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When special circumstances arise, you can give an individual student an exception on a specific test or assignment. You might use exceptions for students who have internet issues, disabilities, or technology and language differences.

Exceptions are different from accommodations you set in the course roster. An accommodation applies to all due dates or time limits in your course for an individual student. Exceptions aren't allowed for due dates and time limits for an individual student or group at this time.

An exception includes additional attempts or extended access, even if the assessment is hidden from other students. An exception overrides the two settings applied to everyone else for only that specific assessment. For a group assignment or group test, you can give an individual group an exception for extended access only. Multiple attempts aren't allowed for group assessments at this time. Students don't see the exceptions you've added.

You set test and assignment exceptions from the assessment's Submissions page or an individual submission. You can't add an exception for an anonymously graded assessment.

You need to set conditional availability to show or hide using dates before you set an individual exception for extended access.

Show Me

Tell Me

  1. Open the assignment.
  2. Select Submission from the top right corner. A number will indicate how many submissions there are to grade.



  3. Access the menu in a student's row and select Edit settings. The Edit Submission Settings panel opens.



  4. Change the Show on and/or Hide after dates and times and/or allow additional attempts.

    • Note: You can't save until you make a change to the settings. If you don't want to make any changes, select Cancel to close the panel.
  5. Click SAVE.

From an individual student's submission page:

  1. Access the menu next to the grade pill and select Exceptions. The Edit Submission Settings panel opens.



  2. Change the Show on and/or Hide after dates and times and/or allow additional attempts.
  3. Click SAVE.

From a group's submission page:

NOTE: Only one type of exception is allowed for group assessments. You can give an individual group an extended access exception on a specific group test or group assignment.

  1. Access the group submission page or the individual group's submission.
  2. Click the menu next to the grade pill and select Exceptions. The Edit Submission Settings panel opens.



  3. Change the Show on and/or Hide after dates and times and/or allow additional attempts.
  4. Click SAVE.

Resetting an exception

  1. Access the assessment's submission page for either the student or group.
  2. Edit the settings.
  3. Click Reset Settings.
  4. Click SAVE to confirm.

The exception settings are removed. The student or group now has the original assessment settings for the attempts allowed and the access time period. 

NOTE: You can't reduce the number of attempts after students have started their submissions.

Additional information about Ultra exceptions

  • If you want a student to redo an automatically graded test that has no more attempts, you can add an additional attempt. 
  • You'll need to inform the student of the additional attempt(s) as the system doesn't send a notification.
  • Automatic zeros will remain in the gradebook even if you have added an exception. They are replaced after the submission is graded.
  • Submissions will be marked late in the gradebook even if you allow extended time with an exception.

Exception & accommodation icons

  • The assessment exception icon is the same icon that appears for accommodations. If a student has an accommodation and an exception for an assessment, only one icon appears.
  • If a group has members with accommodations, the same icon appears with the group's name.
  • Group members who have accommodations appear with the same icon next to their names.