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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Asking REU professor for a recommendation letter when applying to their university. Ethical?

Is it ethical (or advisable) to ask a professor I did a REU with for a recommendation letter when their university is among my application choices? Note: if I get admitted (the admission process is ...
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Patient's consent for photographs

If a journal requirements for patient's photograph say "Patient Photographic Authorization and Release form (when appropriate)", does this mean I must include patient's acceptance for publication of ...
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Is it possible to conduct a research project on my own and then publish it? [duplicate]

I am a bachelor level psychology student and I would like start my own research project independently. Since studies have to be approved by an ethics committee, is it possible to conduct the study ...
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Ethics of citing a source's source [duplicate]

There were a few occasions during my Undergraduate Thesis where my research brought me to one particular author's book which benefited my work greatly not only for its content but sources. Within his ...
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What is the best way to cite people who help you on StackExchange? [duplicate]

Suppose you are doing a research project in math, and one of the people on MathOverflow gives you a key idea that helped you finish a proof of a theorem. Now you are writing this proof up and ...
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Is it okay for me to violate my school's honor policy by ghostwriting others' papers for money? [closed]

I've been asked to write a paper for someone else at my school and it has made me question whether I'd be doing a horrible thing by agreeing. I have done it and accepted pay before now. My papers are ...
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Told my professor something in confidence

I am in a bit of a pickle here. I am in a course, and a student that I know quite well asked to collaborate with me on a project. I agreed. We started working on the project for 30 minutes, but I was ...
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Is calling a staff member “selfish” harassment? [closed]

A faculty member wrote to a staff member that "you are selfish." The staff member wrote back to the faculty member asking for an explanation. The faculty member did not respond and wrote: "I would not ...
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Is there a potential problem where supervisor is close to someone working in similar area?

Is there a potential problem when an academic supervises a Ph.D. student in a very specific area in which someone close to them is also active and working (and supervising Ph.D. students who are ...
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Violated academic integrity on an online coursework. What do I do?

basically I was working on the answers with my friend and didn’t realize the questions were slightly different and therefore I used the answers we got that were based off of hers to mine. I am scared, ...
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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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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 it ethical for a professor to ask students to pretend to be gay [closed]

My professor is requiring students to pretend to be a closeted LGBT student for a day/or to perform actions that are “trans”. It’s worth 10% of the grade. Edit: I’m queer and in my opinion this ...
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Head of department questionable comprehensive test decision [closed]

I took the comprehensive test recently for my PhD and the head of the department sent me an email stating I didn't answer one of his questions the right way. Now I answered the question exactly how ...
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Abusing privacy

About a year ago, I was studying at a university. I had a subject with a tutor; since my family moved to a different city, I also moved to a different university and discontinued my studies at my ...
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Am I wrong to believe teachers can commit plagiarism? [closed]

This evening, my senior in high school daughter came home upset because of a bad score on a test in an AP class. The particular questions were extremely esoteric Bloom level 1 questions (e.g., how ...
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Should I discuss with professor before joining research internship? [closed]

Hypothetically: a MS student, and have an offer for an internship related to what I've been academically working on. I know some information on the current projects of the people that work in the same ...
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Am I morally obliged to report myself of a perceived violation of good academic practice? [closed]

I am the original poster from this question on a new account. I tried registering the account, but for some reason it made me have a fresh account with no rep and did not acknowledge my original post, ...
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What should I do with the published paper if a section of paper is bad? [closed]

What should I do if the paper is misleading (say deliberately done due to lack of money to buy hardware resources like GPU or lack of time)? What if a section of the paper has misleading information ...
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Should a scientific paper have copyright? [closed]

Should a scientific paper have copyright? I guess not. It seems to me that science and copyright are not compatible. Let's say I wrote a very important paper in, say, cell biology. Suppose I have ...
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Is it morally correct to submit a paper to a conference with wrong results? [duplicate]

Suppose, after publishing a research paper, you notice that the implemented methodology is 'wrong', and it could alter the results completely if corrected. Given this, Without correcting a ...
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Graduation rates [closed]

And so, at the faculty senate meeting (at a large public university) an administrator is gloating how the graduation rates have soared by anywhere from 5 to 50% (at different colleges of the ...
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How can I serve my supervisor? [closed]

So I am hoping to study a higher scientific degree; research proposal created by myself. Since - (i) the research interest will be mostly my own, although it will overlap with those of my supervisor (...
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Is it reasonable to hold the grade of a student who has graduated? [closed]

My son took an Undergraduate Thesis course this year, and he could not submit his thesis at the end of the school year. Even he has graduated now, he cannot submit his thesis. His advisor insisted ...
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What should I do if my professor made a mistake on a quiz but refuses to fix it?

