Due today was the first draft of essay #1.
I know I am new to this "a.m." thing, and perhaps morning classes see a much greater amount of this kind of thing...but, blowing off the day the first draft of the first major essay? I am trying to decide whether and how to go about being Mr Scary. This is not something I am inclined to tolerate, and my first impulse is to urge these Slackers to drop the class...but I don't want to be unfair, either. Hm. University policy is that three absences = grade decrease, and three late arrivals = one absence. Several of them have already missed two classes.
I didn't have to deal with this sort of thing when I was teaching in the afternoon, so perhaps I'm just jumpy, but it seems worrisome and a poor prognosis.