Procrastination and Delayed Assignment Submissions: Student and Faculty Perceptions of Late Point Policy and Grace


  • Beverly Santelli Grand Canyon University
  • Sarah N Robertson Grand Canyon University
  • Elizabeth K. Larson Grand Canyon University
  • Samia Humphrey Grand Canyon University



Late point policy, late submissions, faculty grace, procrastination, homework extension, assignment submission patterns, perception on leniency


An exploratory study using a questionnaire was conducted among 597 full-time enrolled online students and 53 full-time online faculty teaching at a private university in the Southwest. Results are presented in frequency tables and participant feedback to compare differences and similarities of instructor and student perceptions of reasons for late assignment submission, late point policy, and leniency. Some differences in perception between student and faculty participants are noted. Further inquiry into the impact late assignment submissions, late point policies and instructor leniency have on student success rates, satisfaction, and persistence is warranted.

Author Biographies

Beverly Santelli, Grand Canyon University

Assistant Professor for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Sarah N Robertson, Grand Canyon University

Full-Time Faculty for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Elizabeth K. Larson, Grand Canyon University

Associate Professor for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Samia Humphrey, Grand Canyon University

Full-Time Faculty for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences


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