Questions tagged [ethics]

On making a decision based on morals or common ethical codes instead of etiquette, rules, institutional or government policy, or technical or procedural reasons.

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Postdoc-led Lab Mutiny: Is this normal? What to do? [closed]

A new postdoc has written an email on behalf of all grad students (CCing us) accusing our professor of being irresponsible, saying we would all stop our experiments. The postdoc has been helping PhD ...
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Faculty member brought sick (feverish) child to class - is this unethical? [closed]

A faculty member recently brought their young child to a graduate seminar. The child had a fever -- and therefore was deemed not healthy enough to be at school. The faculty member did not ask the ...
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Ethical reaction to fake academic degree claim. (Unfinished PhD)

Let's assume a hypothetical context where someone figures out that a given businessperson's claims to have a PhD from a prestigious university are not true. The person in question was enrolled in a ...
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Should I agree to my supervisor's request to place him as first author of my paper?

I published 3 papers as first author. Now, my supervisor requested me to place him as first author in my 4th paper. Should I agree to my supervisor's request to place him as first author of my paper? ...
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Am I required to hand out private encryption key to head of institute?

I am a PhD student at a German university. Motivated by a longer absence of a (technical) coworker due to illness, the accessibility of data of the members of my institute has been discussed for such ...
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Can a postdoc change his/her supervisor in Sweden?

In Sweden, a PhD student can change its supervisor according to the higher education rules and regulations. They actually have quite a lot of rights during their studies. I wanted to know if this is ...
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In a new job; is it OK to recommend a partner for a job search?

I just started a new job teaching at a university last September; because of that, I’m also in a long-distance relationship. (We’re not married or even engaged at this point.) My partner is also in my ...
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Colleague demanding to add additional participant to funded grant

Recently I had a moderate sized grant funded from a national agency. The grant aim was to obtain data to combat a new disease causing significant issues in corn. As you may guess, the new, high ...
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How ethical is it to hide information from students?

I have multiple experiences from multiple teachers that they hide the book they are secretly following and picking problems from, and whenever students ask for a reference book, they give a multitude ...
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Is it “legal” for a Senior Vice President and Provost of a College to be Intimate with a PHD Candidate in their editing? [closed]

Is it “legal” for a Senior Vice President and Provost of a College to be Intimate with a PHD Candidate While working on their dissertation of the same School?
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Quit PhD and reapply for another PhD?

I am currently a year-three postgraduate student and aimming for a PhD (in my country 4 year for a PhD, and it's allowed to quit and gain master degree). Although with fine results in the first ...
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Ditch Workplace Ethics or Quit PhD [closed]

During my last PhD year there were several disagreements with my supervisor. I am out of funding and got warned of being forced out of the PhD program if I disagree in the future with the supervisor ...
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What sort of professional boundary should I set with other students when I am a grader for a class I will be taking?

Next semester, I am going to take a course in which I have some background knowledge. Given the relevance of the course in my research, the lack of available students with sufficient knowledge in the ...
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How is the protest against Elsevier coming along? [duplicate]

I reread Tim Gowers protest against Elsevier as well as other writings from well-known professors that indicate they still protest. I'm also aware of the boycott. Has this protest actually changed ...
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Is it ethical to apply for a short-term grant with a partner/spouse/girlfriend?

My partner and I live in different countries, and we have been discussing a research topic for some time but have had difficulty making progress due to the distance, local responsibilities, etc. We ...
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Social norms about hiring freelance assistants

Is it considered ethical or appropriate for a researcher to hire a freelance contractor to perform or assist in some secondary tasks related to the preparation of a research papers? To make some ...
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Students using the same flawed online solution sheet as the grading TA

I am in a small electricity and magnetism class, and I have recently become aware of other students using an online solution sheet (on slader.com). On the most recent homework, I (who didn't use the ...
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Is it (un)ethical to use your students' research idea without giving them coauthorship (only acknowledgement)?

A tad similar to this question here but also quite different, so here's the current debacle: In one of my classes I taught, the final project entails students getting in groups and having to run a ...
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Disagreement with supervisor regarding sending an erratum

I have a paper that is accepted and published in a journal. After it was accepted I realized that some of the errors were calculated in a wrong manner and hence they appeared around 1.5 times smaller ...
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Student not giving mid-project report and not coming to defense [closed]

Context: I am a researcher in a Western European university. As part of a masters courses in my uni, students have a rather long project to do (each student has its own project). This project is ...
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Would using the advanced built-in functions on a CAS calculator be cheating? [closed]

On a test on a course that isn't math, but uses it, such as physics or engineering, would using a CAS to reduce the handiwork I have to do be considered cheating? For example, what if I used the ...
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What are the ethical implications of lying to get into a course?

I attend a small liberal arts college in the US. Through the cross-registration program, we are permitted to take classes at a large state university at no extra cost to us. However, we are only ...
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Using Fiverr for proofreading/editing essays [closed]

I have written my Statement of Purpose all by myself. Now, I am planning to use Fiverr to proofread the essay since I come from a country where English is not widely spoken. Does it count as ...
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Ways to get around pre-registration?

The question sounds bad but here is the context: My area of focus is psychology where preregistering studies (e.g., methodology, hypotheses, analytical plans) is becoming more and more popular to ...
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can repeated submission of papers omitting main contributor considered as plagiarism?will the journals retract such articles?

