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How do I apply a Late Submission policy in the Gradebook?

How do I apply a Late Submission policy in the Gradebook?

The Late Submission policy allows you to automatically deduct points on all late submissions. A submission is labeled late when it has been submitted past the due date. Only assignments with a status of Late will be affected by the Late Submission policy. The late policy will be applied to a submission when it is graded.

Late Submission policies only apply to the course in which they are configured. Late Submission policies will affect previously graded assignments, but do not affect assignments in closed grading periods or submissions for students with concluded enrollments. Disabling a Late Submission policy will not remove late penalties from previously graded assignments.

The Late Submission policy allows you to define a percentage of the total points possible on an assignment that will be deducted for late submissions. Points can be deducted per day or hour the submission is late. For example, if the Deduct field is set to 10%, the interval is selected for Day, and the assignment is worth 10 points, 1 point will be deducted per day. If a submission is 2 days late, and the student is awarded full points, their final grade on the assignment would be 8 points (2 days late x 1 point deduction per day = 2 point Late Penalty).

To calculate a late penalty, Canvas rounds up the day or hour to the next whole number. For example, you may set a 10% per day late submission policy. If a student submits a 10-point assignment 1.3 days late, the late penalty will round 1.3 days up to 2 days. The student's score will reflect a 20% (2 point) late submission deduction.

Additionally, you can define the lowest possible grade threshold for a late policy. The lowest possible grade percentage is the lowest score a student can receive when late policy deductions are applied to grades entered above that percentage. Any grade awarded equal to or below that percentage will not receive late policy deductions.

For example, if the Late Submission policy is set to deduct 10% per day for late submissions, and a student submits 8 days late to an assignment worth 10 points, the student's grade would be 2 points if they were awarded full credit on the assignment (8 days late x 1 point deducted per day = 8 point Late Penalty). However, if the Lowest grade possible is set to 60%, the student's grade will be adjusted to 6 points. Any grades awarded that are less than or equal to 6 will not have late policies applied.

Notes:

  • Setting a Late Submission policy affects all assignments in a course, including assignments with due dates in the past. To exclude a specific assignment, mark the submission as something other than Late in the Grade Detail Tray.
  • For the calculation of the Late Penalty, days late will be rounded up to the next whole number. For example, if a student submits 1.3 days late, the Late Penalty will treat the student as 2 days late. This behavior also applies for hour durations.
  • Applying a deduction to late submissions will automatically affect any previously graded submissions. Therefore, the Late Submission policy should be set up when a course is created prior to creating assignments.
  • The Late Submission policy will not affect submissions in closed grading periods or submissions for concluded enrollments.
  • The Late Submission policy will not be automatically applied to No Submission or On Paper assignments. However, a Late label can be added in the Grade Detail tray.
  • The Late Submission policy will not affect submissions for Complete/Incomplete assignments.

Open Grades

Open Grades

In Course Navigation, click the Grades link.

Open Gradebook Settings

Click the Settings icon.

View Late Policies

View Late Policies

In Gradebook Settings, view the Late Policies tab.

Apply Late Submission Policy

Apply Late Submission Policy

Click the Automatically apply deduction to late submissions checkbox.

Note: Selecting this checkbox will automatically apply the deduction you set for any late submissions in the course that have previously been graded as well as apply to future late submissions you grade.

Set Deduction

Set Deduction

To set the percentage you want late submissions to be deducted, set a percentage in the Deduct field [1]. Then set the interval for which you would like Canvas to deduct points in the For each late drop-down menu [2]. Available interval options are Day or Hour.

Set Lowest Possible Grade

Set Lowest Possible Grade

To manage the lowest possible grade threshold for the late policy, enter a percentage in the Lowest possible grade field. The lowest possible grade percentage is the lowest score a student can receive when late policy deductions are applied to grades entered above that percentage. Any grade awarded equal to or below that percentage will not receive late policy deductions.

Update Settings

Update Late Policy

Click the Update button.

View Grades

View Grades

View the affected grades in the Gradebook.

View Grade Detail Tray

View Grade Detail Tray

In the Grade Detail Tray, you can view details about the student's grade and adjust settings on each student's individual submission.

In the Grade info section [1], you can view or edit the grade you awarded the student for their submission, the late penalty deduction, and the student's final grade on the assignment.

In the Status section [2], you can view how many days late the student submitted the assignment and adjust the amount of days late in the interval field. You can also manually change the submission to a status other than Late, but changing the status will remove any late penalties that had been automatically applied to the student's submission.

View Late Policy Warning

If you set a late policy, and then adjust any of the parameters, Canvas will display a warning to notify you that changing the late policy will affect previously graded submissions. To exclude a submission from the late penalty you will have to manually change a submission's status to something other than late in the Grade Detail Tray.

