Lateness, apology letters and strict liability

I was having an issue with student lateness early in the semester, despite a lateness policy we discussed as a class the first week. Threats of a lower grade and of required meetings with program directors to discuss recurrent lateness seemed to have little effect. So one day, borrowing a concept I picked up from a parenting book, I presented the question to my students: What would be an appropriate consequence for lateness?

After some discussion (including input from me), we decided that an appropriate consequence would be: If you’re late for class, then you must Continue reading