Questions tagged [policy]

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

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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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Why does Switzerland prevent foreign students from studying medicine?

I have been browsing for information on language requirements for universities in Switzerland, and on a page studyineurope.eu I accidentally read a quite interesting note about studying medicine in ...
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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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Is there deliberate gender preferential treatment in hiring or admission in STEM fields?

By "gender preferential treatment" I mean: Person A is selected ahead of Person B partly because of gender. In other words, Person B would have been selected ahead of Person A had gender not been ...
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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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Why do some universities not allow dissertations to be publicly available?

After reading a comment (now deleted) saying My university's policies does not allow me to share my thesis PDF file completely. I was wondering why some universities do not allow dissertations to ...
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Does any university require reporting of misconduct at other universities?

Some universities have ethics codes that require (whatever that might mean) members to report misconduct within the community. Are there universities where such a requirement extends to reporting ...
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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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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 day ago that Prof Avital Ronell at New York University was found to be responsible for sexual harassment. There's a letter of support for this professor (see ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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Do journals in general have any kind of policy regarding papers submitted by someone without a research affiliation?

Assuming that there are no ethical or legal concerns involved, in general, how would academic journals handle research submitted from the general public (e.g., if a carpenter were to perform a study ...
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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 US faculty verify medical absences?

I recently received a memo stating that I am not allowed to ask for doctor's notes when students are absent from class, as this is allegedly a violation of privacy rights. If this is the case, then ...
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How often is transfer of Copyright to University required to submit PhD Thesis?

My university apparently requires Ph.D. students to transfer copyright of their thesis completely to the university. The copyright agreement, as written, seems to prevent them from publishing the work ...
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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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Permission for using publicly available questionnaires in Dissertations

I have used and/or adapted several questionnaires for my dissertation study. I have already asked the authors for permission to use their scales. However, I have not received a reply from an author ...
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How can I organise my own proctor in South America for a foreign university exam?

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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Are there universities that consider it academic misconduct for students to publish material created by faculty?

Please read the bold text before answering. A colleague has shown me that one of his students has posted exam questions with answers , and prior assignments with answers to a commercial web site ...
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Do universities have a comprehensive reference document for all their policies and regulations?

As an organization, a university has various types of regulations (academics, disciplinary, etc), which are separately documented. Do (at least) large universities prepare a comprehensive book ...
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How should a university deal with outsourced essay writing?

My campus is full of flyers, typically attached to lightposts and so, advertising to write essays for money. There's plenty of such services offered on the internet as well. Presumably, many ...
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How might being disciplined for participating in a non-violent protest on a public college affect my academic career?

I go to a government-owned school that has certain policies regarding a student's speech, namely: That speech shall not be discriminatory/offensive. That on-campus protests take place only at a "Hyde ...
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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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Can a university prevent me from choosing any elective module (subject)? [closed]

I am a student in an Irish university and I will be going into my fourth year in September. My problem is that I would like to apply for a MSc programme, for which one of the requirements is previous ...
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How to deal with cheating when university policy is ineffective?

I am co-teaching a relatively large class with two other colleagues in a big university. Each semester, most students are amazing, trustworthy, and well-behaved and it is a pleasure to work with my ...
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Can a college or university withhold your degree for non payment and change your degree?

Just to explain my question a little bit. I know that if you owe the school money they are allowed to withhold your diploma and transcripts. My real question is if this is the situation and the ...
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In what situations would “self-plagiarism” be authorized by a professor?

A lot of universities say "Cannot submit this work in whole or in part to another class without prior written consent by the instructor." What is an example of a situation where a student would get ...
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Remunerated consulting while being a PhD student [closed]

The consulting activity, on the engineering field, would be tightly related to the research, and in fact would help to get the real-world data and reality touch to make it prosper. Is it possible, in ...
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Why do some universities refuse to issue duplicate diplomas?

Many universities have a policy of not issuing a duplicate diploma for a degree, unless your original copy is incorrect, damaged, or lost. One example: University Policy forbids the issuance of ...
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What is the best policy to deal with students using their cellphones inside the class?

Is it OK to prevent students from using their cellphones during the lecture by stating that in the syllabus? and how to deal with students who insist on using their cellphones during the lecture? (...
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Professor keeps students tests. No taking notes home when reviewing them.

A friend of mine has a professor that does not allow the students to take home their graded test. The process the teacher has is like this: Students come to class and the professor has everyone put ...
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Is “focussed revision” ethical and are my grades likely to be affected if it is deemed to be against university policy?

I am a second year student in Mathematics in the UK and my Calculus lecturer practices something which he calls "Focussed Revision". What I've heard from students in years above me is that "focussed ...
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How do we solve the problem about bad behavior (unfair evaluation) in lab?

My undergraduate student told me that he had some problems when he attended the lab session in our department. This lab session is mandatory and one of the components of the course evaluation. The ...