Questions tagged [policy]

On the formulation and application of formal rules and regulations by a university, instructor, or publisher.

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College policy change after grant awarded

What recourse is there to a faculty member if the university changes its policy after a grant has been awarded? I am a tenured professor and recently won a prestigious research grant. For years, my ...
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IEEE submission vs ArXiv Version with missing IEEE-statement

I've just got and corrected my revised paper. I submitted the revision to IEEE and I uploaded a newer version to ArXiv. BUT I made a mistake and the IEEE-disclaimer statement was regretfully missing ...
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Last Course needed to graduate suddenly not being offered [closed]

I’m a master's student with soon to be 32 credit hours of the 36 needed to graduate. My university is suddenly not offering one of the last two courses I need to graduate. It was supposed to offered ...
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Is it common and a good idea to give PhD candidates access to examiners’ assessments prior to their defense?

At my university (in Germany), a discussion is going on for some months. The issue is that some (professors and PhD students) want to establish a policy that, prior to the oral defense of their PhD ...
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Examples of successful push-backs against DEI (diversity, etc.) initiatives in academia?

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives became an almost overnight transformational success in academia beginning one or two years ago (in the US and several other countries such as Canada ...
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Data used for analysis is not free. What should I do as a reviewer?

I'm doing a review of a paper (very well written, I think) for a journal with a fairly good reputation. This is my first review, and I have a question regarding data availability which is, according ...
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Why not offer credit by exam to students who have failed a course?

Summary: Students who have never taken a particular course often can get "credit by exam". However, it's extremely common for credit by exam to be disallowed to students who have previously ...
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What is a "Safe Space"?

My organisation has recently started advertising certain meetings as being "Safe Spaces" without describing what is meant by such a thing. Merriam-Webster describes it as: a place (as on a ...
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Is there the risk of repercussions after making a formal complaint?

If I make a formal complaint against my PhD supervisor, where I have evidence of them failing to comply with university policy in Australia, is it reasonable to be afraid that they could essentially ...
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A question for UK academics and students: How will UK universities respond to a professor showing controversial religious images to class?

Over a month ago, a group of Muslim parents protested for several days at Batley grammar school, in West Yorkshire, England, after a teacher at that school showed in a Religion Education class the ...
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Are non-mandatory sensitivity trainings mandatory? [closed]

This is probably a very USA-specific question: My university is implementing a new sensitivity training framework. This is so new that no information about it can be found in faculty handbook, ...
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Is a policy of asking questions covering material not covered by lectures common in universities? [closed]

I have come to know a prominent EU university in which it is an official policy that examination questions will be external to the lectures. For example, say, they are teaching Probability & ...
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Are university professors allowed to use any computer they want for work? [closed]

Do universities restrict the brand or manufacturer of computers their professors are allowed to use for work? May a PhD advisor ban certain computer brands? Are there any restrictions on using your ...
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Is it ethical for students to be required to consent to their final course projects being publicly shared?

In a course, students were required to sign a consent form to share their final course project. There were two options that they could choose from: either anonymous sharing or sharing with attribution/...
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Is it normal for universities to limit the number of PhD students a professor can supervise?

It came to my attention that one university limits the number of PhD students each professor can supervise simultaneously. The policy makes a vague reference to "legislative and regulatory ...
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Academic policy does not let me earn credits from certain past courses. How can I challenge it? [closed]

I have read the policy below: No undergraduate courses taken to satisfy prerequisite requirements for admission to a graduate program may be included in the minimum number of units required for that ...
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Am I allowed to give a gift to a fellow student for helping me in a very direct way?

Due to the COVID situation our lab course only allows one of two students in a partnership to run an experiment during a session while the other observes via Zoom. I can't make it to the next session ...
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Are there universities with policies that default intellectual property decisions to faculty?

For context, at a US-based institute there is a typical business-like policy stating intellectual property developed by faculty is owned by the institute. Likewise, faculty are required to submit ...
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Do instructors have the right to know how many students test positive for COVID-19?

My university tests every student. So they have the data. I can understand that for privacy, the names of the students who tested positive are not released to the public or the instructors. But do ...
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How can I address a student systematically boosting their grades by filing frivolous complaints?

I was recently accused of unfair grading by a student. The accusation is meritless, and it didn't take long to prove that I didn't do anything wrong. No damage, but a lot of time wasted. Later, I ...
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Can UK university require you email from @ac.uk, not OutLOOK? [closed]

I have children who attend UK universities. Because GDPR, the university forbids email forwarding or accessing @ac.uk on Outlook. However, the university's @ac.uk system is more user unfriendly than ...
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Do I have recourse if one professor's section has a higher average grade and "easier time" than my course's section?

From my observations comparing syllabi, grades, and coursework with a few of my peers, their professor's section of the same class has a significantly lighter work-load, more lenient grading policy, ...
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Can a professor tell you that you can’t use your phone before or after their class?

So, I have this one professor who refuses to let anyone use their phone. I understand this during class hours but now he’s saying he will give a demerit to anyone using their phone even if it’s before ...
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Department policy possibly affecting inclusion and diversity

I am a last year PhD math student in an university in USA-Canada. The university I work in offers graduate students the option to teach first year calculus courses as a special kind of TA. The ...
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Is there common policy in universities about departments or faculty/staff intervening in the case of misconduct related to Title IX?

