Last week I collected a major assignment. I posted it on Blackhole Board several weeks ago. The post (which I also send as an email) contained all the usual stuff: due date, requirements, and resources that the students may use. I have a very firm policy on when I accept late papers. I accept them never. I state this on the syllabus, when I introduce a new assignment, and on any assignment write-up.
Last week's assignment was due at the start of class on Xday. I collected the assignments at the start of class on Xday. I made my usual big deal about "once I put these in the folder it's end game."
The following is a conversation I had after class on Xday:
Class Skipper: Sorry I didn't make it to class, I don't feel well. Here is my assignment.
Captain Subtext: I overslept and I just realized the assignment was due an hour ago. So I came here to turn it in late.
Me: It said on the assignment posting and the email that no late work is accepted.
Captain Subtext: You know the rules and you know from last time that I don't bend them.
Class Skipper: I guess I missed that.
Captain Subtext: I don't take class policies seriously. Besides I was "sick" so it's a special case. You can't hold me to the standard.
Me: ... ...
Captain Subtext: Did you seriously stop reading the assignment post after the second fucking sentence?!?