Answered By: Emily Dahlen
Last Updated: Nov 05, 2018     Views: 340

Students can submit petitions concerning the required doctoral writing assessment for the reasons listed below. Documentation for each item as described in the list below must accompany petition requests. Documentation information provided with petition requests may be verified. Petitions without all required documentation will not be considered. 

Students cannot submit petitions requesting review of essays after the essay assignment due date posted in the DRWA-8000G/8001G course; petitions claiming confusion about the essay due date; or petitions indicating the student was not informed of the doctoral writing assessment requirement.

  • To request a second review of the assessment essay score, submit the standard Student Petition Request Form available on your MyWalden portal and a written explanation of 150-200 words specifying reasons why the essay should have scored differently in the DRWA-8000G/8001G course rubric categories. 
  • To request a delay for one of your required writing courses by one term, submit the standard Student Petition Request Form available on your MyWalden portal specifying reasons why the delay is needed. Please note that students may receive approval for this petition only once. If a student is required to complete two writing courses as part of this assessment, that student may use this petition one time only for approval to delay one of those required courses by one term only. Students may not petition to delay both required writing courses. Petitions to delay a required writing course must be submitted before or during Week 1 of the writing course you wish to delay. Petitions requesting delay submitted after Week 1 will not be reviewed.
  • To request a second opportunity to enroll in DRWA-8000G/8001G, submit the standard Student Petition Request Form available on your MyWalden portal specifying the reasons why reenrollment is needed. In that the Walden Writing Assessment team sends multiple e-mail messages about the assessment requirement to students’ Walden e-mail accounts in the weeks before and during DRWA-8000G/8001G, students cannot submit petitions indicating they were not informed of the doctoral writing assessment requirement.
  • To request an extension of the requirement’s 1-year timeline to complete writing support course(s) required based on the assessment essay score, submit the standard Student Petition Request Form available on your MyWalden portal specifying reasons why the extension is needed.

Submit all documentation for your petition as described above to your academic advisor. Please note, per policy, your petition may not be considered if the incident occurred beyond 30 days ago. Petition decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis and the relevance and reliability of provided documentation. Petitions will be processed within 10-15 working days of the doctoral writing assessment team’s receipt of all required documentation. If you have questions about the doctoral writing assessment petitions process, please contact us at writingassessment@mail.waldenu.edu.

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