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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Late Assignment Policy (Spring 2016)

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[a] Early RF
Late Assignment Policy
All Classes
Spring 2016
Robert André LaFleur                                                             Office Hours:
Morse Ingersoll 111                                                                Tuesday      12:00-1:30
363-2005                                                                                   Thursday   12:00-1:30                                                                    …or by appointment
All assignments for this course must be turned in by the due date (and time), or there will be a penalty. In order to be fair to students who have turned in work on time, yet taking into account the reality that everyone gets overwhelmed occasionally, I have created a late assignment policy that is meant to be fair to all concerned. 

Please note the following:

Weekly Quizzes 
Quizzes must be taken at the beginning of each class session. They may be collected at fifteen minutes past the hour if students routinely come late to class. There will be a section on the quiz that asks you to state "time started." Answer it truthfully.

If a student makes it to class very late (and is not chronically late), it will be possible to make the best of the quiz during the ten-minute class break. This should be rare.

Quizzes not completed by the end of the class session receive no credit. No exceptions.

Assignments Due During the Semester (Abstracts, Papers, Short Exams) 
Assignments are due in my office by the time posted on the syllabus. If you turn them in on time, I will return them to you within ten days—and often much, much sooner than that.
[c] Markers RF

If assignments are up to forty-eight hours late, there will be a two-point penalty* (an “88” on a paper will become an “86”, and an “8” on a short assignment will become a “7.8”). In short, if you have left things until the last minute, and cannot print your paper on time, you will have to accept a small penalty. Just chalk it up to experience and make sure that your planning is better next time. There will be absolutely no exceptions to this penalty. It is meant to provide a wake-up call (with stakes that are not too large) for those who leave things to the last minute.

If assignments are between two days and one week late, there will be a five-point penalty*—no exceptions (an “88” on a paper will become an “83” and an “8” on a ten-point short-assignment will become a “7.5”).

If assignments are over a week late, there will be a one-time ten-point penalty (an “88” will become a “78” and an “8” on a short assignment will become a “7”). These assignments will be accepted (with the ten-point penalty) for three weeks after the due date. There will be no credit after that date. 

Assignments turned in after the deadline will be graded when time permits. On-time assignments will always be given priority

*The full version is that they are (2.0/0.2), (5.0/0.5), and 10.0/0.10) penalties, depending on the assignment. 

Midterm Assessment
If students have turned in little or no work by the beginning of the semester break, I will send an academic alert slip, urging the student to drop the course. Chronically late work will not be tolerated.
[d] Blooming RF

Final Assignments 
Students who have done little written work by that time will receive failing grades. If you have not completed any assignments by the end of break, you really should drop the course. If you find yourself falling behind, please contact me. We will discuss it (

Students who have attended class regularly and have kept up with most assignments—but have had a legitimate reason, according to the Dean of Students office—must get incomplete contracts from the registrar and fill them out for my signature by 5:00 p.m. on the last day of classes (not finals) or they will receive failing grades. 

I expect all work to be turned in on time.  The spirit of the late assignment policy is simply to acknowledge that sometimes everyone (even professors) falls behind. It is unacceptable to be late with numerous assignments. 

This is a course in which weekly work is fundamentally important, and late assignments week-after-week will very seriously affect your grade. Assignments are due when the syllabus states that they are due.

Please respect these deadlines—for both of our sakes!
[e] Done! RF

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