Students often need extensions on their assignments. Last semester I tried out a new approach to dealing with this, and it seemed to work out well for everybody.
You have seven late days, in total, which you can use throughout the semester. For example, if you use two late days on the first assignment, you will have five left over for your remaining assignments. To get these late days, all you have to do is ask; you don't need to provide any excuses, or give any reasons.
Basically, by asking for late days on an assignment, you are asking to have the due date for that assignment extended by that number of days. For example, if you ask for two late days, and turn your assignment three days late, it will be counted as if it were only one day late.
Once you use up your seven late days, that's it--you don't get any more.
To claim late days:
The usual late penalties are: 5 points per day, up to a maximum of 50 points. You won't lose more than 50 points (out of 100) for any assignment, however late it is. However, we will stop accepting submissions at some unpredictable time, for each assignment.
Finally, this isn't totally cast in stone. If you have a serious life-changing event, we may be able to work out some way for you to finish the course.