Extension Penalties

Before applying an extension penalty, you should understand how each penalty method affects your student's assignment score.

Three extension penalty methods are available.

% unearned
A percentage of the point value of the questions answered correctly after the extension is granted. No penalty is applied if no more questions are answered correctly.
% total
A percentage of the total possible points for the assignment.
The specified number of points.

Each penalty method affects your student's score differently.


For example, your student has earned 100 out of a possible 200 points. They then receive an extension using one of the three penalty methods and correctly answers questions worth an additional 50 points.

Penalty Method:
20% unearned

Penalty Method:
20% total

Penalty Method:
20 points

Score before extension 100 100 100
Points earned after extension +50 +50 +50
Penalty -10 (20% of 50) -40 (20% of 200) -20
Final score 140 110 130
Important Because % total and points penalties are deducted as soon as a manual or automatic extension is granted, first ask your student to accept or decline a manual extension that imposes these kinds of penalties.
Best Practice Set the penalty to 30% unearned to balance the needs of discouraging late work and encouraging students to finish their work even if it is late.

Some instructors set a penalty that is based on how many days after the due date the assignment is submitted — for example, to deduct 5% for each day. You can replicate this behavior with manual extensions. Ask your student how much time is needed and manually calculate the penalty points based on the new due date.

Important Because granting an extension changes the student's due date, automatic bonus or penalty points based on the due date will be applied based on the student's extended due date. If needed, adjust the student's assignment score after the extension period ends.