Walden Writing Policies

In Walden’s writing-intensive environment, there are several in-house policies regarding style and other writing conventions. Some of these are below, and others will be specific to programs; be sure to contact your program leadership for additional guidance.

APA Information

All of Walden's programs and schools follow APA style, using the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (published in July 2009) or an abbreviated version of that manual.  

APA advice is available for you and your students on our APA page.

Keep these details in mind:

  • Walden prefers 12 pt. Times New Roman font.
  • Walden and APA allow for the use of first person where appropriate.
  • We maintain samples of the types of reference list entries that often occur in Walden papers.
  • Some assignments, particularly capstones, will require formatting that is slightly different from standard APA, especially on the title page and running head. These differences are clearly indicated in each assignment's guidelines and templates.
  • The Writing Center maintains a collection of preformatted templates for student use. These templates are continuously updated to reflect current program and APA standards. Contact Amber Cook if you would like to recommend additions or adjustments to these templates.

Plagiarism Policy

Details about Walden's academic integrity policy can be found in the student handbook as well as on our Academic Integrity and Turnitin page. Faculty and student resources on academic integrity appear in several locations. See this document for a directory of these resources. A few details:

  • Students can access Turnitin.com in two ways: through their classrooms or through the Writing Center. Detailed instructions on Turnitin drop boxes for classrooms are available in this tutorial and on the Faculty Resources area in eCampus.
  • In addition to the Turnitin function within Walden classrooms, the Writing Center also maintains a Turnitin "class" for student use. This drop box is a place for students to check their work for plagiarism and proper citation without saving the papers to the TII database. The Writing Center drop box is independent from your course TII, which offers you more administrative controls and saves submitted papers into the larger database.  
  • For questions about the academic integrity process or classroom Turnitin concerns, please contact codeofconduct@waldenu.edu. For questions about the Writing Center TII drop box, contact us atwritingsupport@waldenu.edu.

Writing Center Use Policies

For policies and processes regarding paper reviews, see our Tutoring page. Other Writing Center policies, including social media guidelines, are available on our student policies page. The final link on that page also includes ways students can show evidence of their use of different Writing Center services, should you request it.

Contact Us

Browse through an archive of recent faculty questions on APA, writing instruction, and Writing Center services on the WC Toolbox for Faculty.

Would you like to be informed of new Writing Center services and events? Contact amber.cook@waldenu.edu to be added to our faculty e-mail list!

For questions about tutoring services and Writing Center resources, contact Amber Cook at amber.cook@waldenu.edu

For questions about dissertations and form and style reviews, contact Martha King at martha.king@waldenu.edu