How to give your students exceptions on assignments

In this article, you'll learn how give students exceptions for assignments. Exceptions let you adjust the assignment's availability and due date to accommodate specific students. For example, you could extend the availability of a particular assignment so that a student who's catching up after an illness can submit work at a later date than the rest of the class. Exceptions are particularly helpful for incomplete students who've been given extensions to finish the course after the course end date.

Here's how to add an exception.

  1. Go to the assignment's page. While you can find links to assignments in a number of places in your course, the best spot would be the main Assignments view.
  2. Under Info in the right column, click Add an exception under either the Due Date or Availability settings.
  3. In the dialog, select a student from the drop-down.
  4. Enter the new due date or availability dates/times. Each student can have a unique exception time.
  5. Check to email the students about these exceptions (and any changes you might make later).
  6. Repeat the above steps as often as you need.
  7. Click to remove a student's exception.
  8. Click Save.

Once you save, Populi will email the student about the assignment exception; he'll also see an alert on the Course Dashboard about it when the time comes.

After you've added exceptions, you can edit or delete them:

  1. Under the appropriate field where you've added an exception, click Manage exceptions.
  2. Change the exception or delete it by clicking .
  3. When you're done, click Save.

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    Jenna Blansett

    Extensions only go to the end of the course access dates. You can't extend access beyond the end of the class. It used to be that extending the course end date on the course dashboard extended the access for all the assignments that were set to have access until the end of the course, but now it's become a nightmare. I can extend the class date by a month (for example) but it does not extend the access dates for the assignments. I have to go to each assignment individually and change the access for each one, even though the course end date (and course access) has been changed. It took me half an hour to do 2 classes for a student that had an extension that went beyond the course end date. I may have to repeat this process for a dozen students that have 5 classes each. I don't have time for this!

    Is there a way to quickly change the assignment access dates to match the end-access date of the course when the course end date has been changed?

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    [Registrar] Villafana

    Yes, I am also curious if there is a better to way to go about this. 

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