2022–2023 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2022) 
    Feb 02, 2023  
2022–2023 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2022)

Process for Petitions, Appeals, Grievances, and Complaints

Return to: Section 3. Student Expectations and Responsibilities  

This Walden University Student Handbook  describes policies and procedures for matters including but not limited to academic policies, transfer-of-credit evaluations, admissions, grade appeals, and the Student Code of Conduct. When an outcome is not to students’ satisfaction or expectation, students may initiate a number of types of academic and other requests, including expressions of concern. Students may initiate this process by submitting the proper online form to the Student Success Advising Team.

Students should consult specific sections of this Walden University Student Handbook for the circumstances around a given request. The university always attempts to provide a prompt response; however, the complexity of the request and procedure for resolution may determine the time frame for arriving at a decision as necessary.

Note: Also see the Petitions for Policy Exceptions  section of this Walden University Student Handbook.

The types of student-initiated requests are as follows:

  • Petition: A petition is the vehicle used in requesting a waiver of a particular institutional policy due to events beyond one’s control and or legitimate circumstances that render a particular policy as not applicable.
  • Academic Appeal: An academic appeal is a request to have an academic policy-related decision of the university reconsidered on the sole grounds that the original decision made was noncompliant with established university procedure or that reconsideration be granted based on new information pertinent to the original request.
  • Grade Appeal: A grade appeal is an appeal that is limited to reconsideration of a final grade in a course. The criteria for reconsideration are limited to mathematical error in the calculation of the final grade, that the grade was determined in a manner that differed from the grade calculation formula in the course syllabus, or that the grade was determined in a manner sufficiently egregious to warrant review by others (rare).
  • Grievance: A grievance is a formal announcement from an individual to the university that a violation of university policy or procedure has allegedly occurred of sufficient gravity that the grievant has been impacted negatively. The grievance may be directed toward the university, a staff member, or a student.
  • Complaint: A complaint is a notice from the complainant to the university that he or she is not satisfied with a level of service, some inconvenience, technical support, or other matter that the complainant feels has detracted from his or her student experience. The university regards all such complaints as important to the improvement of the Walden student experience.