PROV-027: Academic Accommodation for Graduate and Professional Students Who Experience Significant Life Events

Date: 09/18/2014 Status: Final
Last Revised:
Policy Type: Executive Vice President & Provost
Oversight Executive: Executive Vice President and Provost
Applies To:

Academic Division.

Reason for Policy:

Defines eligibility and academic accommodations available to graduate and professional students who experience significant life events.

Definition of Terms in Statement:
  • Academic Accommodation:

    Extension of the normative time limitations associated with a degree program.

Policy Statement:

A graduate or professional student who experiences a significant life event while enrolled full-time in his or her course of study, including, but not limited to, the birth or adoption of a child in their household, a family crisis, or a major illness, and who meets the eligibility criteria below, may request a one-semester extension to the normative time limitations associated with his/her graduate degree program. This extension does not supersede, nor may it augment, any accommodations made through a student’s school and/or department that are equal to or in excess of the accommodation stated in this policy.

  1. Eligibility:
    A student who anticipates or experiences a significant life event and who meets the following criteria is eligible for the academic accommodations associated with this policy.
    • (1) Is enrolled as a full-time student in a graduate or professional degree program at the University of Virginia for a minimum of one academic semester (including summer); and,
    • (2) Is in good academic standing, as defined by the policies in the school of enrollment.

Students who have experienced, or who anticipate, a significant life event are strongly encouraged to communicate with their advisor and or the appropriate director, department chair, and/or dean at the earliest opportunity to establish the appropriate accommodations.

Major Category: Executive Vice President & Provost Policies
Approved by, Date: Executive Vice President and Provost, 09/18/2014
Revision History: This is the first version of this policy.