Late Course Work
This policy governs the acceptance and grading of late work (including assignments, quizzes and exams, and discussion posts) in Excelsior University courses. The intention of the policy is to promote consistency and academic rigor in Excelsior University courses, while also providing faculty with the flexibility to respond to students experiencing extenuating circumstances.
- Students are expected to submit work for Excelsior courses by the due date stipulated in the course.
- Students who are unable to submit course work by the due date because of an extenuating circumstance should contact their instructor prior to the due date to request an extension for the work. If it is not possible to contact the instructor prior to the due date, they should do so as soon after the due date as possible.
Extenuating circumstances include, but are not limited to, the following:
- an illness or injury
- a death of a family member or significant other
- a significant change in employment or military status
- a trauma in the student’s life
- technical issues
- a natural disaster
- other significant unplanned events
- Instructors have the discretion to offer an extension or to accept late course work without penalty based on their assessment of a student’s circumstances. Documentation of extenuating circumstances may be required.
- Unless otherwise stipulated in the instructions or grading rubric, the following penalties will apply to late course work that has not been granted an extension by the instructor:
- Course work submitted less than a week (seven calendar days) after the due date will be subject to a 10% penalty (10 points out of 100);
- Course work submitted more than a week after the due date will receive a zero.
- Discussion posts will receive a zero after the due date for the discussion without prior permission from the instructor.
- Course work submitted after the final day of the term will receive a zero unless an official course extension has been granted.