Academic Catalog

Late Work Policy

This policy on late work pertains to an in-class exception on a weekly due date. If the student needs a course extension, they should refer to the Course Extension Policy.

Discussion Questions

If a student does not submit an initial discussion by the date that it is due, it is as if the student did not attend class that week, and a zero on the initial posting should be given after midnight Pacific time on that date. If a zero is awarded for a late initial posting, partial point consideration may still be given for timely submission of reply or replies that week if they are submitted by midnight Pacific time on the due date.

Note: To submit follow-up replies to peers, the student would still need to submit an initial post in order to unlock the forum so that follow-up replies can be submitted. However, if no work is submitted by the end of the course week, a zero is awarded and no later postings need to be graded. Faculty will not return to a discussion forum after the end of the week to look for work submitted after the work is due for that course week. However, if the student has an exceptional reason why the discussion posting could not be submitted by the due date (e. g. death of a family member, military orders, jury duty, personal illness, or local disaster), the student can petition to the instructor for an exception to the late penalty. Proof of circumstances must also be submitted (such as military orders, jury notice, a note from a medical provider, news records of disaster, or obituary that shows student relationship to deceased, e.g., student’s name is listed in the obituary) with the petition.

For cases of these exceptional circumstances, the faculty member can use their judgment about this late penalty. Petitions for exceptions may be tracked by the Dean of the school in which the student is enrolled, and students may be counseled for over-use of exceptions.

Weekly Assignments

All weekly assignments (including, but not limited to: assignments, quizzes, exams, and signature assignments) must be submitted no later than the due date unless prior alternate approval is established with the instructor. If a student submits an assignment after the due date without having first communicated with the faculty and received alternate approval, a 10% late penalty will be deducted for each week, or part thereof, that the assignment is late. Exceptions will only be considered in situations of extreme mitigating circumstances (military duty, hospitalization, disaster, etc.) when documentation is provided. Students should communicate with their faculty prior to the assignment due date if they are not able to meet the assignment deadline. Remember, all assignments must be submitted before the end of the course date.