Sociology, Department of


Date of this Version

Spring 4-20-2020


Brandon Bosch (2020) Adjusting the Late Policy: Using Smaller Intervals for Grading Deductions, College Teaching, DOI: 10.1080/87567555.2020.1753644


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Most late policies involve some type of initial large deduction when an assignment is late, followed by subsequent deductions around a certain interval. In many cases, instructors will select 24 hours as their interval. While this type of late policy is common, it can be criticized for being too punitive. Moreover, large intervals can encourage students to hold on to their assignments longer than necessary, increasing the possibility that students receive a second large deduction. To address some of these issues, I share my experience of using one-point deductions for each hour an assignment is late.