Assignment Deadline Modifications

As part of the pedagogic process, course assignments and deadlines for those assignments are determined by faculty at the college, departmental or individual course level. Occasionally, students may have disabilities that impact their ability to meet course deadlines.  While DSP can verify that the student’s disability may cause difficulty with deadlines, and an accommodation may be in order, it is within a faculty member’s expertise to determine when granting deadline extensions is reasonable for a specific course.  In some cases, such deadlines are fundamental to the course.  In other instances, faculty may determine that meeting course deadlines is not important to the course learning objectives.


Considerations when determining reasonable deadline modifications

  • Are extensions on deadlines ever allowed for students without disabilities; for example, if a student has an emergency medical condition, an interview, or a trip on university business?
  • What does the syllabus say about deadlines and extensions?
  • Is it necessary to have finished the assignment in order to participate in subsequent classes?
  • Will the assignment be discussed in subsequent classes, such that it is unfair to allow the student to have access to those conversations before the assignment is completed?
  • Would allowing the deadline extension negatively impact the educational experience of other students?
  • Is the material being learned in the class sequential? 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?

Students approved for deadline modifications are encouraged to work with their instructors prior to the original assignment due date to determine a reasonable extension that does not compromise the integrity of the assignment, course, and/or program.