® Policies
See also Section 6 in the Walden University Student Handbook.
Walden University programs are designed to permit students to pursue their studies full time while managing the many responsibilities they have as adult professionals. The university will, however, consider a student’s request for a leave of absence (LOA) if the student is experiencing hardships that make effective academic progress unusually difficult. An LOA is defined as a temporary break (1–5 calendar months) from academic registration with a clear intent to return to the program of study.
Tempo Learning® Leave of Absence (LOA) Policy
If approved, a student may request an LOA during any 3-month subscription term to begin on the first day of a new term.
LOAs may only be taken for dates between subscription terms. If students wish to leave the program prior to the end of their term, they may withdraw from the term with the understanding that there may be implications to SAP, Financial Aid, and academic standing. The LOA would begin after their scheduled term end date.
Students must identify the date when they intend to return from LOA. The return date must align with the start of any new subscription term, which is the first Monday of any month.
Requesting a Leave of Absence
Students in Tempo Learning® programs must contact their Academic Coach to verify that the university has done everything it can to help them continue their studies. Students may request a leave of absence by providing a statement in writing to their Academic Coach indicating the day they wish to begin their LOA, the reason for the LOA, as well as the date they wish to return. If unforeseen circumstances prevent a student from providing a prior written request, Walden University can document its decision to grant a student’s leave of absence request, as long as the written request is received from the student before the end of the 30-day nonengagement period for the respective subscription term in which the LOA will take effect.
The registrar’s office will notify the student, Faculty SME, or Academic Coach (if applicable).
Time students spend on leave of absence counts toward students’ program length. If students request a leave of absence during a time when their program deadline will expire they must first file an appeal for an extension of their program deadline and have it approved prior to the leave of absence being granted.
Students are only permitted to take a leave of absence totaling up to 5 months in any 12-month period.
Failure to Return From Leave of Absence
For Tempo Learning® students, Walden will consider the official withdrawal date for a student not returning from an LOA to be the day before the scheduled return date. If this action is taken, the student, Academic Coach, and Bursar will be notified.