Our computer-science curriculum mandates that we produce a paper about a research project:
- We set the topic.
- We get a professor assigned as a project guide.
- The paper has to be published at a peer-reviewed venue.
- The paper is also reviewed and marked by some professors.
For us the project guide was assigned at random and not according to our wishes. Her domain is completely different from what our paper is about.
Our project guide never reviewed our project, helped write the paper, or contributed anything else to the project. She did not show any interest in our project and kept putting us down. She was only interested in the publication scope of the project. We sent our paper to the project guide multiple times for review and she didn’t notice her name was not among the authors then. The paper has already been published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Now, our project guide asked me why her name wasn’t included, and the college is saying they wouldn’t award marks because of her name not being included. I don't believe my college has specific rules for authorship.
What would my next action be?