I'm teaching an online course for the fourth consecutive summer. This summer I'm having a problem I haven't seen before. Several students have submitted work late in Blackboard or sent it late by email (despite a syllabus statement telling them not to do this), claiming that "something was wrong" with Blackboard and that they couldn't submit their papers on time. So naturally they expect to get away Scot-free with late submission.
I took this up with our Blackboard guy, and he wouldn't say that it couldn't happen.
Naturally, I am skeptical, but if it's true, I can't legitimately hold students accountable.