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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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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Are relationships allowed between students and faculty?

What sorts of restrictions do universities place on romantic or sexual relationships between faculty and graduate students, and what are the underlying issues that motivate these restrictions? For ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why should (or should not) a university have a policy of not hiring its own PhDs?

My university (in France) is having a debate about the relevance of taking rules for preventing too many of its PhDs to be recruited here, or asking them to have some postdoc outside the region before....
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Am I allowed to show properly redacted exams to a colleague to determine if cheating occurred?

On an exam I recently administered, I discovered that several students had turned in essentially the same solutions for multiple questions. Before launching an academic dishonesty investigation, ...
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Research on practices in addressing faculty bullying/harassment in academia

Recently, the chair of the faculty senate at my institution began an effort to systematically address issues of faculty bullying/harassment. In particular (but not exclusively), we are worried about ...
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Are politicians attempting to destroy tenure?

Apparently, Iowa's politicians intend to enrich the tenure experience by annual gladiatorial games at state schools, regardless of tenure: those being evaluated below some threshold shall be ...
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Is it fair to punish absent students with a one-question exam?

I recently came across a post (that I won't disclose because it contains the professor's last name): Attendance in this course was regularly low, so the professor used a one-question exam to punish ...
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All out of PhD extensions - what now?

I've received several one-year extensions on my graduation deadline, granted by the PhD progress committee. I've used them all up and am running into the hard deadlines set by the university. I ...
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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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What are the reasons for journals to have a policy against publishing material available as a preprint?

As it can be appreciated from this list of journals with varying preprint policies, certain journals consider a preprint to be "prior publication". In other fields like Chemistry, there is a strong ...
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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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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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Variation in drop dates, and effect on student outcomes

(This question may be specific to US university systems. Also, sorry it is long.) US universities usually have some provision for students to drop a course. Within the first N weeks of the term, if ...
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Why do some universities require use of approved suppliers?

Some universities in the UK require that all purchases from budget available to researchers happen through one or more authorized suppliers. They tend to be strict in this regard, even though some ...
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How to deal with dramatic drop in grade due to strict attendance policy [closed]

I'm currently taking a required class where attendance is counted at 15% of the grade. The policy is that if a student misses more than 2 lectures, they lose all 15% of those points. The class ...
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Is it unethical of me and can I get in trouble if a professor passes me based on an oral exam without attending class?

I have been experiencing anxiety based on some recent events. During my last semester of college I enrolled in a language course in a language in which I was already fluent. I did this to enable ...
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Grounds for complaint? Professor skipping class, inaccurate grading criteria

I am taking a graduate-level summer course and have observed several problems. I would like outside opinion on whether these observations are valid grounds for an official complaint, or whether I am ...
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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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Destructive bureaucracy and how to oppose it

In my country researchers are overburdened with paperwork and are struggling with increasingly overwhelming bureaucracy while being underpaid. This all leaves them not much time for actual research ...
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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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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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Designing a credit-by-examination exam

I have been tasked with writing an exam for a student who wishes to receive credit-by-examination for an upper-level course in my department.1 While the department head suggested just using the final ...
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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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Journals that require IRB approval as a matter of policy [closed]

In a number of questions raised here, it has been implied / asserted that research involving human subjects which has not received IRB approval cannot be published. In my own area of research (which ...
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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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How does your institution credit a department's support of, and participation in, interdisciplinary programs?

In these lean economic times, traditional majors are in danger of being cut if they cannot keep up their numbers (at least in many small liberal arts colleges). Simultaneously, interdisciplinary ...
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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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Are there tools to implement an institutional open access policy?

Many universities have adopted open access policies, giving their employees an incentive to make their scholarly articles freely available online. To enforce this policy, universities should ideally ...
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Is differentiated instruction permitted by universities?

In primary and secondary school in the US, some teachers will adjust homework so that it is a better match for students. For example, a teacher might give a strong math student more advanced math ...
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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 UK universities have a special obligation to advertise jobs externally?

I often hear it said that all jobs have to be advertised externally before anyone can be appointed to an academic post in a UK university. However, this rule about having to advertise externally is ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How many excuses are too many?

I know we've all had situations with students who seem to have a solid number of excuses not to be in class or get work done. However, for the most part, it will be only once or twice a semester that ...
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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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How do departments evaluate and update their course requirements?

To begin with the main question: how do academic departments evaluate their course requirements? By that I mean, how do departments decide if they are requiring too many classes, not enough classes, ...
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Issues when splitting one long paper into two papers

I've got a long policy/economics paper that will need to be split into two papers before any journal will be able to publish it. I can make them into freestanding pieces. But there will be ...