I have completed my MTech in an elite institute in India. During my tenure, my professor forced me to collaborate with a Part-time Phd student, hence the work had to be shared data, analysis & ...
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Is unfinalized information in graduate application considered “misleading content”?

I'm applying for grad schools (in the US) for next fall, and am currently a graduate student elsewhere (again in the US). This semester I was on a leave (with a research position at a third place), ...
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Can I recreate/redesign a peer reviewed journal article findings (giving proper credits to author, journal)into powerpoint and sell it?

Can I recreate/redesign a peer reviewed journal article findings (giving proper credits to author, journal) into powerpoint slide and sell it for profit?
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Am I being exploited by my supervisor?

It has been 4.5 years since I joined as a PhD student. My supervisor asks me to draft almost all of his important emails. He will begin by briefing me the issue, and ask me to draft the email in a ...
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Could your adviser make you to commit to work on your paper before signing your graduation form?

Here is a peculiar situation I face but I don't think it is uncommon in academia. My adviser asked me in an email to commit to continuing the work to publish a paper from my PhD work before signing ...
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Where to Address Issues With Bad Class Formats

A little background info: So I'm in my second year of studies at a state university in the town I live in. I'm specifically going to school for computer science. As I said, I'm in my second year, but ...
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Is it ethical to post an exam question and answer to the internet?

I am a private tutor for (mostly) high school maths and physics students. Recently a student came to me with an elegant little problem that he had been given on an exam. The problem was very short, ...
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Academic dishonesty: Sending material to other group members?

To help with the rest of the members for the group assignment I sent some images of a guide on how to do academic research for assignments. This ordinarily came from another unit of mine, which was ...
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Supervisor published my thesis figures without including me as an author

The supervisor for my PhD thesis has recently published a paper with another student. In this paper, the other student has replicated one of the chapters of my PhD thesis for publication. For ...
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I noticed an error in a graded exam during office hours. Should I give the student the lower grade?

You are a professor. A student comes to you with a question on an exam they have taken and received back. The student wrote 5 as the answer to a question, and they want to defend why 5 is a correct ...
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How to prevent having prospective students use me for free help, and then ghost me to go to another university

In many countries there are funding sources that enable students or postdocs go study or work at a university of their choice, usually abroad. Usually for these applications, the applicant has to get ...
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Ethics: Is it ethical for a professor to conduct research using a student's ideas without giving them credit?

I pointed a professor (my major advisor) to a resource (a data set), in an email exchange during the beginning of the semester, he published a paper based on this data set several months later, ...
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Regarding Publication Authorship

I worked with this teammate on a 4-people class group project. We did research, conceived ideas and prototyped the concept together. I just found out that he is publishing this research work with ...
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I did at least half of the work, I am not cited in the presentations

For some context, I am enrolled in a PhD in applied mathematics. There is a recent work where I, my thesis adviser and a friend of his in industry have worked together, with at least half of the work ...
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Is it possible for an applicant to be disadvantaged by negative comments sent via emails without his/her consent?

I saw some reports about how corrupt teaching staff in some colleges in some countries forces their students to comply with their unreasonable demands (e.g. to conceal a huge flaw in the teacher's ...
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What to do when the professor does not stand up to cheating? [closed]

I was the teaching assistant (TA) for a very introductory physics course at a large state university. In the course of grading for this class, I came to learn that my university used the same course ...
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Who gets to access a case study database and how?

In Case Study Research, Yin (2003) states the importance to build a case study database, in order to increase the reliability of the findings. "...without a case study database, the raw data may ...
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Is referencing online solution acceptable when completing assignments

I'm not sure if I'm overthinking this. Recently I had an assignment that is intended to be completed individually in which I cannot understand one of the questions at all. Lectures didn't help as the ...
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Conflict of interests and the assignment of referee for a very narrow field

Consider a very small scientific field with three major contributors and a total of 15 authors, all of them had coauthored with everyone else. In this field how could the editor choose referee for ...
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Ethics questions concerning a referee assignment

Asking this question here as it was suggested in one of the comments from MO. I recently refereed a paper that I returned to the author(s) for revision. The thrust of their argument relied on a claim ...
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Reproducible, open, transparent, ethical Research when confronted to (patient) data anonymization : is it at all possible in practice?

A lot of Hype goes in reproducible, open and transparency for data analysis theses days in some fields mores that other. The code is to be share as well as the dataset. How to achieve this in a ...
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My Professor changed my multiple choice answers. What should I do?

My prof changed some of my multiple choice answers on a test to give me a better grade. I noticed because I remember putting different answers for the questions and the way they were circled was not ...
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What is the name for “academic fights”?

There are several kinds of academic fights: Two researchers may have different interpretations or modelling approaches to the same dataset. They claim that the other party is wrong in their ...
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Does Utilitarian ethics have a place in Academia?

Most academic ethics (indeed, most professional ethics in general) are heavily focused on Kantian/Deontological principles. For academics, the basic rules are blatantly Deontological - don't ...
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Introducing myself to researchers from my dream school

I am applying to a PhD program in a few weeks, and I am also going to give a presentation at an upcoming international academic conference. I heard that a group of researchers from my dream school is ...
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Are there ethics concerns when students conduct human subjects research?

It is common for faculty and graduate students to conduct human subjects research on undergraduate students. Typically precautions are made to ensure that faculty do not use the teacher/student ...