A teaching ethics question for ya'll to help me with:
The last assignment for my class was due on Friday at 1 pm and I had made it very clear in bold italics that late labs would not be accepted. Prior to this I was grudgingly accepting late assignments but docking them 20% per day.
Anyways, on Wednesday afternoon, 2 students took up all of my office hours to work on the computers in the lab room in order to finish up their last lab. When I finally kicked them out, one had printed and the other had nothing left to do but print.
By the Friday 1 pm deadline, the labs weren't in my mailbox. I was shocked! I actually went out of my way to send the 2 students an email asking them where their labs were and giving them an extension until 4 pm that day to email me a copy, since I knew they had them done.
I didn't hear back from either of them and at 4:30 I turned in my grades for the quarter. The missing lab knocked one student from a B+ to a B and it knocked the other from an A to a B+. The student that went from A to B+ was honestly probably the 2nd best student in class, so I felt kind of bad, but the points on the lab were enough to shove him down into the middle of the pack.
This afternoon I got a frantic email from my A-->B+ student explaining that he had forgotten to hand in the lab when he took the final and had then left town for the weekend. He attached a copy of the lab, which of course was (almost) all correct.
So now I am left with my question. If I grant him anything more than 1/2 the points on the lab he moves back up to an A. But final grades were due this morning and, to change his grade now, I have to fill out some form with the department. I'm sure it's a routine thing to do, but it's a pain in the ass for me, and after all, I was very explicit about my deadline.
What do you girls/guys think? For the moment, I am inclined to leave him hanging for a few days while I decide.