Sometimes students experience extreme extenuating circumstances which are beyond their control and impact academic performance. In these situations, your professor or advisor may refer you to Counselling for a "letter of support" for accommodations due to a personal problem.
The counsellor's role in this process is to work with the student to:
- Explore and assess the student’s personal and academic situation
- Explore all options available to the student
- Decide if they deem that the student’s request for a letter of support warrants consideration.
If the counsellor agrees to write a letter of support, the student will need to complete a release of information form, allowing your counsellor to write the letter. It is the responsibility of the student to meet with their advisor or the involved faculty member to give them the letter, complete any additional paperwork and to work out the details of the accommodation. The letter in no way guarantees that the student will be granted the accommodation, but simply argues that, in the counsellor’s professional opinion, the request warrants consideration.
To learn more about the various types of academic accommodation please refer to:
University of Lethbridge Calendars ACADEMIC REGULATIONS