Blackboard Ultra
Accommodations vs Exceptions

In Blackboard Ultra, Accommodations and Exceptions fulfill two different roles. We will underline here the role of each tool and how to use them.



Used to grant an individual student exception for

– due date
– time limit

An accommodation applies to all due dates or time limits in your course for an individual student.

Used to give an individual student an exception on a specific test or assignment:

– additional attempts
– extended access

You might use exceptions for students with internet issues, disabilities, or technology and language differences.

Accessed from the Roster page in the student’s menu. Accessed from the test or assignment Submission page.
Due date accommodation: Students with this accommodation will never have their work marked late.

Time limit accommodation: Students with a time limit accommodation have more time to finish their work during timed assessments. After you select this accommodation, choose the amount of extra time:

  • + 50% extra time
  • + 100% extra time
  • Unlimited time
Test with one attempt: Allow more attempts for a student who is blind and wants to use screen reader technology for the first time.

Assignment with the conditional availability of Hide after date and time: Extend the access to an assignment for a student with internet issues. However, if the due date and time are the same as the original Hide after time, the submission is still marked late in the gradebook.

A student with the Unlimited time accommodation never sees the time limit for the assessment. No time limit may reduce the pressure or anxiety that comes with coursework.

Students with accommodations appear with an icon next to their names. The icon appears in the gradebook and roster. Students don’t see the accommodations you’ve added.

When you choose to grade with student names hidden, no indication of students with accommodations is shown.

An exception overrides the two settings applied to everyone else.