I told my students in September that even messing up where the student ID block went would result in a rewrite. I give them a copy of a correct essay format the first week. There's page number shit, spacing, all that. Even font size. Good grief I hate myself for that.
But still, many weeks in, students just fucking ignore all of it. And I pass papers back with RESUBMIT on them and sometimes I see them again and sometimes I don't.
Klueless Kevin has had 2 of these so far. No grades of course because I haven't read any of his work yet. (I tell them this.)
He came to my office yesterday and asked how he was doing.
"Well, you don't have any grades yet. You haven't resubmitted your essays in the required format."
"What? You mean I have no grades."
"No, of course not. You have to resubmit the papers in the format for class. I wrote it on both essays."
"I thought that was just so I'd do better on the next essay."
"Well, sure, but your second essay was done incorrectly as well. I'm happy to look at anything you've got though once you get them fixed."
"What's the right format?"
"Well, it's one of the first handouts, it was emailed to you with the subject line 'format requirements for essays.' I put it on the screen one day, and it's on our LMS page."
"Oh. So I need to fix those before you grade them?"
"Well, were they any good?"
"I haven't read them at all. I won't read them until they match the requirements for class."
"So I have no grades at all."
"Not yet. But I'm looking forward to it when you do."