Matthew Bamberg--Author, Educator, Photographer
Many universities have strict policies for students who submit late assignments. Some leave the penalties up to the instructor, and others slap the point deductions independent of what the professor decides.
Either way, late assignment penalties need to be abolished for students who notify the professor ahead of time. That statement might make some educators cringe, leaving them astonished.
1. In the real world of writing and project management if you give your superior written notice that your work will be late (with an acceptable excuse) it's usually an acceptable process if the assignment submission delay isn't too long of a period of time. The thinking here is it's better the job be done correctly than not, despite the time it's turned in.
2. If a professional submits an assignment haphazardly, he/she is likely going to get it back to redo regardless of the due date. That process (submitting an assignment with many errors on-time) creates animosity between the professional and his/her superior in addition to the work being late, further complicating the entire process. Better the work be done correctly a few days late than go through both the conflict and frustration of working with an inferior piece of work.