Extension Policy

This policy is also available in Orientation

The Philosophy Behind Our Extension Policy: It’s Intended for Your Success

It’s EXTREMELY important to get an extension when you need one. This is your writing life. Cherish it and fight for it!

Over the years, we’ve seen every avoidance tactic known to writerdom. We’ve also known students with challenging circumstances who got their assignments done anyway. For instance, Cheramie Cooper of Missouri has three kids plus a high-pressure job managing a sales team, where she routinely puts in 12 hours a day. But she did her assignments anyway.

Our extension policy is designed to help you graduate on time. Being too busy to do any writing is one of the obstacles our courses are trying to help you overcome. If we were too lenient in this area, we would be aiding and abetting the kinds of busy-ness that prevent you from living your writing dreams.

Back in the days before we introduced the graduation date, it was proven again and again that—given the leeway—far too many students would just let things slide. Sadly, the inactivity would eventually cause them to drop out altogether.

How to Apply for an Extension

The Extension Policy is posted in Orientation and inside of every course. You can use the contact form at the bottom of the Extension Policy to contact Milli. Please let her know

(a) your reason for requesting the extension;

(b) how much extra time you’re requesting.

Any extra days granted will be added to your original graduation date.

All Extensions Must Be in Writing

Your graduation date will only be adjusted for extensions you’ve applied for and that have been approved. If you’re sick, you still need to use the Extension Policy contact form to request an extension in writing, even if you’ve made a forum post stating that you’re sick. (If you’re too sick to email Milli, you can make your request when you start feeling better.)

What types of situations qualify me to request an extension?

Here are the types of scenarios for which we’ll automatically grant you an extension:

— Unexpected travel that is not for leisure (eg., your job required you to travel at short notice; a funeral in another city or state);

— Illness: yours;

— Illness: someone you need to care for, such as a child;

— A family emergency or other kind of personal crisis, such as job loss.

When it comes to illness, we recommend you get the rest you need so you can recover sooner. Trying to soldier through can make an illness run longer. If you’re sick, please request an extension—and then use that time to rest and get better.

Here are the gray areas, plus things we won’t consider:

— Common obligations, such as getting your taxes filed, are usually not extension material;

— Except for the two major ones (Christmas and Thanksgiving) we usually do not grant extensions for the traditional American holidays;

— Entertainments that consume major portions of your free time (such as watching the Olympics on TV) are not grounds for an extension.

As you can gather, being too busy to do your assignments will usually not qualify you for an extension. But, whatever your circumstances (even if you think you don’t qualify), please discuss your situation with Milli. She wants you to be able to finish your course!