How do you handle late work? Do you refuse to accept it? Do you lower the grade by a certain percentage? Do you just take it whenever? After years of being a foolish softie, thereby indirectly teaching my students that deadlines do not matter, I finally wised up. After all, real life has real deadlines: Rent, bills, job applications, college applications, taxes, etc. Don’t get me wrong – I’m still a softie - BUT here is a policy that works. This can be modified or handed directly to students as is.