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On legal issues affecting academicians. Note that Academia.SE, like any SE site, cannot offer specific legal advice; consult a lawyer for such questions. Use [law], not [legal-issues], for questions on law as an academic discipline or field of study.

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If a grad student is working as a TA, can they also be asked to work as their adviser's lab manager for free?

I have been my adviser's chemistry lab manager for the past 2 years, mostly working as a TA to pay the bills while I try to get research done. My adviser has no funding so I've been running the lab ...
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Can you be working remotely on your PhD thesis of another country and then enroll and get a master/PhD in US at the same time?

A friend of mine has finished his courses needed for his PhD. He's just working on his thesis now. He can do that remotely. He's coming to the U.S. for his wife to study. During this time, can he ...
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Using downloaded NES/SNES ROM files for research work

For my research work I need to use (playing) popular retro NES/SNES games like Super Mario, Tetris, Contra etc. My doubt - Is legal to use downloaded ROM files for research work? The only official ...
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A team member of a coursework software development project didn't contribute in any way. Can I remove his name from the project?

I am the project manager of a small team of five undergraduate developers who have been working for months on a large system for our Senior Capstone project. Four members of the team, including myself,...
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Is it acceptable to publish student names with the label 'stupid question', on a publicly-visible website?

While I was browsing faculty websites, I came across this page (new link: http://www.pdmi.ras.ru/~iaroslav/teaching.php?screen_check=done&Width=360&Height=640). Near the bottom there is a ...
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Co-authors decided to remove most of my contributions from a Nature paper without my consent

I am a postdoc and have dedicated the past five years to working on a big project spanning several groups and countries. My and my supervisor’s contribution was to interpret their results in light of ...
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In the EU, how much protection do I have if I report an assault on myself by my department head?

I had a very ugly incident at my corrupt institute (I live in E. EU). In short, I was assaulted by one of the department's heads during my own group meeting on my own grant for daring to "back talk" ...
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What should I do when my work has been published by my supervisor without my knowledge?

I had worked on a project for my bachelor thesis in 2012 and in 2013, I moved to Germany for further study. Now when I am facing several interviews for Ph.D. and the supervisors ask if I have ...
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What does “thanks x-institute for hospitality” mean in an acknowledgement?

What does The author wishes to thank institute X for hospitality. mean in an acknowledgement? Does it imply that they paid me a hotel or a per diem, or is it enough if they provided me an ...
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I believe a publisher is infringing copyright when reproducing a figure I created. What can I do?

A few months ago an Elsevier representative contacted me asking for permission to reproduce one of my thesis figures in one of their books. Since this figure is only in my thesis (introduction section)...
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Sharing a master thesis with a third party before the final exam

I start by describing the situation: a friend of mine is a master student in Italy, and is going to graduate soon. She wrote her master thesis and submitted it, and should have her final exam (the one ...
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Post doctoral while working on self employed job

I am in need to know if there is a provision wherein I could do a post-doctorate in the USA for a year or two, while I am owning my own Biotechnology firm back in my home country?
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Web Crawl Dataset - Legal & Practical feedback [closed]

I'm working on a web site classification method. Papers in field (Text Classification / Web Page Classification) are usually using: a) Ancient, but well known & widely adopted, datasets like ...
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Is it appropriate for a PI to appoint someone who is a family member?

I am a junior faculty in one of the top-tier research US institutions. I just joined the department and hired two GRAs meanwhile. In addition, I would like to appoint one more individual in my ...
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Releasing crawled data: Potential legal challenge? [closed]

In many occasions in computer science I saw papers that analyze social network data also released these data, such as http://socialnetworks.mpi-sws.org/data-imc2007.html http://socialcomputing.asu....
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Restroom and lunch breaks in medical school

My apologies if this is not the right place to be asking this question. My pregnant wife is an osteopathic medical student in New Mexico, and she tells me that the school does not always give them a ...
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On the possibility and legality of bulk downloading IEEE papers

Is it possible to download all available literature from IEEE explore? Is it allowed? I was thinking that now, while I still have access due to being in academia, I might download everything I could ...
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Should I consider legal action if my attempts to persuade my university to allow me to complete my PhD prove unsuccessful?

My situation I could go into the details of the situation in some detail here, but I fear it would read like a shaggy-dog story. For the moment I'll limit myself to these (what I hope are) salient ...
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How to get lab resources back from a post-doc who resigned while on vacation and not coming back?

I am posting this on behalf of my advisor. A post-doc in my research group at US told that he'd be going home to meet his family who are in a different country, but after two months he emails that he ...
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Would an honest researcher actually have to pay back their salary?

Recently, I read the answer by Hexal to the following question here: Not including student who contributed very little as coauthor of paper and I was scared. Much more than scared, I could not sleep ...
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Legality of downloading books from websites such as Library Genesis

I am an international student who will be joining a graduate program at a US university starting Fall '18. In my home country, I have used such websites as Library Genesis and BookFi to download ...
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Do proofs count as post-prints for sharing purposes?

Some journals allow post-prints to be shared, but not the publisher's version. In these cases, can I share those proofs that are generated before the paper is published? They are not the final version ...
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University-wide use of cracked OS and software – how to fix this?

My university is using cracked OS and software throughout. The school is very huge at 70 hectares and there are buildings everywhere. All of the computers in the computer labs and offices are full of ...
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Applying for a new doctoral program after expulsion

I am not prepared to give many details in a public forum - as such this posting will contain intentional generalizations that may be of interest to academia.se's research higher studies community help,...
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Looking for an example or draft of an IP-related agreement for industry employment

Researchers which start doing industrial work while continuing independent research are in a delicate position with respect to the part of their contract/employment agreement governing "intellectual ...
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If I appeal an admission decision by a German university at the court, would the department take it personally?

