Extended Time for Courses

For most students registered for services with our department, Accessibility Services may provide up to a maximum of three 2-month course extensions per individualized study course with waived course extension fee. Three 2-month extensions per course are the maximum available as per the Athabasca University Course Extension Policy.

The accommodation of an extension with a waived fee is intended for students to finalize any remaining course work The accommodation cannot be applied retroactively beyond the end date of a course contract. The accommodation must be assessed as potentially being needed due to the impact of a disability as part of the Accommodation plan. Before approving the requested accommodation Accessibility Services reserves the right to request:

  • medical documentation to support the course extension
  • and a demonstration of course progress (e.g., assignment submissions, contact between student and course tutor, quizzes, and/or midterm completion)

Those extensions received prior to enrollment with Accessibility Services are counted towards the maximum three extensions a student is eligible for under AU policy.

Course extensions are not automatically applied but must be requested by students 30 days before the course contract end date. Approved extensions will begin on the first day of the month following the previous course contract end date and not when the request is submitted/approved.

Course extensions are NOT available to grouped study or challenge courses and must be requested one at a time toward the end of the contract period.

The accommodation of extensions with waived fees are intended for students to finalize any remaining course work. Therefore, Accessibility Services reserves the right to request medical documentation and a demonstration of course progress (e.g., assignment submissions, contact between student and course tutor, quizzes, and/or midterm completion) before approving the request.

The extension will begin on the first day of the month following the previous course contract end date and not when the request is submitted/approved. Course extensions are NOT available to grouped study or challenge courses. Course extensions must be requested one at a time and 30 days prior to the course contract end period.

Accessibility Services is unable to provide refunds for extensions received before the received accommodation.

Course extensions will not be automatically granted to students with funding, as it can have consequences on current and future funding opportunities. Please contact your Student Financial Aid Advisor to discuss how extensions may affect your financing (sfa@athabascau.ca).

For further information, see Applying for Extensions.

Extended Time for Assignments

Due to the paced nature of grouped-study courses, recommendations for additional time will be negotiated on a course by course basis and will be directed toward the deadlines for individual assignments.

Upon request, Accessibility Services will communicate with the course coordinator to identify the student’s need for individualized time arrangements. Final approval of the time extension will rest with the course coordinator. Therefore, these negotiations are not guaranteed to result in an extension to student’s assignment deadlines.

Typically, arrangements for time extensions will result in the development of an assignment completion contract that will identify completion deadlines. Under these agreements extended time would only be approved for specific assignments that are completed independently of the group work done in the course. Such extensions will generally be much shorter in duration than the traditional 2-month course extension. This is to decrease the potential negative impact that extensions may have on later course registrations (next term) that may also include grouped-study courses.

Note: Accessibility Services is aware that graduate students generally have more communication with their course instructors than undergraduates. In addition, they often possess a mature ability to articulate their educational needs. Hence, unless Accessibility Services is requested to intervene more actively, the Office will identify the need for time extensions and leave it up to the graduate student and course academic to negotiate an assignment completion contract.

For further information, see Applying for Extensions.