A student has asked for an accommodation not listed on their PNL, or I think they need extra accommodations. What should I do?

Please refer the student to the DRC for info on how to request accommodations. Do not grant them additional accommodations unless you would grant those same accommodations to the entire class.

Is the DRC currently administering exams?

The DRC is unable to proctor exams at this time, but we are working remotely and are ready to assist students and faculty if needed. Please email all questions to DRC@northeastern.edu.

How do I provide extended time on exams in Blackboard or Canvas?


After creating an assessment, add it to a content module. 

Click the button to the right of the test name and select “Edit the Test Options”.

Scroll down to “Test Availability Exceptions” and click “Add User or Group”.

Select the student(s) who will receive extended time.

To the right of the student’s name, modify the time limit.

Canvas:  Providing extra time on canvas

Create the quiz as usual.

Instead of assigning the quiz to “everyone,” assign it to specific student with the extended time accommodation.

Edit due dates and time limits.

I did not receive an Exam Accommodation Form from a student. Do I still need to provide them with extended time?

Yes, you are responsible for providing extended time to any student whose PNL lists it. While we are urging students to remind their instructors ahead of time, they are still entitled to the accommodation even if they do not do so.  Students do not need to submit room reserves to be entitled to extra time accommodations.

Unfortunately, the DRC isn’t able to make adjustments to a student’s given time on Blackboard and Canvas, so by necessity that task now falls to faculty. We understand this is a big adjustment, and we are happy to work with you to provide you all the information and support needed

What about students who have the reduced distraction or private room accommodations? Do I need to do anything special for them?

No, we will work with the students directly to ensure they receive what they need for these accommodations.

How do the disability-related absences and extensions accommodations work now that we’re online?

Students are still expected to reach out to communicate when they need these accommodations. You do not need to do anything differently from what you would normally do.

*Additional Questions?* Email us at DRC@northeastern.edu or contact any of our Disability Specialists for assistance