I've applied to a graduate program at a university in Germany and there is relatively clear evidence indicating that they've missed one or even two of my documents in application review based on the ...
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Took an Incomplete Letter Grade, and Now Professor Asks Me to Write a Longer Paper

I'm a sophomore in college, and during finals week of the Spring term I got sick and couldn't get out of bed. After requesting an Incomplete Work contract to my English professor, she agreed to let me ...
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How to treat dual affiliation in a journal article

I am supposed to receive research funds from a Chinese university while I am working for a US university. The issue is that the Chinese university, as a part of contractual requirements, requests fund ...
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Dataset of commercial binaries: release possible?

For my final thesis in university, I have created a dataset of third-party applications for macOS. For each version of each app, the dataset contains the original executable, the original Info.plist ...
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How to translate German “Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz”?

I'm drafting a job offering for a paid PhD position at a German university. It's a temporary position, so it's offered under the terms of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, a German law that limits ...
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Must publicly funded research in the EU be published as open access by law?

I remember reading a while ago that there was a proposal going around in the European Parliament. If I remember correctly, it said that all publicly funded research should be publicly accessible. Did ...
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How to expedite? Compensation? University still hasn't provided alternative formats after 9 months

Facts My visually impaired brother attends university ("UNI") in England. In Jul 2017, he requested Alternative Formats. As of Apr 11 2018, UNI's Library still hasn't contacted the publishers, but ...
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What are the drawbacks of using an English university’s complaints procedure, rather than starting in court? [closed]

King’s College London (“KCL”) denied my request for everlasting Alternative Venues, and Stage 1 (Local information resolution) failed. They informed me that the next step is Stage 2 (Formal ...
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My university changed my bachelor course. What can I do?

I'll have to excuse myself if my question sounds rant-like. I am desperate. Back in 2013, I started my 4 year (240 ECTS) bachelor course. The course I went to was ranked the best in the country (of ...
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How can I seek permanent Personalised Assessment Arrangements, rather than reapplying each year?

I'm severely disabled. Under Outcomes and length of arrangements: If your condition is long-term and unchanging, the Personalised Assessment [henceforth PA] Arrangements Committee (PAAC) will ...
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Received a mail from a collections agency

This is slightly long so please bear with me. This is for a friend and I'll be writing from his perspective. I am an international graduate student at the University A. In 2016 when I was receiving ...
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If I use non-government funds to pay for flight on non-U.S. carrier, can I then use government funds for other costs of that trip?

The Fly America Act states that all U.S.-government funded travel must be done via U.S. air carrier service (there are some exceptions, but none of them apply to my scenario). I recently received a ...
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What does a promise of possible funding “based on availability of departmental funding” actually mean?

I'm finishing up my third year of a PhD program this Spring. Until recently, I had assumed that I would have four years of funding as many of the PhD students do. However, after asking the department ...
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Persistent issues with salary pay as a postdoc in China: What can I do?

I am a third-time postdoc, and had never before had problems with getting paid. For almost two years now I have been a postdoctoral fellow at a university in southern China. This is my first ...
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Can Journals settle all legal processes related to accepted papers before publication on behalf of authors?

For an accepted paper about to be produced (not open access), the author should agree to terms that all illustrations, tables etc. have recieved permissions from the copyright owner. If the author ...
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Professor creates assignment making students advocate for a bill being presented to Congress. Is this legal?

I attend a public university in Kentucky (USA). My professor has assigned an advocacy assignment that requires students to write three letters of support for a certain House bill that will soon be ...
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Legal Ramifications For Student Paid Paper [closed]

What legal ramifications can I turn to after determining someone has paid another student to write their paper?
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Advisor miscalculated the personnel budget for research grant

I am a PhD student directly employed by a German university, this means my salary is paid directly by the federal government. In Germany, the salary of PhD students is (often and in my case, ...
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Is it legally okay to photocopy solutions from a solutions manual when giving answers to students?

I am the TA for a class and we plan on assigning problems from a book. The professor also has the solutions manual for this book. Would any legal problems arise if, instead of writing the solutions ...
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Filing discrimination claim against my department

I am a graduate student and I believe I was discriminated against by my department. I am pretty hurt by it, but I do not want to give further details to protect my identity. I spoke to a lawyer and he ...
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Is it illegal or unethical for a publishing company to pay in exchange for including a co-author?

Some weeks ago a company contacted me via email. In summary, they offer to pay you if you include a co-author. They also need you to sign an agreement with your University and them. So, from one side, ...
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Does labor law apply to graduate students?

As a former student employee, I was fairly ignorant of labor laws in general. But now as I am applying to graduate programs, given the increased demands and duties of graduate students: teaching, ...
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Does the duration of doctoral and postdoctoral phase *always* matter for a W1 position in Germany?

Junior professorships in Germany are claimed to have, essentially, restrictions in terms of the speed of progress: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juniorprofessur says In principle the employment ...
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Is “Assistant Professor Position (Tenure Track) for a female Researcher” illegal in Austria?

Not so long ago an Austrian institution posted a job ad titled "Assistant Professor Position (Tenure Track) for a female Researcher". The description says further As part of a special measure ...
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Can publisher alter or invent writing and attribute that to the author without consultation?

Is it legal to publish a document under an authors name without the author seeing the manuscript? What if the author's manuscript is radically altered to the extent of say the opposite of the ...