Possible Extended Time on Assignments Policy
In certain situations extended time on course assignments may be a reasonable accommodation because one’s medical or clinical situation poses challenges to completing the assignment by deadlines with short notice. Those assignments with longer notice are a time management issue and not a disability related issue. For the short notice assignment extension specifically, Disability Services recommends this accommodation when:
- An assignment was not listed on the syllabus initially and is given to students with one week or less to complete and/or
- The assignment deadline is listed on the syllabus but students do not get the necessary information to complete it until there is one week or less to the deadline.
First and foremost, Disability Services promotes good time and project management skills as well as effective decision-making. This accommodation does not address inefficiencies in these areas. Thus, Disability Services position is that assignments with more than one week to complete can be done successfully with proper management and planning and need not warrant an accommodation.
Disability Services requires students to present the accommodation letter and initiate a conversation with the instructor within the first 2 weeks of the course
- Accommodations are not meant to be retroactive. Missed assignments that occur prior to the instructor receiving the accommodation letter are not covered under the accommodation process. Disability Services recommends that those missed assignments be handled in accordance with the course assignment policy.
- Deadline date adjustments must be pre-arranged with the instructor. Assignments cannot be submitted whenever desired.
- Each outstanding assignment should be discussed individually.
Students must factor in the reality of their own personal situation and use time effectively to complete assignments. For example, if a student is prone to frequent migraine headaches and waits to the last day to complete an assignment, having a last minute migraine headache may not be an effective reason to extend a deadline. Adequate work should have been done prior to the fact in order to avoid such a situation knowing that the possibility of a migraine existed. This accommodation does not correct poor time management skills or decision-making.
When listed on the accommodation letter, course instructors are asked to determine whether an assignment falls into one of two categories:
Category 1: An assignment was listed on the syllabus initially and the necessary information was given out with at least a week’s notice (accommodation not applicable)
Category 2: The assignment was not listed on the syllabus initially and the deadline for completion is less than one week and/or the information necessary to complete the assignment was given less than one week prior to due date (accommodation applicable).