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Questions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on academic institutions, staff, students, and other stakeholders.

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Other students can easily cheat on a test and the grading system is relative - should I cheat, and what else can I do?

Amid the pandemic, a test that has traditionally been in-class is now planned to be held as follows: The examiner starts a Zoom conference. The students join the conference from their homes, turning ...
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Can online recording of work area at home be made a mandatory criterion for passing exams midway through a course?

Right now with the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada I believe most Ontario universities and colleges have their classes online, and my university decided to do that as well. With this in mind, many of our ...
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Avoiding "Zoom bombing" in virtual conferences and seminars

With travel restricted by the COVID-19 pandemic, many academics are organizing online seminars and conferences as a substitute for regular in-person university seminars, colloquia, and research ...
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Can I put an invited talk on my CV if the conference was canceled?

I was invited to give a talk at an important conference, which has now been canceled due to coronavirus. Can I still list the fact that I was invited on my CV, with a parenthetical note? It's not the ...
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How can I deal with being pressured by my department to pass students who failed?

Due to COVID-19, I have found myself teaching a course online. I worked with the university teaching center to transition the course online, prepared an online classroom, and updated the requirements ...
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What methods can be used in online exams to genuinely test the students' knowledge and capabilities?

There has been a lot of talk about online teaching in relation to covid-19 and campus shutdowns. This question isn't about that though: my question is about what ways online examinations should be ...
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How do I find a new advisor for an unvaccinated graduate student?

Summary: I am closing my laboratory, and need to find a new placement for a PhD student who has strong anti-vaccination beliefs. Every professor on campus knows about it. How I can help them find new ...
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How to deal with hostility from administrators when starting a new postdoc position?

I applied for a postdoc at a lab in the US as I really liked the work of that lab. I had the initial interview with the professor and then with the lab members. All went well and the professor ...
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I am like a stranger in the group

I don't know how to behave as a new PhD student towards the other people in my group. I started my PhD at the begining of Covid in February 2020. One week after I met the people in our group, our ...
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How can I deal with students who try to steer a course (in the online setting)?

I am not a course instructor, but I am a teaching assistant for a large course in STEM in the large US school. I have been soliciting advice from students to improve the course and tutorial for the ...
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Students admit illicit behavior in private communication: how should I proceed?

I am an adjunct professor at a University for a course where the students have to use a certain software "X" during the course. The software is distributed under a proprietary license; our ...
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How to detect cheating when students take online quizzes or exams from home?

I am currently teaching a basic R programming course with about 80 students. Under normal circumstances, a core course assessment component is a programming exam, which is done in the computer lab ...
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Making friends in academia and building connections

I started a new faculty position this past fall, which also entailed moving to a new city where I don't know anyone. When I first moved here, I was excited about getting to know my colleagues, as they ...
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How to welcome new PhD students/postdocs to the group during lockdown?

These days several countries (including Germany, where I am situated) are heading towards some kind of lockdown due to the Corona pandemic. Nonetheless, new group members arrive and I have the feeling ...
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Best practices to teach while wearing a mask

The title of the question pretty much says it all: starting Fall 2020, my university should resume face-to-face classes, requiring that all faculty, staff, students, and visitors […] wear an ...
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Postdoc position "on hold" due to covid-19

I am currently in a job in the US (on STEM OPT). I had a postdoc offer from a large US university that was supposed to start April 16. I signed an offer letter for a two year contract. We were in the ...
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COVID-19 - how do I navigate this situation with my advisor?

I am a Master's student in epidemiology. It's an insane time in our field right now. Of course, I find what's going on fascinating (that's why I am in this field), but extremely stressful as well. I ...
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Chair Offers COVID-19 Compensation... But Asks ME to Put Out a Number

The chair of my department has very generously offered to try and secure funding for some of the part-time and adjunct professors working in the department as compensation for adapting our originally ...
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My students are leaving notes on exam about their difficulties and mental health. How to proceed?

This is the first semester in which classes aren't online anymore after the pandemic where I lecture (For information, this is in Brazil, and English is not my mother language). It's been two years of ...
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Possible ways to do experiment classes during covid situation

Due to covid-19, most of my classmates and I haven't seen a lab (Physics) for more than two years. Now, I'm in the second semester of the master's program, and soon it will be PhD. Right now, we are ...
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How can I ask to not be assigned a seat near a particular person during exams?

I'm going to write my exams next month, but since COVID-19 we have special rules on how exams should be carried out and one of them is that every student is assigned a place to sit in the examination ...
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Can the university force me to share my courses publicly online? I want to use my course material to write a book in the future [closed]

As a response for the Covid-19 pandemic, my university built an electronic platform, and is now ordering professors to share their courses on it. The school platform is open to the public, so I'd ...
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I did absolutely nothing during COVID, how to catch up?

I'm a PhD student. When COVID lockdowns hit I lost contact with everyone else from my department other than my supervisor. I subsequently pretty much lost all my motivation to work, and managed to ...
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How can I deal with claims of technical difficulties for an online exam?

I was talking with some instructors, and we noticed that there is a pattern of claims about technical difficulties. I wonder if there are any rules to follow of whether to allow or don't allow ...
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Why are small distractions impacting my day so much?

During the pandemic, at least the premier institutes of my country are operating in work from home mode. Since this lessens the physical activity of going around labs and classrooms daily I tried to ...
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How to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak while organizing a conference?

