Extended Time on Assignments

Extended Time on Assignments Agreement Form

This agreement should be completed by the instructor of record for the course listed on the accommodation letter.

Extended Time on Assignments is a reasonable accommodation in certain situations because of the chronic or episodic nature of the student’s disability. This accommodation allows for a reasonable amount of additional time to complete assignments and the ability to complete and submit make up assignments. Adjusted due dates of assignments refer to in-class assignments, exams (tests and quizzes), papers/essays, lab reports, and other take-home assignments. Students are responsible for completing all class work and should be held to the same standard as all other students.

Limitations of this accommodation assert the following:

  • Unlimited and excessive deadline extensions are unreasonable.
  • Use of this accommodation is not permitted for seasonal illness and disabilities not documented by DSS.
  • This accommodation may not alter an essential component of the course.

This accommodation does not make adjustments for:

  • Academic course load
  • Multiple assignments due in close proximity
  • Studying for exams or other assessments
  • Scheduling conflicts
  • Employment, appointments, or other personal obligations
  • Time management issues


DSS considers a reasonable timeframe for a makeup or extension of an assignment, paper, exam (test or quiz) to be a minimum of 48 hours. Professors may review the guidelines when determining reasonable extension timeframes of assignment deadlines:

  • Assess the average time all students are expected to spend on the project relative to the deadline.
  • Is it possible to assign the project to the student(s) with the accommodation in advance of other students while keeping the deadline consistent?
  • What is the purpose of the assignment? Is it necessary to have it completed before an exam? Before a discussion?
  • What does the syllabus say about deadlines?
  • Are students required to actively participate in class discussions/activities?
  • How is participation figured into the final grade?
  • How are students expected to interact with each other (in class, group work outside of class, via Canvas/email)?
  • Is the material being learned in the class sequentially? Does each week’s material build on the material learned in the previous week(s)?
  • Are there other lab or class sections the student could attend to catch up on missed material?
  • What general policies exist for making up missed exams, pop quizzes, and turning in late work?
  • Could missed assignments be turned in via discussion board/email?
  • Are tests to be taken at a specific time and place, or is there a window when the test can be taken?
  • Is it possible for students to “work ahead” in this class?
  • To what degree does a student’s extension of an assignment compromise the education experience of other students in the class?

The Accommodation Process

  1. Students who require extended time on assignments will need to register with DSS prior to the implementation of the accommodation. Accommodations cannot be implemented until the student is registered with DSS.
  2. The student will meet with a DSS coordinator to determine eligibility of accommodations while enrolled at TWU. If approved, DSS will send the faculty member a Notification of Academic Accommodations letter via email that will include the extended time on assignments agreement along with other applicable accommodations.
  3. The faculty member should complete the Extended Time on Assignments Agreement Form upon receipt of the accommodation letter. Faculty members are encouraged to make their determinations upon consideration of the guidelines shared above.
    1. If the faculty member determines that extended time on assignments is a fundamental alteration to the course, they will be required to provide an education related justification. DSS staff may contact the faculty member regarding their determination.
  4. Once the agreement is completed, DSS staff will enter the agreement for the course into myDSS. The faculty member, the student, and DSS staff will receive a notification of the agreement from myDSS.

What are Reasonable versus Unreasonable Accommodations?

Reasonable accommodations are modifications to University rules, policies, or practices that are designed to provide a student with a disability with an equal opportunity to meet academic and technical standards. The University is not required to modify its rules, policies, or practices to the extent that these modifications would “fundamentally alter” the essential nature of its programs and is not required to make fundamental changes to its core degree requirements.

Important Information
  • This accommodation is not a blanket reason to ignore due dates.
  • Faculty are still responsible for this accommodation even if they delay in responding to DSS.
  • Students are not required to present the faculty member with medical documentation to verify disability related extensions.
  • The student is responsible for following the faculty member’s syllabus regarding due dates due to non-disability related issues, (i.e. extensions needed due to a common illness, assignments from other courses, etc.).
  • Students have the responsibility to complete all class work per the signed extension agreement.

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