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Is it acceptable to look up a student on the Internet to find out whether I have a conflict of interest?

This is a follow-up to this question, which I ask due to debates arising in the comments. While I ask it in the first person to keep things simple, it is not based on a real experience of mine. One ...
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How to inform a student about my appreciation of his/her original solutions

In the final exam of a course, a student has solved some problems in a really ingenious way. He gets perfect score anyway. What is the appropriate way to inform him about my appreciation of his ...
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How necessary it is to have PhD students?

If a person has a tenure/ tenure track position on a math department, how obligatory it is to have PhD students? While some people like to have students, there are people who do not like that. I am ...
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Can a student seek redress for the administration neglecting their paperwork?

(Breakdown of a larger issue - full story here) Following the (delayed) approval of my thesis paperwork by my professor, the review staff of my small (~20 grad students?) department took weeks to ...
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How to improve student seminar presentations and seminar papers

During the last semester my supervisor Prof. X held a seminar for bachelor and master students (mostly computer scientists). According to the study regulations the students have to give scientific ...
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Proper procedure when promised funding not given to Ph.D. graduate student

I have a friend who was accepted into an interdisciplinary program at the University of Arizona a few years ago. They are more than halfway to completing their Ph.D., however their advisor is ...
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Am I naive to think I can focus on professional programming and still be active in the field of CS as a whole?

I am working full time currently as a programmer in a summer internship. In the fall I will be continuing school and working part-time as a programmer. I believe that I want to be a professional ...
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How do I speak with my professor about my mental health?

I'm an undergraduate in my junior year, and I've been having an especially bad month when it comes to my mental health and academic performance. Two weeks ago, I discovered that I had two midterms, ...
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PhD Supervisor warnings

I'm a third-year PhD student. First year, due to my ill health and lack of command over the subject research progress was slow. My second year, I picked up well but still no clarity over the research ...
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How/when to retract a project from a student?

Take, for example, that a student is nearing the end of their thesis project. The supervisor has an idea for a new method that can help to verify the results of part of the project. He does not think ...
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How can I sell my text book to my students in e-book format?

I would like to be able to sell my text book to my students in e-book format. I know there is the kindle store that takes 65% of the sales price, which is in my eyes too much. Are there any e-book ...
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What to do if a student claims to have turned in the homework but I could not find it?

I am teaching a course in a college and assignment homework on a regular basis. Usually I collect all homework in the class and later my student secretary grades all the homework and return them to ...
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Is it common to ask students to help the teacher in the teacher's normal duties?

It seems quite common for other teachers at my university (in Asia) to have students help with what are the normal duties of a teacher. Examples range from asking a student to help carry one of many ...
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Suspecting an undiagnosed learning disability in a student

I have a student whose academic performance seems starkly disproportionate to his potential. He is full of interesting ideas and questions and enthusiasm, and frequently talks to me before and after ...
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How should one deal with fellow students constantly asking for notes?

I'm an undergraduate student in the Netherlands, and as the title states, I'm encountering an annoying situation. How should one deal with the situation of constantly being asked for the notes of a ...
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Activities for welcome event for incoming PhD students?

My department is planning an event (2-3 hours) welcoming incoming PhD students and giving them a chance to meet the rest of the department. So far, the proposed activities for this year's welcome ...
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Is gift authorship for PhD advisors rampant in academia? [duplicate]

I have had an issue with my PhD advisor where they were essentially attempting to coerce me into inappropriately adding them as a co-author on a paper that they had no part in. They agreed that they ...
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What is the proposed penalty for students that paid an essaywriting service to complete their papers for them? [duplicate]

I had noticed a sudden change in the quality of the essays submitted two of my students. When I confronted them, they were quite frank and admitted that due to lack of time, they had assigned their ...
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What can a student do to respond to faculty/administration decisions based on current political events? [closed]

We are from Kuwait. Our university often has many foreign professors visiting for extended periods. In my particular department, the head has now begun rejecting professors from the US, and starting ...
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Gamification in Asian Classrooms

I've been thinking about how to improve attendance in my classes as well as how to get my students do the expected work outside of class. I've tried a lot of sticks but the weak students care very ...
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Are Japanese professors responsible for their students' behavior outside the university?

The question How should I approach a Tokyo University professor to join their lab? has an answer by RoboKaren saying: For professors in Japan, taking on students is a tremendous responsibility and ...
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Is it unethical to hire students for private consulting work?

As a faculty member, I tend not to involve students in any of my own consulting projects, but I often run into small units of work that would be great opportunities for students, especially ...
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My first day as a teacher, how should I proceed?

Quick background; I study Computer Science and have been asked to take the role as a paid student teacher for college students. I am extremely nervous about it, although it's a fairly familiar role ...
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What is the reason that some departments do not allow PhD students to be instructors of record?

It is common that PhD students have teaching duties as TA. In this case, the person ultimately for the course (the instructor of record) is a faculty member. I should note that I am talking only about ...
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How can a decent student find a doctoral advisor from another faculty?

