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Implementing Academic Accommodations

A guide for course instructors/departments/schools on implementing common academic accommodations in post secondary

Take Home Exams

Take home exams to be completed over a series of days are universally designed by removing the strict time parameters typical in other closed session, sit down exams.

The days for completion time in these exams (e.g. assigned Monday to be submitted by Friday) exceeds the expected completion time by 100% or more.

  • They are essentially untimed - students can work on them as much as is needed until the due date/time.
  • Students can choose whenever they want to start, take the breaks they need and stretch out their writing out as much as possible.
  • For example, if you assign a take-home exam that is designed to be completed in 3 hours, and the entire class is given 24 hours to complete it, additional time would not be provided. The 24-hour window already encompasses the extra time.

Typically these evaluations are typically not applicable to academic accommodation for extra time.

Occasionally there may be situations that interrupt a student's progress on these exams related to an acute illness for which consideration would be required