My understanding of Title IX is that it is a federal law that requires, among other organizations, universities, to ensure that women are not denied equal opportunities. In order to ensure compliance ...
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Where to find documents/information about research group policies

Due to different problems I have had in my research group (I am the PI) and in order to solve them I have decided to write down in a public document, what is our research group policy. I considered ...
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Can a degree be revoked for minor misconduct? [duplicate]

I was wondering how possible it would be that, after graduating, the university would investigate a minor misconduct during college. By minor I mean, if found guilty the worst punishment would be / ...
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Where do all the essays go in college? [closed]

At my college I worked in the back room shredding graded essays from various subjects for hours. Some of them were very good and seems like a gross waste of data and labor. I wonder is this the ...
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Extension of international internship in France

I am an undergraduate student from India and I was offered a year long research internship in France for my undergraduate thesis. However, since the French government does not allow for internships ...
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How can a phd student lobby against university wide publication restrictions?

Recently, my university has expressed that it wishes to enforce compliance with Plan S, an European-wide initiative to 'transition' towards open access publications, for all researchers employed by ...
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Dependence of EU universities on external funding

Are EU universities as of 2019 more dependent on external funding than 20 or 40 years ago? Is there any EU policy on increasing external private funds and reducing public funding?
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My university blocks leaking/whistleblowing emails related to an internal investigation

A number of top academics in my public university have been suspended by its registrar pending an internal investigation. This was related to alleged involvement of those academics in a large scale ...
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Is staring into the cover sheet of the exam paper and looking at the second page considered cheating?

Whenever I receive an exam paper, I usually stare at the cover page. I use the word "stare" instead of just "see" because the cover page is translucent and I could faintly see the page behind if my ...
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Is listing annexed territory listed in author details a valid reason to decline to review?

I recently accepted a paper review based on an abstract. On seeing the paper, at least one of the authors has listed their address as being within an unrecognized annexed territory, like this: ...
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Is it legal to publicly share questionnaires from research articles?

I've found articles on the development of diagnostic questionnaires that I only have access to through my university. I'm interested in sharing some of them publicly online so more people can have ...
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Assignment extensions for no apparent reasons (USA)

I recently started teaching activities in an American institution. I have had a couple of students asking for extensions for problem sets / project deadlines for medical or family reasons, which is ...
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My university requires that I take attendance. How should I treat students who arrive late to class?

I might soon teach at a university which requires that I record attendance of students, as follows: Attendance is a requirement for the course. A person with at least 75% of attendance is eligible to ...
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NIH grants - moving to another institution as PI [closed]

If you submit an NIH grant (e.g. RO1) as PI and then move to another institution prior to study section review, or after an award is made, what are your options under both scenarios? Also, what is ...
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What should I do when my students use their phones in class?

On the first day of class, I told my students that they are not allowed to use their phones in class. However, a lot of them use their cell phones and don't pay attention in class. How should I deal ...
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What is the appropriate response to students who peek at the exam questions before the exam starts?

I have been an invigilator for several exams for large classes. I am not formally affiliated with the classes. One thing I routinely notice is that, despite warnings, there will always be some ...
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A female professor was found responsible for sexual harassment – what can happen to the signatories of a letter in support of her?

The New York Times article reported a female professor at New York University was found to be responsible for sexual harassment of a male student. There's a letter of support for this professor, sent ...
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Grant "pre-approval" issue

Background: I work in a public university as a staff member, and also a part-time lecturer, allowed to teach only 1 class (per Union). Last year, I applied and received multiple grants/awards for my ...
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Unequal pay between grad students, enforcing a more egalitarian policy

In my department, students can be paid quite differently, and accumulate multiple fellowships and assistantships. Departmental fellowships are provided upon acceptance to some top applicants. Students ...
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Retaking a Course in Phd that I Took During the Master [closed]

I took a course in my Master degree and I got (B). After I got my degree I applied to the Phd program in the same campus. When I started my Phd program I retook the course and got (A). I submitted my ...
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How can I politely request that an authority figure respected protocol?

I am in a postgraduate program, part of which is to do an internship at an organization or school recommended by the program, mostly by observing a class or by shadowing a professor at his job. ...
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Online Quiz Times Given Last Minute

I am an Engineering undergraduate student at a Canadian University and have had trouble in a course with regards to time to complete online quizzes. The course syllabus says there are 4 quizzes worth ...
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Missing final exam due to exhaustion?

A student is asking for an alternative exam because he was "completely exhausted" due to overwork the last month or so of the semester, including the exam day. He provided a doctor's notice ...
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How can I organise my own proctor in South America for a foreign university exam? [closed]

I am taking an online accredited course at Illinois and I need to have someone in South America proctor a test (preferably Bolivia, Argentina, or Chile). Anyone have any suggestions for how to ...
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Attending university-sponsored club events as a faculty member?

I'm a new (and hence young) faculty member, in a city where I don't really know anyone. I also really enjoy swing dancing. The university has a swing dance club. I don't think there really is an ...
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How to thank or apologize to an associate editor of a journal?

Suppose that when submitting a paper to a journal I made a mistake that resulted in some rule violation. No one detected this rule violation until the decision was announced. Once the decision was ...
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