I am a last year student at the Moscow State University (I study maths). At our university there are two somewhat similar mathematical faculties: Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics (this is where I ...
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What is a “professional student”?

What is a professional student, in the context of a "Graduate and Professional Student Organization" in the United States (cf. this one)? How are they different than or similar to post-docs?
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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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Some students giggle at me while I teach!

I am an associate lecturer and its my second term with the undergraduate students. I noticed some of my students laugh when I teach. Its the most annoying thing I ever felt in my academic life so ...
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Should university administrators share official matters with students?

Should the department share the departmental problems (financial, officials, political, etc) with the students? or it is official matter and none of their business? For a more specific example. ...
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As adjunct faculty at four-year university, with no PhD, what should I have my students call me?

I will be teaching at a four year university as adjunct faculty. Is it okay to have my students to call me Professor LastName, even if I do not have this title formally? If not, what other options do ...
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Retroactively Awarding Extra Exam Time

Since the beginning of the Corona Virus pandemic and the adaptation to distance learning, I have had to adapt my classes to hold exams via video calls. In previous semesters when I've had students ...
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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 to get students to use the course forum?

Forums are common features of online courses. The software is usually provided by the institution. It is in everyone's interest to make a course forum useful, maybe even lively; generally we want more ...
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Add author to existing arXiv paper?

I had a student write an excellent Master's thesis which is not publishable as novel research but which I think would serve as a great introduction to the topic. Although the student is happy to have ...
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What level of computer skills should a university instructor expect students in a business class to have?

This question has been bothering me for some time as I had to fail a student as you'll see later on. I am hoping that another SE member has seen a student or may have even been a student like this. ...
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Should a student keep asking questions to a faculty even if the faculty is unsure of the answer?

I am taking an advance course in Computer Science so the class size is pretty limited (8 to be exact). The faculty is very senior and well respected in the field. For past few lectures, I have been ...
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How widespread is the use of “last author = teacher” on student papers?

In our lab (at Nankai University, in China), students often write papers where they are first author. However, we use a convention where the last author signifies the student's teacher. I feel that ...
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A potential collaborator and PhD student took a commanding tone with me (faculty) – how should I react?

Background about me I am an early-to-mid-career teaching-track faculty (four years of cross-curricular teaching experience in engineering) in the USA. I teach courses both at the undergraduate and ...
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How do I ask whether I am going to be an author on a proposed research project?

I am a PhD Student in Australia and I have been asked to help out a research team in my lab on a grant related research project. I have a fair bit of knowledge in the area they are looking in too. I ...
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Is it appropriate for a student to have their phone face down on the table when in class?

I was wondering if it is appropriate to have my phone out on my desk face down during class. I have done this for some time and have never been told to put it away. On the one hand, putting it out ...
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Bonus Quizzes to entice students to read their syllabus?

Please inform me if this needs to be moved to the meta questions forum, I wasn't sure whether this would qualify or not As I'm sure many lecturers/professors would attest, one of the frustrations of ...
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Teaching for the first time: is reaching out to each student acceptable?

I work as a programmer as a full time job. Since I'm an experienced programmer and have some teaching aptitude, I've been asked to give a 40-hour course in C# programming to a computer science group ...
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Difficulties with behaviour of other PhD students in group

I'm in my first year of a PhD at a top UK university. I am part of a cohort of students, most of whom have come straight from an undergraduate degree and never had any "real-world" experience. I am ...
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The meaning of “paper” in the context of undergraduate students

The word "paper" on this site seems to be extensively used to refer to serious scientific publications/articles by PhD students and other researchers. Now I am coming across its use by students ...
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How to email professor with group concerns about class?

I'm currently taking a 20-25 person graduate-level course in Computer Science. It's about 60/40 theory/implementation, which means the discussions in class tend to be a bit more abstract that the ...
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How to find balance between overconfidence and lacking confidence?

Main Question: I am a current undergraduate student who just attended my first conference and gave a podium talk on my research from last summer. I tried talking with a researcher who is well-known ...
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FERPA: Can I anonymously quote a student?

Every once in a while, my students write something outrageously funny in their homework, either on purpose or by accident, and I'd love to share these short quotes with a colleague/friend for mutual ...
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Advisor-student meeting patterns in very high-end theoretical research

This is related to my previous question: “What is the optimal number of times one should meet one's PhD. advisor?” I want to know of specific details of advisor-student meetings, frequencies, ...
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What are good argument against strict attendance policy, and university making it harder for students to maintain attendance?

My university have a very strict attendance policy, attendance affect the students marks a lot and if attendance is lower than 75% at the end of the semester, students are not allowed to sit in finals....
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Should I point out typos on students' important forms that I am signing?

A prior student of mine is applying for a prestigious certificate in her field. She is asked to list relevant accomplishments. I was asked by the student to sign a this verification form since I am in ...

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