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Assignment extensions up to five (5) days

Assignment extensions up to five (5) days

Assignment extensions of up to five (5) days is one of the accommodations offered by Student Accessibility Services (SAS). This accommodation is approved for students whose disability impacts their ability to complete academic assessments as scheduled on their course syllabi. Students with this accommodation have the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of the course learning outcomes without being unfairly penalized by the impact their disability may have on completing assignments within a specified period of time.

If a student has this as an approved accommodation, professors respond to such a request in good faith. Further medical documentation need not be requested. 

SAS approves the accommodation of assignment extensions, which indicates that there may be some occasions where an extension is appropriate and warranted. It is the duty of each student to communicate with their professor for each and every time the accommodation is required; these negotiations will generally occur prior to an assignment’s given deadline. However, this accommodation is not meant to be used for each and every assignment. While it is understood that professors will consider the needs of students when considering a request for a negotiated assignment deadline extension, it is also understood that the professor has the obligation to protect and preserve essential course requirements (i.e., submitting assignments after work has been taken up in a lab does not protect the integrity of the course). Details of the negotiated assignment deadline extension are provided in writing to avoid confusion by either party.

Once an extension has been granted, a student is responsible to complete and submit their assignment within the 5 day window. This 5 day window is designed to provide a concrete end date to an extension request. Failure to do so means that the student is subject to the penalties as described in the course syllabus.

 
Who receives this accommodation?

A variety of students registered with SAS are approved to be accommodated with negotiated assignment deadline extensions. Some examples include: 
•    Students dealing with fluctuating and unpredictable periods of ill health associated with mental health disabilities or chronic illnesses, such as Crohn's Disease; 
•    Students who rely on adaptive technology (e.g., screen readers or speech-to-text software) to read and/or write;
•    Students who need frequent rest periods or who are able to work only for short periods of time, such as those with recent concussions;
•    Students with reduced or limited stamina who have difficulty sitting, reading, writing/typing for extended periods due to physical disabilities or injuries.

NOTE: Not all students registered with SAS are approved for negotiated assignment deadline extensions. In fact, there are some students for whom this accommodation is not recommended due to the nature of their disability.