This document will make clear what the late policies are for different types of course work.



When the class period ends on the due date the paper copy of the work is late.


Students can always mitigate some of the lateness penalty by turning work in to the main office. Simply give the assignment to someone at reception, tell them it is for me, and they will send it to my campus mailbox with the date and time it was turned in.


Some assignments require submissions, which are due ten (10) minutes or more prior to the beginning of class on or before the due date; the assignment is late unless I have the paper copy and the copy. Also see Lecture 4 on Information to see which assignments must be turned in to




The major projects have a different late policy and penalty than does other course work, and the particulars of each are explained below:




The major projects: 10% penalty per class period late. Late major projects can be turned in up to one week late, after which they will not be accepted, and the project will earn a grade of zero. This includes the following:


·         Personal Response Essay: submission required

·         Connections Essay: submission required

·         Annotated Bibliography: submission required

·         Bibliographic Analysis Essay: submission required

·         Argumentative Research Paper: submission required



The minor assignments: 5% penalty per calendar day late, which includes weekends, holidays, breaks, and so on. This includes the following:


·         Personal Writing Papers: submissions required

·         Academic Prose Papers: submissions required

·         Reading Skills Portfolio: No submission required



Individual Research Presentation: can possibly be rescheduled at the instructor’s discretion, but the economy of time may make this impossible, in which case a zero would be recorded for the presentation grade. A late penalty of 5% per calendar day late may be assessed for either a late presentation and/or the late turn-in of the works cited page for this assignment. It is best to make the presentation on the scheduled date. No submission required



Discussion Questions/Observations:


There are no direct points earned from turning in discussion questions/observations; however, these assignments are one of the factors  assessed in determining students’ participation grades. Basically, these are assignments, so failure to participate by turning them in on time will result in a reduction of the participation grade. This goes to the issue of being prepared for class. No submissions required.




·         If you are absent from class, Discussion Questions/Observations are the only types of assignments where you do not lose credit for failing to turn them in.

·         Always read the homework and the activities at least once class ahead on the syllabus.

·         These assignments must be typed, and are not accepted late. Handwritten discussion questions/observations earn zero credit. When the assignment is typed it demonstrates that it was prepared before class.

·         If the discussion question/observation is over an article, click on the link under homework, read the article, and print a copy of the entire article.

·         Type your discussion question and turn in the article and your discussion question/observation on the discussion day, stapled together in the upper left hand corner, with your discussion question/observation on top.

·         Be prepared for a class discussion on the discussion day.

·         I will not remind students to turn in these assignments. Simply leave them in one pile on a desk near the front of the room, and I will pick them up at the end of class.

·         If the discussion question/observation is over a video clip, then only the typed discussion question/observation is due on the discussion day.

·         Discussion questions/observations need not be uploaded to