Flexibility Accommodations

Allows for the flexing of a course standard to allow a student to meet essential course requirements while managing a disability

Student Disability Resources engages in an interactive process with each student and reviews requests for accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case basis. Students must provide appropriate documentation that supports the use of any accommodation.

Students with a documented disability that causes variable or unpredictable disability-related symptoms may be eligible for flexibility accommodations. Flexing a course standard can provide an alternate way for a student to meet essential course requirements and actively participate in the course while accounting for intermittent or unpredictable disability-related needs.


Flexibility accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

  • Flexed attendance
  • Flexed due dates/deadline extensions on assignments
  • Rescheduling exams or quizzes

Tips for students

  • Request flexibility accommodations as early in the semester as possible.
  • Flexibility accommodations can only be used after eligibility is established.
    • Students cannot request retroactive use for any reason (e.g., not requesting earlier, failing to provide the Academic Accommodations letter to faculty, etc.)
    • Faculty are not required by law to provide retroactive accommodations to any student at any time.
  • Alternatives to retroactive accommodations should be discussed with the student’s Disability Specialist
  • Contact us as soon as possible if you:
    • Make changes to your class schedule
    • Are experiencing an exacerbation of disability-related symptoms that is causing a reliance on flexibility accommodations
    • Have concerns with any of the flexibility accommodations
    Related content
    • Flexibility Accommodations Guide
      Guide for faculty on providing flexibility accommodations such as flexible attendance, due dates for assignments, and rescheduling exams/quizzes