I am an organizer for a graduate student conference in Mathematics occurring in April. My co-organizers and I are debating on a plan for what to do if the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States ...
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Acknowledging local government for quarantine measures

It looks like I may completely write a paper while in coronavirus-related quarantine. Would it be appropriate to thank my local government in the acknowledgements? If I'm honest with myself, I don't ...
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Should remote teaching sessions be shorter than classroom sessions?

In normal years, when I teach in a physical classroom, I teach in sessions of ~90 minutes, with ~30 minutes break. This year, all teaching is done via Zoom (in real-time), and I wonder whether I ...
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Tips for transition to online classrooms given university shutdowns in response to COVID-19

Given the recent shutdowns of many universities across the world, there's an increased interest in online education techniques. In my case, I am a TA for a quantum chemistry class, and I'm finding it ...
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How do I job hunt as an assistant professor mid-tenure, mid pandemic?

I have decided to take a new job, mid tenure case. I am having trouble finding information about how to job hunt in academia at my mid-rank. Specifically: How to communicate my status Whether to ...
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Will taking unpaid leave hurt tenure process?

I am in the last year of my tenure clock and will be submitting my tenure package this Fall. However, I will not be able to teach on campus this Fall partly due to COVID-19 disruption (school closing ...
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How can I tell if I'm making enough progress when working remotely?

I am starting a PhD abroad, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic I cannot leave my country at the moment. My advisor has agreed that I can work remotely (starting later is not an option). While we can ...
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Advice for first time mathematics TA during the COVID-19 pandemic [closed]

I'm set to start my first year as a TA at a large R1 institution. My teaching assignment consists of being a TA for an honors calculus I section. This includes holding a weekly problem solving session ...
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A stunted PhD: PhD in the time of a pandemic

I'm a third year Math PhD student in the US. My concern is that my PhD is going to be stunted in the following sense: I am my advisor's only graduate student. This is not uncommon for grad students ...
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What is the academic job market going to be like in September-November 2020? [closed]

Is there any good reason to be optimistic? I have the impression that this may be the worst job market year in the past ten years. Edit to be more specific: I am referring to hiring grad students, ...
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Retroactively Awarding Extra Exam Time

Since the beginning of the Corona Virus pandemic and the adaptation to distance learning, I have had to adapt my classes to hold exams via video calls. In previous semesters when I've had students ...
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Ethics of asking student vaccination status

I work at a large public university in Washington state. Until recently, many buildings on campus have been closed, masks have been required, etc. Campus is now opening up, and vaccination is required ...
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Is it appropriate to express concerns to a professor about a new exam format?

I'm taking a math class at community college. The class has three regular exams (25% of grade) and a final (25%). Normally, the professor generously grades the fifteen-question exams with partial ...
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Is it appropriate to ask prospective supervisors about how they handled the pandemic?

The question says it all but for a bit of context: Something I disliked about my former lab is how they handled the pandemic. It is important to me to work in a lab that cares about the safety of ...
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How to gracefully step back from academic administration duties during the pandemic?

I am a tenured professor who holds some administrative positions (e.g., graduate director) in exchange for teaching reduction. I had previously asked about the administrative tasks consuming all my ...
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Can I and how to offer to translate papers (on COVID-19)?

In light of the recent pandemic of COVID-19 spreading in the world, there have been many Chinese papers with only English abstracts published in Chinese journals. Some western papers have cited the ...
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How can I tactfully decline my supervisor's suggestion and set boundaries?

New here. So I just started my postdoc about a month ago (great time to start a postdoc during a pandemic I know). Learning the ropes and trying to kinda set my own path in the lab has been ...
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Posting commentary papers to preprint repositories

Short version: We noticed a problematic but influential preprint, wrote a commentary paper to criticize and rebut it, but were not able to post the comment to any public preprint repository. In this ...
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How does the COVID-19 crisis affect durations of peer review and editorial handling?

One question we often get on this site in one form or the other is: Is my paper under review (or similar) for too long and if yes, how should I react? Now, suppose I have gone through all the steps to ...
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Progress to Ph.D. delayed due to COVID-19: How to convince advisor to let me finish degree without taking an extra year?

UPDATE: I completed all data collection and writing for my dissertation and have my defense scheduled for next month (January 2022). I also still received satisfactory progress and funding. Several ...
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Postponing faculty start date due to covid and Pregnancy?

Any advice? I’m just a few weeks pregnant, due in June. I’m supposed to start a faculty position (tt - great fit) at a research intensive R1 school. Our plan had been to move back to the US in ...
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Who might lose a job in academia due to covid19? [closed]

With covid19 continues to spread, this might affect the universities in the next semesters as the number of students might drop and many universities are offering cheap online degrees compared with ...
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Alternative ways to use lecture time when only one quarter of the students can attend?

In the upcoming semester, we are going to organise and hold a beginner’s lecture with some peculiar restrictions (due to the COVID-19 crisis): We can use a lecture hall at two 90-minute slots per ...
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PhD dissertation burnout duing pandemic (COVID-19)

I am in the process of writing my PhD thesis and it happens to be during the global pandemic crisis. My submission date was supposed to be June 2020 (we are in April 2020), but my supervisor has been ...
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Are we focusing too much on cheating with online courses?

Recently, the online calculus class I TA for took their first test of the semester and the grades were horrific. Granted, this is my first semester as a TA so my expectations might have been high. ...
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