This article is written for Google Workspace for Education administrators.

Google Classroom gives students an option to mark an assignment as done and turn in. But teachers found out students actually not really doing the work and have to return their assignment and private message them. Or students could forget to attach their work when they turn in the assignment. Some teachers consider this option useless and disturbing.

Students turn in empty assignments in Google Classroom
Students turn in empty assignments in Google Classroom

This article shows how Safe Doc disables students turning empty assignment and enforces students to attach at least one work in Google Classroom. If you have yet to install Safe Doc, please get a 30-days trial.

What are the changes?

In students' Classroom assignment view, there is a Mark as done button if no files are attached. When students hit the button, they will turn in empty assignments and teachers will see the assignment of No attachments like the screenshot above.

Safe Doc disables the Mark as done button to prevent them from turning in empty assignments. A tooltip of Empty submission not allowed prompts students to attach at least one file or link.

Safe Doc disables the 'Mark as done' button in Google Classroom
Safe Doc disables the 'Mark as done' button in Google Classroom

In another case, if an assignment has been graded by the teacher, the student is able to resubmit an empty assignment by clicking the Resubmit button and Mark as done button.

Safe Doc disables resubmitting empty assignment in Google Classroom
Safe Doc disables resubmitting empty assignment in Google Classroom

After these buttons are disabled, all students' work in the teacher's Classwork view will have at least one file and teachers will no longer be bothered by the No attachments issue.

How to set up in Safe Doc

First of all, you have deployed Safe Doc and read Safe Doc Configuration.

Blocking the empty assignment submission is managed by the policy BlockClassroomAssignmentEmptySubmission. The policy is by default OFF. Add and set the policy value to true to turn on the blocking in your Safe Doc extension policy configuration.

"BlockClassroomAssignmentEmptySubmission": {
  "Value": true
}

The blocking enforcement applies to all students in an OU for which Safe Doc is installed.


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