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Excuses buy time and suspicion

We’ve all put ourselves in a pickle regarding assignments, whether it was leaving an assignment until the last minute, not putting in much effort, or just completely blowing off the assignment all together.

However, some students have found loopholes to buying extra time for assignments.
Clifford Ross, a freshman biology major, has learned a few tricks when it comes to submitting assignments to Blackboard.

“I once sent an assignment that I knew wouldn’t open correctly and would be corrupt,” Ross said. “It gave me time to finish (the assignment) and send the complete one.”

Blackboard has a feature that records the date and time the assignment was submitted, but has little to no guard when incomplete and/or corrupt files are submitted, thus buying the student more time.

Professors are taking notice and becoming less sympathetic.

According to the Disability Resource Center, faculty have the right to set their own guidelines on late assignments.

However, “if a student has a disability that may occasionally impact her/his ability to attend class and/or complete assignments and tests at the scheduled time, flexibility in attendance is considered an appropriate accommodation.”

Dr. Jeremy Ball, chair and professor in the Criminal Justice Department, doesn’t allow late work.

“I believe deadlines are important and I am pretty explicit about not accepting late assignments,” Ball said.
One professor has taken tremendous measures to ensure total honesty in students’ reasons for submitting late assignments.

Dr. Kimberly Henderson, a psychology professor, has built her homework policy around avoiding these sticky situations.

“The policies in my course were first developed in an attempt to thwart those who were working the sympathetic system,” Henderson said.

Henderson has gone as far as requiring students to provide documentation for late assignments.

“They are also required to follow-up with third party non-partial (no parents or roommates) documentation for their make-up to commence,” Henderson said.

While this may be extreme, requiring documentation is on the way to becoming the norm for late and missed assignments.

“Policies have proven to be an excellent system for ensuring everyone is treated equitably,” Henderson said.
Whatever method of delivery, students will find loopholes to buy themselves extra time on assignments.