After going through a quiz, I was surprised to see that we hadn't gone over half the material in class or in our reading. It was brought to the attention of the professor and she said she would take a ...
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Students with informal dress code and drinks during lectures - How to deal with it?

I have been involved in teaching in an university. However, I find the following few behaviors of students (all Undergrads) inside my classroom slightly unpleasant: In my university, some of the male ...
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How do I handle a faculty colleague who reports what I said to the chair?

I am a new faculty and I have serious conflicts with my chair because she has taken two of my grant proposals (putting herself as the PI) and a conference research proposal and tools I developed for ...
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Is it ethical for Albert Einstein to get lecture notes of Geometry class from his personal friend rather than taking the class himself?

In http://www.cvastro.org/ECP1.pdf page 8, Fortunately his friend, Marcel Grossman attended class regularly and took notes which he carefully rewrote. Grossman allowed Einstein to use his ...
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How good are journal papers which ask you to pay x00$ to get published [duplicate]

I am looking to this journal -International Journal of Information and Education Technology and it seems they need 700$ to get my work included ,once it is approved.But is it a scammy journal .Has ...
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Can I teach in the nude? [closed]

In this comment it was suggested that teaching in your underwear is a bad thing. While in general, I think academics are accepting of a wide range of dress (there are people in my department who teach ...
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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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Ethics of trying to trick/sabotage students into failure [closed]

Once in a while, I will hear stories (usually of the "friend of a friend" type) about some bold instructor who took some specific action in order to entrap or trick their students into poor academic (...
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Do the top journals actually read papers? [closed]

Let's say there is a physicist who is merely 21 years old, has no relation with academia and is only beginning, but has came up with a contradiction/refutation in the theory of relativity. His 25-page ...
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What is done to teach international students in America about campus safety? [closed]

I have been reading about the chilling story of the abduction and (presumably) murder of the researcher, Yingying Zhang, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, over the past few days and ...
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When a Tenured Professor colludes with a friend to harass an undergraduate out of the dept [closed]

I made a rude comment to my advisor's spouse when I was 19. I have recently discovered that she and a tenured professor in a program that I declared a second major in were/are good friends, and the ...
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What do you think about romance between faculty members? [closed]

Romantic relationships sometimes develop in academic departments between faculty members. Has anyone had the experience of developing a romantic relationship with another faculty members? How did ...
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Is It Legal To Prevent A Student or Alumni From Communicating With Their University or Alma Mater? [closed]

The details are in my post history, but my university sent me a cease and desist letter stating that I can only communicate with their Assistant General Counsel. For example, say I wanted to email a ...
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Ethics of “saving a publication for later” through anonymous submission? [closed]

This is more of a thought experiment than a problem. I just want to know how ethical is it. Suppose a student discovered a very cool theorem/result that would yield a very good academic paper in a ...
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Can the ethics committee of a university do something about reuse of exam questions? [closed]

I thought that it will be huge achievement to get diploma from well ranked university. However, at the end of my studies, as a foreign student I realized that the questions in exams I passed were ...
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Question about APS Ethics Case Study [closed]

The American Physical Society Ethics Case Studies presents the following case study: You are a faculty mentor for a graduate student in your department. The student is taking some classes in ...
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Report Wrong-Doing in Class

In my class, one of my colleagues plays games on computers for about 1 hour each day in class. What should I do? Should I report it to the teacher or should I take matters into my own hands?
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why should you tell on a cheater on a test? [duplicate]

how would you tell on a cheater?
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Suggesting a prof low-balls my grade

Background: I have an incomplete from an old course. I have submitted now all the old homeworks to the professor, with a couple weeks to grade them before the I lapses to an F. She wrote that she is ...
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Can suing one university hurt your admission chances at another? [closed]

I edited this question, deleting the details of my individual situation, with the hopes of having it reopened. In a general sense, will suing one university hurt your admission chances at another? ...
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Can I say that my advisor acted in a bad faith? [closed]

I submitted ten papers to my advisor based on her assignment within one year, approximately, every two or three weeks, I handed in one paper to the advisor. Unfortunately, owing to my negligence, the ...

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