Accommodation for Missed Course Work
Students who miss course component(s), such as a lab or test, for valid reasons can request academic accommodation. This page is to help you understand the steps involved in requesting accommodation, the types of accommodation available, and any supporting documentation that may be needed.
Steps Involved in Requesting Academic Accomodation
- Review OWL and/or your course outline for information regarding accommodation - what to do when you have missed (or will miss) a class/lab/assignment/midterm/exam. Follow any instructions provided.
- If you miss a class/lab/assignment submission/midterm/exam, e-mail your instructor (or lab/tutorial instructor) and let them know that you will be submitting a request for academic accommodation to your academic counselling unit.
- Request accommodation through your home faculty academic counselling office (located in WSC 191, for Science and BMSc students).* Submit an Accommodation Request Form (if applicable) and supporting documentation (not applicable to religious accommodation requests).
- Once an accommodation request has been approved, the member of the academic counselling team who approves your accommodation request will inform your instructors of our support for accommodation. If a student is accommodated for a December or April final Exam, they will be issued a Recommendation for Special Exam form instead, which the student should bring to their instructor.
*Please do not visit our office until you are well enough to come to campus; do not visit our office if you are contagious. If you are not able to submit your accommodation request in person within a few days of the missed course component, please email our academic counselling team about your situation - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Types of Academic Accommodation
Medical (illness, injury): use Western's Student Medical Certificate (SMC)
Varsity Sports Commitment: use the Intercollegiate Athletics Program Commitment Verification Form
Religious Holidays or Holy Days: no documentation required, but request must be submitted two weeks in advance
Midterm Conflict: no documentation required, but request should be submitted as soon as conflict is known (minimum one week in advance)
Bereavement/Compassionate Reasons: documentation required will vary depending on the situation. If you are experiencing a significant, stressful life event and would like to inquire about accommodation options, please stop by our academic counselling office or email us at email@example.com