The impact of a disability may mean you need additional time to complete assignments. Your Letter of Accommodation will indicate this and provide your professors and instructors with information need to approve up to a one [1] week extension on assignments.

Follow the instructions on this page to successfully request an extension on your assignments.


Request an extension What you need before you request an extension up to one [1] week
Template email Follow this email template when requesting an extension from your professor or instructor
Extensions beyond one [1] week Complete the new online extensions request form for extensions beyond one [1] week

Request an extension

Instructors have to approve extensions

All disability-related extension requests require approval from your professors and instructors and the request must be made before the original due date.

We recommend asking for an extension and providing the Letter of Accommodation a week before the original due date. You can follow the email template provided below when requesting extensions from your professors. 

Situations when a professor or instructor might not approve an extension:

There are situations when a professor or instructor might not approve an extension:

  • When the extension request concerns a group assignment

  • When the answers for the assignment were posted or taken up in lecture

  • When the extension request does not allow sufficient time for marking

In these circumstances, meet with your Accessibility Advisor to discuss potential next steps.

Template email

Sample email to send to a professor or instructor

Sent: DATE (e.g., September 18, 2018 10:55 AM)
Subject: COURSECODE: Requesting an Extension

Dear Professor NAME,

I am enrolled in your course COURSECODE + SECTION [e.g., BIO120H section L0101]. Earlier this term I sent you my Letter of Accommodation, as I am registered with Accessibility Services. Due to disability-related reasons, I am unable to submit the term paper by DATE. I’m writing to you to ask for an extension of one week on this assignment (I will submit by DATE), as is outlined in my Letter of Accommodation from Accessibility Services attached.

If you have questions about my accommodations, my Accessibility Advisor, ADVISOR NAME, can be reached at 

Thank you in advance for your understanding.



Student number: 1234567890

For extensions beyond one [1] week

If you need a disability-related extension beyond one [1] week after the assignment due date, you must complete the online Extension Request Form before the originally negotiated extension. You must then meet with your Accessibility Advisor to discuss next steps.

It is important that you continue to work on assignments to the best of your ability while an extension request is being decided.

For extensions beyond the end of the term 

Contact your Registrar to submit a petition for consideration of an extension. Meet with your Accessibility Advisor regarding what support they can provide, if you are petitioning for disability-related reasons.

If the petition is for non-disability related reasons, you may need to provide medical or other documentation (e.g. Verification of Illness Form) to your Registrar.