I'm currently covering for another teacher for the full year while they are on leave. Their policy for their AP class is that if a student does not hand something in on time, then they don't get credit for it at all. That counts for everything - homework and major papers/assignments. I have kept all policies and routines as the regular teacher had them, although the no late work policy probably wouldn't be my preference. Each time I have assigned a major paper, there has been one student who has not handed the paper in on time. The structure of the course so far has been to turn papers in by X time using Turnitin. Because of the impact that these 0s have on their grades, I consult with a number of people on the administration team before I put the 0 into the grading system. Each time this has happened, the issue has escalated further, with more staff needing to be consulted. I'm beginning to feel (although nobody has made me feel this way, just me being insecure about a year-long position I guess) that I'm creating problems for people, which I don't want to do as I need a good recommendation if I want to be working somewhere come September! I do feel badly for the students, but at the same time, they are not doing what they should be doing despite being aware of the consequences. I mentioned to one member of administration that I'm going to rethink how I can implement this policy, as there has been an issue with every single assignment. Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to how I can do this while keeping the no late assignment policy in place, as others have received the zeros so it would be unfair to change that for other students now. We also have to run the papers through Turnitin, as it's become part of the school-wide policy on plagiarism, otherwise I'd just get them to hand in a hard copy instead.