Reasonable Extension of Assignment Deadlines

Students may have an accommodation listed as reasonable extension of assignment deadlines. This accommodation name is not changing. However, we recognize that this accommodation is similarly as complex at the previously mentioned accommodation. We frequently receive questions inquiring how to reasonably implement this accommodation in courses without compromising the integrity of the course as it is offered. Below is some additional information/guidance on this accommodation.

Students with disabilities covered under this accommodation typically experience conditions that are chronic or episodic in nature, which may then impact their ability to devote sufficient time to the assignment. Strict assignment deadlines and punitive grading on late assignments may prevent them from demonstrating their full mastery of class content.

This accommodation does not apply to missed coursework for other reasons. The Center for Educational Access (CEA) has documentation of the disability on file and the student is not required to present the professor with medical documentation verifying the need for deadline extension. Each course has its own unique design and learning outcomes. Therefore, this accommodation requires careful consideration and an open dialogue between the student, instructor, and CEA. This accommodation is NOT intended to provide unlimited extensions nor be automatically applied to all homework/assignments/projects. 

Key Update: While implementation of this accommodation previously required an open dialogue between the faculty and students, there was not an available form to complete. The absence of this form may have caused some misunderstanding about the parameters that were agreed upon. There is now a fillable form listed as the Deadline Modification Plan that is similar in format to the previously mentioned Intermittent Adjustment Plan. This plan discusses parameters such as the maximum timeframe for students to submit missed homework/assignments, how the assignment will be submitted, and specifies which assignments this accommodation may be reasonably applied to.

This accommodation should be provided unless the accommodation threatens the integrity of the course as offered. After reviewing the guidance materials and the course requirements, below are the parameters for the implementation of reasonable extension of assignment deadlines in this specific course. If any concerns come up, please contact the CEA. Faculty should complete all applicable sections of this form. Note: You only need to submit one form per course (or 1 per course section, if your syllabus policies vary between sections), to be used for each student with this accommodation in that course/section. However, as accommodations should be considered on an individual basis, students may follow up with you with questions or contact the CEA should they need an individualized deadline modification plan.


Evaluating the Role of Class Participation

Limitations of this accommodation assert the following:

  • Unlimited extensions are unreasonable. Instructor should provide clear limits to the number of extensions that will be allowed and the length of an extension.
  • Use of this accommodation is not permitted for non-disability related reasons. The class policy regarding late work (i.e.-deduction of points) will remain applicable even to students with this accommodation if they miss deadlines for other non-disability related reasons.
  • Accommodations are not retroactive; instructors are not obligated to apply this accommodation to previous penalties that were incurred prior to official notice via the faculty notification letter.

If you have any additional questions and/or concerns about these updates please contact the CEA by phone at 479-575-3104 or emailing