Hi Im a student in community college. I'm currently taking a class with a very strict teacher. While I feel for what he is going through I feel I have been treated unfairly. He is having a very hard time controlling his class, many are not understanding the criteria and many of us that are trying are getting caught in the punishment that was meant for others. I go to school part time, have a full time job and strict at home, despite all of them I put all of them in turmoil to turn in the best project possible. I took time off work, off from my other class and spent 24 hours at a time slaving away on it. On the day it was due I was sick and unable to make it to class, but brought it in the next class. I came in and tacked my masterpiece to the board to have it critiqued but was told that it wouldnt be because it was late. During the break I got great reviews and compliments from my classmates, I was hit with a barrage of questions and pats on the back, when one of the other students informs me that all late projects get an automatic F! No one in the class I talked to had any knowledge of this new policy. I set up a meeting with him and discussed the problem with him. He refused to reconsider the grade but told me if I continue to bring in exceptional work that I will pass. I am going to school on a grant, If my grade slips below a C average I will lose my grant and Im looking at being a professional driver for the rest of a miserable poor life. I am now trapped between dropping the class and bringing my case before the dean or gambling with my life on weather or not he puts me through the ringer again over some meager infractor. Is there a policy guide to grading? Is he really able to give an F for one day late, with no notice? Is there a infractor or handbook for teachers that can help me?