I'm in my first year of uni teaching. Yay for me. But I'm already snowed under with excuses for all kinds of things: "Here's why I can't come next week." "Here's why I don't have the book, and WON'T have the book." "Here's why I'm a day late with the assignment."
Q: How on earth do you deal with all of them, and does allowing some mean they will push for ALL of them to be accepted? What do YOU do about student excuses? Which excuses are good - or the ones you'll always accept? How do you know which ones are just basically lies? Can you stop them?