Comments

Is there a way to set it so that any Late work gets 50% (half credit)? I don't want to deal with the percentages by hours/days late.... it's too confusing.

Well, you could make the rule that the assignment is 50% off for each hour late, with a minimum score of 50%.  That way they could get full credit for the first hour and any later would be 50%.  

I would really like to be able to set a global exception (excused lateness) for students with disability waivers, so that I don't have to remember to correct their grades manually each time they are late.

Hi @ccallicott,

Thanks for posting your comment. I'm not familiar with a setting that allows instructors or admins to excuse late assignments automatically for specific students. If you'd like to suggest an update to functionality, you can create a feature idea. To learn more about feature ideas, check out: How do I create a new idea conversation in the Canvas Community? and How do idea conversations work in the Canvas Community?

As a work around, you could create differentiated due dates for those students. To learn more, check out: How do I assign an assignment to an individual student? and How do I view differentiated assignments with different due dates in a course?

Naomi

This is way too confusing - I just want late any scores to zero out and be required to be manually graded for any points.  In fact, even better would be prohibiting any student from taking a late quiz (I can customize an extension if needed).  But if you do that, then that means no one can see their score either.  The late features in Canvas are sorely lacking.

My work-around is 100% per hour late, then add in points if I feel it is warranted, but then you technically have a double-high score and get a warning that you have an abnormally high grade, when what I really want is just to give regular points because student was only a few minutes late.  I really hate this.

Hi @madsen_34 ,

We've always closed submissions. Students can still click in to view their score.

We have historically allowed review which could have impacted things, so I just checked in a test course - with review turned off, the student can still view their grade once the quiz has closed.

@bstrickl  Ok, but I also want them to see their questions - it is important for solidifying the knowledge covered as well as future reviewing and studying.  If it is "closed" can students still see that information?

@madsen_34,

If they've taken it and you turn review on, yes they can review it until the course is closed (unless you were to unpublish for some reason).

However, they can't see the questions if they don't take the quiz. If you still wanted them to see the quiz questions (for study purposes), despite not taking it, an easy way around would be creating a page with the questions that only becomes available once the quiz closes - so they can see the questions, but can't submit anything.

You're welcome to email me directly if you would like to discuss. 🙂

bstrickl2005@fit.edu

When a late submission is made, e.g. Submission A, it gets a late penalty. If the student re-submits the assignment a day later, e.g. Submission B, will the late penalty change? In other words, is Canvas designed to apply late policy on Submission A or B?

Hi @nschutz,

 I will be honest, I am stumped. I think this is a great question though. I'm going to test this and see what happens. Based on the nature of your question, this will take a few days to figure out. I'll let you know what I find out.

Cody 

Hi @nschutz,

I ran a test on this and it looks like the late policy will always be linked to the first submission. For example, I created a 100-point assignment in a course with a 10% deduction per hour late. The student submitted the assignment one hour late and the teacher gave a score of 100 points. A deduction of 10% was applied for a total score of 90. The student submitted again at two hours late and the teacher applied a grade of 100. A deduction of 10% was applied for a total score of 90.

Hope this helps!

Cody

@CanvasDocTeam 

The first late submission though, not just first submission, it seems? An on-time submission followed by a late submission is being penalized.

Hi @mk715

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the global Canvas Community! I’m not sure if you meant to post this in a course, but if you did, you may need to verify that your post made it to the correct place in your course.

Thanks, 

Allie 

@CanvasDocTeam 

Hi,

I tested the same scenario you described, one late submission followed by the 2nd late submission with 1% penalty per hour. If you change the score of the 2nd late submission, the late penalty is calculated based on the submission time of the 2nd submission. Can you verify if this is done by design? If so, doesn't it make sense to have the same design even if the score doesn't change?

Thanks!

Hi @nschutz and @bstrickl

After doing some more investigating and confirming, it sounds as though Late Submission policies are intended to apply to the time of the most recently scored submission. So even if the student submits the assignment on time, if they resubmit after the selected due date in Canvas and receive a submission score on that resubmission, Canvas remembers their most recent score as well as the most recent submission timestamp, triggering the Late Submission policy. If you want to allow resubmissions for the same assignment, you can update the current assignment due date (though students who didn't initially submit on time won't be penalized). Alternatively, you can duplicate the assignment and select a later due date. This way students can resubmit an assignment without penalty. 

Hopefully this helps clarify Late Submission policies and the behavior you're seeing. If you have any follow-up questions, please feel free to ask. 

Thanks, 

Allie 

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