Questions tagged [personal-misconduct]

Questions about inappropriate behavior that doesn't fall into sexual or academic misconduct.

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Professor seemingly threatens students with incomplete grade because TA has not turned in their grade?

I am writing this question on behalf of a friend, Alice. Alice is in a US based university working towards earning her Master's of Science in Nursing. This semester, Alice was enrolled in lecture ...
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I insulted a professor by using an anti-Semitic slur in a department seminar. How bad is this?

I am in a research group in a French university in physics (I am a 1st year PhD student) and in a seminar in my university I used a slur against an Israeli professor, Professor X. I am from an Arab ...
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Got caught faking hospital papers [closed]

I am fourth year mathematics students. I couldn't attend two of my final exams due to my depression, the situation made me feel worse so and I felt like it was over if I failed. I cannot afford to pay ...
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I made a major (criminal) mistake in college and the whole faculty knows about it, but I graduated. Might they admit me for grad school?

I’m looking to apply for my MCS at a well-known North-American university – the same university where I completed my BCS with honors. My grades are good, more than sufficient to get into an MCS ...
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Why does this site give different answers about leaving a bad situation compared to Workplace.SE? [closed]

If you take a look at the various questions on Academia Stack Exchange where abusive, rude, or unpleasant situations are presented, I feel there's often a culture of dismissal. Many comments and ...
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My PI publicly humiliated my colleague. I want to report the incident but don't have a recording. What should I do?

Background: I am a PhD student in my final year, and I'm writing my thesis now. My PI (not a professor) is in his late 40's and is generally kind in public. However, he is often moody, and I feel he ...
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Is it ok to record a conversation with a professor without their knowledge and can it be used as evidence? [closed]

If a student is being harassed or expecting to be harassed, can the student record the meeting with the professor without the professor’s knowledge? Additionally, could this recording be used to ...
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What to do if accused of cheating/misconduct at university? [closed]

This question is written to serve as a canonical question that is asked repeatedly on Academia.SE (see e.g., here, here, here, here, here, here and here.) The purpose of this question is to act as a ...
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Adjunct offered and accepted a Full-time 1-year contract, then told to "disregard" by HR staff

I am having some trouble getting a straight answer from my school. At the start of Fall I was offered a 1-year Full-time (FT) Temporary position by appointment letter approved by the school President. ...
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Verbal warning based on student complaints without evidence and investigation

I am working as a lecturer at a university. My students hate math and stats. Due to that, they hate my class. There is a group of students who are always shouting, yelling, and showing disrespectful ...
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Are there academic institution-specific equivalents to attorneys (a professional who assists in navigating conduct and justice systems)?

There's an interesting question over at Law.SE on the possibility of suing a university over what the OP saw as unfair disciplinary practices. I have often wondered... Is there a type of professional ...
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Sex with professor as graduate student [duplicate]

What are the do and do nots with regards to sexual relations between a professor and graduate student? As long as they aren't your advisor or on your committee is it considered OK? How does this work?
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What are the criteria for degree revocation?

I was awarded a degree from a reputable college or university. For what reasons could my degree be revoked after the fact? Should I be worried? Note to readers: This is a special community wiki '...
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Getting a letter of recommendation from a socially controversial PhD advisor

I am about to finish my PhD at a US university and am starting to apply for jobs and postdocs in physics and computer science. Throughout my PhD, I maintained a good relationship with my PhD ...
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Social media vs. academic career [closed]

After an incident where a complaint has been submitted against my private social media profile by students (with whom I had no interaction, nor were my posts directed towards) I felt attacked in a way ...
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Is it valid to modify a student's exam grade if you feel they did not earn it?

I am a graduate student who teaches their own class. I have a supervisor who I report to for everything, including final grades. We have a meeting every semester at the end to review our final grades ...
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Professor takes our money and goes incommunicado, do we complain to the department or the police? [closed]

Several years ago an academic publisher I worked for were setting up a new journal. We approached the prospective editor-in-chief, lined up some plans for the first issues, signed a contract, and paid ...
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Misconduct from my head and how to reply to disrespectful emails [closed]

I am a dr. in statistics. I got a job in one university and found that it is extremely bad. After only one semester I resigned. Then, for the second semester I got a job at another university. My ...
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Severe regrets because I lied in my PhD application [closed]

I am an international Physics PhD student who is currently finishing his second year successfully, with one publication and others in preparation. However, I have a problem that has not let me sleep ...
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Advice needed for leaving academia

TLDR: I am being targeted by an institution where I previously studied/worked and would like to leave academia entirely without giving anyone the knowledge of where I'm going next. Backstory: I ...
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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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Regarding academic misconduct [closed]

I'm currently a Ph.D. student and I have been reading a lot about retraction of scientific papers. I understand that scientific integrity is a big issue and that we should be as honest about the ...
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How to respond when insulted by a grad student in a different department?

I'm a lecturer at a small university. In a class I taught last year, one grad student disagreed with his grade and complained as high up in the university as possible. The result was the grade stayed ...
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Should I cheat if the majority does it?

I'm taking the last and hardest exams of my master degree. During the exams we aren't allowed to use anything else but our brain. Cheating is pretty easy though: one has the lecture notes and all the ...
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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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A senior colleague that belittles my contributions, expertise and won't acknowledge a published error that I identified

I am a PhD student and the most junior person on our small team (me, a lab manager, a statistical analyst, a wet-bench scientist, a senior statistician, and our PI). The statistical analyst has been ...
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Disiplinary offense whilst a grad student, will university employers ask for it

I am starting to think about graduating from a PhD and a few years back I got a disciplinary offence. Basically, without full details, I was giving some advice to students on Facebook, another ...
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Advisor accused of personal misconduct -- what should I do?

My advisor was recently accused of personal misconduct. He says he is innocent. I am posting here to ask what I should do. I am heavily reliant on his letter of recommendation. I will always be ...
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What can be done about the problem of bullying in post-PhD academia? [closed]

I recently wrote a piece of advice to a bullied postdoc that made me sad. Abbreviated, original here, "It is unlikely you can fight this culture, and academic settings have practically no ...
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My supervisor does not want to publish my research

I just graduated from grad school and to say that it has been hell is just a euphemism. My supervisor has been a bully all the time and every thing that I did and didn't please my supervisor was met ...
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PhD Advisor is Inexperienced Junior Faculty, Possible Bully, Who do I Tell?

I was accepted into a PhD program 3.5 years ago. They hired a new faculty member 2 years ago and I was reassigned to this 'new' person since she didn't have any students of her own. She is ...
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Can a professor ask for money directly from students to print out handouts for class?

I'm currently taking a class that doesn't have a required textbook, which is why I took it. My professor is now saying that due to her scanning and printing out handouts for use we are each required ...
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How can a student stop/report conversations with a professor that make her uncomfortable, while avoiding negative consequences for the student?

I am a female undergraduate taking classes from two professors, Prof. A and Prof. B, in the same department. I have some concerns about Prof. A. First, Professor A has been trying to involve me in his ...
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