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

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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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What type of lawyer (criminal, civil, family, etc.) would I need to help me deal with issues of academic misconduct? [closed]

What can stop a university from doing whatever they want and screwing students over in terms of accusing them unfairly of cheating, plagiarism, or a misunderstanding of professor authorization of ...
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What are examples of penalties for "self-plagiarism"? [closed]

I graduated from university in June of 2015. I submitted an essay to a philosophy professor in my second year that was substantially the same as an essay I submitted to a TA the year before for one of ...
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Do universities keep records/a database of student assignments from the past? Or is only Masters/PhD work kept to publish in journals?

Do universities keep work done by students for later research and/or plagiarism detection by future students (eg. self-plagiarism)?
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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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Can someone ever be accused of self-plagiarism after the course is over?

I submitted a philosophy essay to a professor for his 2nd year class that was almost the same as an essay I submitted to a TA for the same professor's 1st year class. I thought that I had ...
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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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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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Book with comprehensive description of (history and operation of) Harvard university

I really am not sure if my question falls under this Stack Exchange forum, but I am going to try. A friend of mine asked me if there is a book with some sort of comprehensive description of Harvard ...
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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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Is it ethical for professors to require that students maintain a balanced and disinterested tone in their papers and presentations?

I have noticed personally a tendency toward hyperbole and dare I say anti-intellectualism within American society, along with of course a marked polarization along ideological fault lines. Is it ...
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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 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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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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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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Student taking a make-up exam sees exam she would've taken: Unethical?

Suppose we have a Psychology class of 20 people. They have an exam scheduled on, say, Tuesday April 12 2016. One of them, Shion, is sick and so takes a make up exam on Tuesday April 19 2016. Edit: ...
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Sharing assignments with a potential employer

I'm currently a first year information technology student majoring in software development. I applied for an internship at a software development company. I got an interview and now they're asking to ...
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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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One student grading other students' assignments in the same course?

In the US, can a student who is already enrolled in a course grade homework assignments of all other students in the same course (but not actually accessing and changing academic records)? Is it legal ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Concern about possible conflicts between research sharing policies

Funders, publishers, institutions and others are increasingly moving towards policies that are aimed at sharing research. The degree of openness — and other stipulations in those policies &...
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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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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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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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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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What is a good scheme to determine percentage contributions to a paper

Sometimes researchers are asked to define percentage contributions to a paper with more than one author. E.g., usually the supervisor in charge of the project will determine in which percentage each ...
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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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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 there an informal understanding at universities about PhD student funding?

This question was prompted by answers and comments on this question about PhD student funding. I am under the impression that STEM Ph.D. graduate students, when accepted into an RU/VH university in ...
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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 ...
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Are there any recommendations from professional or academic associations on maximum class size for STEM courses?

I read here that some professional/academic organizations (Association of Departments of English, National Council of Teachers of English) have released specific recommendations regarding maximum ...
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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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What grading policy applies to undergraduates taking graduate courses?

I have heard that the range of grades in graduate school shrinks and grades mostly range from A to B-. What if an undergraduate student takes a graduate course, what is the grading policy for him/her? ...
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Is it academic misconduct to post assignment solutions on public websites?

I belong to Computer Science background, and most of my assignments are programming based. I usually use Github(private repos) to maintain assignments during the semester. Since I only have limited ...
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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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In which countries must college professors be cleared to work with minors?

I knew some college students in the U.S. who were <18 years old. In which countries must college professors be cleared (background-checked, certified, fingerprinted, etc., like U.S. K-12 teachers) ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...