I received this one today...

Dear Dr. Mode,

I have a question, I know that I turned in lab [assignment] late. From looking at the syllabus, it just states that late work just recieves a 25% deduction. From the rubric it said I got a 8/10 on the [assignment] and that turned into a 5.5. I checked the math and 25% of 8 is 2. Why did I lose 2.5 points from 8 instead of 2? On the syllabus it states that only a mininum of 25% is reduced from late work.

Thank you,

[Stu Dent]

At least he was very polite. I wrote back to explain that 25% of 10 was 2.5 points and that any deduction is taken from the possible grade, not the earned grade. He replied thanking me for the explanation. Was it just wishful thinking on Stu's part? Or is there something being done somewhere in other classes or in high schools that made him think that late work penalties are taken from the earned grade, not the possible grade? I've been doing this sort of penalty for certain late work for years now and never had this sort of question before.