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Cruel and/or violent mistreatment of a person or animal in researches or academic places.

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Lecturer yelled at me after class and refused to answer my question [closed]

During one of my lectures today, I had a question with something he did and raised my hand to ask the question. The lecturer didn’t see me, so my classmate asked me what my question was so I whispered ...
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How is student feedback dealt with for poorly teaching faculty?

I teach at a teaching university. Research is not a priority. I'm new to the university and am teaching full-time. I believe I've developed a rapport with the current cohort of senior students. ...
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exam/teaching culture, possible abusive supervisor, research gatekeeping

Apologies for the length, I don't know how to make this shorter. I also don't know where else to turn for advice. :( I've recently started an MA in what promises to be a brand new humanities ...
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How to deal with an abusively condescending professor?

I am a beginning graduate student in Mathematics. I have a professor who always brings up the fact that my GPA is not great in my undergraduate degree even though my performance is above the norm in ...
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Professor's weird behavior

I have just started a thesis-based masters degree. My supervisor has asked me to help with another student's project. So I am working with another student of my supervisor. We work together and ...
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What to do when you hear many bad stories about your supervisor on the first day of your PhD?

Today was the first day of my PhD. It's a very prestigious institution and I was extremely excited to start. However, it seems there is a general feeling of discontentment with people in the group and ...
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Can I use the term 'abuse' if someone submits five papers to a conference?

During my career as a researcher, I have attended many high-quality conferences in my research field and presented papers. In general there are some rules about the number of papers accepted which ...
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Should I let my former undergraduate advisor know that my PhD advisor was abusive?

18 months into my PhD (after I had passed my quals), my advisor became so emotionally abusive and bullying that I had to take a semester off (I was already dealing with diagnosed depression). While I ...
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How to stop sexual harassment by teacher? [closed]

I'm a student in India. My music teacher was kicked out of the school about 1 month ago due to sexual misconduct. Today, he messaged me on Instagram with a fake ID and started talking nastily to me ...
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How should I handle an abusive research mentor as an undergrad?

The professor I do research with often puts me down for making mistakes and frequently calls me an idiot. I don't know the appropriate way to respond. I cannot just leave, since I still want to go to ...
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What should I do about a professor who got in my face and yelled at me?

I'm a lab assistant at my university and one day some of my coworkers who are underclassmen asked me about my experience with a professor I had taken a couple classes with. I told them that every ...
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Should I resign if my research advisor verbally abuses me?

Summary: Supervisor is verbally abusive on a regular basis. He may be trying to sabotage me by delaying the annual report on which my funding depends. Should I quit or stick it out? Details: I ...
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Dealing with unsupportive committee / adviser after completion of Ph.D.?

I finished a humanities Ph.D. about a year and a half ago, with an exceptionally unsupportive committee and dysfunctional department. I've had some short-term contract/freelance work since, but my ...
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Graduate Program Director Congratulating Me on Failing Comprehensive

This was a few years ago now. My PhD program had two exams. The first I passed with high marks the second I failed. I did not really know who to talk with about this. It is common in my program for ...
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What can I do if a student in my lab threatens to tell lies about me, and my advisor doesn't want to fire her?

I'm doing my Masters right now and I am a new lab member (I've been there for just 4 months). A undergrad student didn't like it when I told her to follow biosafety rules when handling dangerous ...
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What should I do when I would like to move to a new lab because my current PI is abusive? [closed]

I started to work in a Lab as a Researcher 4 months ago, with the prospect of being a PhD student. This Lab carries out research topics I am interested and passionate about but when I started there ...
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How to deal with an abusive advisor?

I am a graduate student in mathematics. I've been having a difficult relationship with my advisor, and I need some help on the matter. Some background When I just started my graduate studies, my ...
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Lecturer ridiculing me in front of class for making a mistake

The situation is, that I have a B.S. from computer science and I was awarded for my final thesis. Because of this I was offered a position in research, where I'm working for the 3rd month now. My ...
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Anonymous Student Feedback: Moving forward from abusive comments

I'm looking for some guidance from some senior/experienced academics situated in the teaching space. As a relatively new lecturer (though I have some experience in lecturing in the past) I'm always ...
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Is there a lack of oversight of how professors interact with students?

Why does there seem to be a lack of oversight when it comes to how professors interact with students? For example, consider the following questions: How to deal with an advisor who wants a "...
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Trauma affected my grades while in undergrad, how will it affect me getting into graduate school?

I was traumatized by an abusive relationship. While in the relationship, my grades were affected. Out of the relationship, I chose to stay in school and struggle with my studies instead of medically ...
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How will expulsion for physical abuse and sexual misconduct affect a student's future educational career?

I recently had a university student (my ex) expelled from my undergrad university when he was found responsible for physical abuse and sexual misconduct. How would this expulsion affect his future ...
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Unable to defend and graduate because of advisers fickle mentality

I am an international student at a US university and I have a fantastic, caring and supportive adviser who I find fosters a happy work environment for all his students to grow in. Here's the drawback ...
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What to do if one has had an unsuccessful PhD (because of others' fault)?

I was talking to a friend of mine, and he just feel in a deep depression due to finishing his PhD. He will be defending in the coming weeks, and there is a high likelihood he will pass. In his ...