I've dug myself a hole over the past few weeks. My syllabus states that I do not accept late work, yet I have been accepting it anyway.
It's reached the point now that snowflakes will just set it on my table and announce "this is late!"
I've thought about putting an end to this by having them sign a form when they pick up their late work. Then again, they will gladly sign anything as long as they get to deface the document. "Print your name" means be illegible. And good luck getting them to find the signature line.
Normally, I would prefer to say no and let it end there. However, this kind of thing seems to need a paper trail. Something along the lines of "As of February 26, no late work is accepted". I don't think that I can just say "Well it's in the syllabus to begin with" because they could easily say "You accepted Jeff's late assignment!" Atleast with this, they have a tangible deadline beyond which there is no more grace. As for the snowflakes who don't receive this, well I never have trouble telling them no. They were first in line to tell the school to "fuck-off" so my conscience is clear when I tell them no.
Here is what I am really concerned about. I have heard so many stories from teachers about how being flexible can open you up to lawsuits and all sorts of other fun. Is this true? How can I clean up the mess that I have caused by being flexible?