Return to: Student and Faculty Guidelines for the Classroom
Walden’s standard grading policy will be used in each course. For more information, see the Course Grading Scales section in the Walden University Student Handbook.
For the specific grading policies and standards of each course, please review the course syllabus and any course assignment rubrics which may be included in the course materials.
Walden expects students to submit assignments in a timely fashion according to schedules published in course information (syllabi and/or calendars). Assignments submitted late due to agreements between student and instructor for preplanned absences and due to emergency absences do not normally receive any grade reduction for tardiness. The university recommends that late assignments be accepted no more than a week past their due dates.
Assignments submitted late without prior agreement of the instructor, outside of an emergency absence, or in violation of agreements for late submission, may receive grade reduction for the assignment, or may not be accepted for grading, at the discretion of the instructor and as published in course syllabi. Further, late assignments may not receive the same level of written feedback as do assignments submitted on time. A pattern of chronic lateness in submitting assignments may result in a reduction in the course grade.
Walden strongly discourages grades of I (Incomplete). However, Walden understands that there are certain circumstances under which a grade of I (Incomplete) is appropriate.
Grades of I (Incomplete) are given at the discretion of the instructor, but normally are granted only if students have acceptably completed approximately 80% of the coursework, including discussions and assignments, prior to the last day of the class. Students must request a grade of I (Incomplete) prior to the last day of the course. Such a request should include a list of missing assignments and a date and plan for submission of missing assignments, no later than 60 calendar days from the last date of the course. Discussion assignments may not be made up after the last date of class. Coursework submitted within the allowed time period, not to exceed 60 calendar days from the last day of classes, will be graded and included in computation of an overall course grade that will replace the I grade. Failure to complete the specified coursework within the allowed time will cause the grade of I to default to an F (Fail) or U (Unsatisfactory), depending on the course grading scheme.