Does a instructor have to specify whether or not they accept late assignments? Only now, after three years of college, have I encountered a professor who does not explicitly state his policy for late assignments. Neither on the course outline nor in person. I would like to know if it is strongly suggested that professors set a policy on late assignments. Moreover, does the lack of a late work policy subject the instructor to the risk of students claiming ignorance?
Does a instructor have to specify whether or not they accept late assignments?
No. If an assignment is described as being due by a certain date, then In the absence of any statements to the contrary, you should assume that will not be accepted after the due date. That’s basically implicit in the meaning of “due” and does not need to be stated explicitly, unless the university has a policy requiring this.
does the lack of a late work policy subject the instructor to the risk of students claiming ignorance?
Perhaps, but I doubt that’s something the professor is worried about, or that claiming ignorance would get you anywhere.
In the UK, this would generally be a decision made at the University or programme level, rather than by individual instructors. There would generally be a duty to publicize the policy, but only via a webpage or student handbook, and again not applying to instructors. To pick an example (found by Googling regulations for a couple of likely institutions) Bristol University has a regulation
17.3 Students must be made aware of the existence of penalties for not meeting submission deadlines in the relevant school or faculty handbook.
The following regulations describe the actual penalty itself.