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Failing students when it might cause them economic ruin

You are responsible for teaching the students to the best of your ability, and to judge their capacities to use what they have learned. That judgment is made based on their grades. So you have ...
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I'm scheduled to graduate next week but my professor has gone MIA due to a death in the family... what can I do?

My question is, is there anything else I can do to push this professor to respond to me and to set up a time to conclude my research project? I recommend that you don't send your professor any more ...
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Is it an insult to my US university to not walk in graduation?

If attending a graduation ceremony is not your cup of tea, you don't need to go. Better to stay away than to go and be uncomfortable! It would be considerate to let your department know that you won'...
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Failing students when it might cause them economic ruin

Take the example of a medical student. Do you want to pass someone who does not have the necessary knowledge to treat patients correctly? It is your duty to make sure that only the ones who know what ...
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Is it an insult to my US university to not walk in graduation?

From the point of view of a faculty at a mid-size university: I honestly do not care if students walk or not. Any kind of personal congratulation or communication I want to have with outgoing students ...
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Can I claim to have completed my degree on my résumé, prior to convocating and receiving the physical diploma?

You can use the formulation Degree to be conferred MM/YYYY to indicate that you have passed all degree requirements, but are waiting for the degree to be officially awarded. This occurs fairly ...
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Do I have any obligations to my PhD supervisor's requests after I have graduated?

I think it's reasonable for X to ask, but you have no obligation to say "yes". In particular, 2-3 months of weekends is a lot of time to work for free. I think that if you choose, it would be ...
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I left college in the last semester (did not finish), but the college "transferred military experience to credits" and gave me a diploma. Normal?

I still have a hard time believing that I could graduate without knowing it. Me too. I would request a transcript and perhaps investigate to see whether "transferring military experience to credits" ...
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Failing students when it might cause them economic ruin

Ultimately you aren't responsible for the behavior of your students nor for their bad decisions. You aren't responsible, either, for how they react to a failure. For some students, as I have seen, a ...
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What gown do I wear to student graduation when I have two doctoral degrees?

As no one who matters will actually know which degrees you hold and what gown goes with which, the choice of gown will be yours! If you own both, choose the one that is the most distinctive, colourful,...
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I'm scheduled to graduate next week but my professor has gone MIA due to a death in the family... what can I do?

To answer a specific question: What happens if he doesn't issue me a grade? In a US-like university system (which based on your terminology I'm assuming), what would normally happen is that you'd ...
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Can a UK University prevent you from graduating due to an outstanding library fine?

This is called an administrative encumbrance, it is indeed very standard. The general notion is that if you owe the university money, then the administration will deny you things. These things may ...
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Graduation Robes - What accolades does this guy have?

It is conventional in many places for faculty who participate in a graduation ceremony to wear the regalia from the university where they got their degree. Some universities have more... elaborate ...
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Are there potential consequences for not paying a college fee after I graduated?

Should I just relent and pay the fee? At least from US perspective, you may need a transcript or other official correspondence from your university at some point. Therefore, resolving the problem is ...
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Patent Agreement in Order to Graduate

Yes, it is normal. Universities often require this - especially of faculty, but also, often enough of students. You have an issue that you can probably work out with the university. If the patent ...
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Is it an insult to my US university to not walk in graduation?

By all means do what you feel is best for you, but please don't typecast yourself based on the result you got from a Myers-Briggs test. It's more insulting to academia to perpetuate that ...
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Is it an insult to my US university to not walk in graduation?

The institution itself is pretty unlikely to care. INTJ's a pretty common personality type in your major's field, so many of your instructors and peers probably feel the same way. Consider your ...
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Failing students when it might cause them economic ruin

You're not failing the students. Assuming you performed your teaching job well, and you're grading them fairly, the students are failing themselves. They didn't study well enough to pass the class, or ...
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Last Course needed to graduate suddenly not being offered

Since you've already talked to the dean and head of department, keep following up with them. The dean, at least, probably has the power to make exceptions, but wants your advisor involved. Maybe a ...
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Patent Agreement in Order to Graduate

My first question is, is [being told to retrospectively assign patent rights] normal? No: Assigning any patent rights in advance is normal, doing so retrospectively is not. My second question is, ...
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What gown do I wear to student graduation when I have two doctoral degrees?

Yes, you can wear whichever you choose, but the intercollegate rules laid down in the late 19th century suggested (but did not require) that you should wear the regalia of your most recent terminal ...
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Graduation Robes - What accolades does this guy have?

I asked this question on the Facebook 'Academical Dress' group, where Patrick Cook was able to find out who the figure in green is: It is Polish. The gentleman in question if Prof. Maciej Henneberg....
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I left college in the last semester (did not finish), but the college "transferred military experience to credits" and gave me a diploma. Normal?

I think it is generally a mistake to kick a sleeping tiger. What will you gain if you are told it was a mistake? I'd ask for a formal transcript and see what it shows. If all looks well, then use it ...
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Is it normal for graduate degrees to be awarded through the graduate school rather than the individual college?

If this is for the US, note that there is no real "normal/standard" practice. Each university (or state system of universities) can have its own policy on such things. I'd guess that pretty ...
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How to finish PhD and get through the academic job market as a new mother and primary caregiver?

Thanks for asking this important question! I will address three aspects of surviving your next year as a job market candidate and primary caregiver: changes in research style, finances, and emotional ...
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Failing students when it might cause them economic ruin

Something other answers did not yet address - by giving unfairly good grades to undeserving students, you are dramatically, and unfairly, penalizing good students. Students - in large part - choose ...
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Are there potential consequences for not paying a college fee after I graduated?

Some colleges won't send out official transcripts (to employers and such) unless all fees have been paid. You might get "sued" in small claims court in some jurisdictions, which makes it a ...
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Do I have any obligations to my PhD supervisor's requests after I have graduated?

You owe your advisor respect at this point but not specific work products. But rather than think of it as an obligation, I'm curious that you don't think of it as an opportunity. Especially if the ...
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Do I have any obligations to my PhD supervisor's requests after I have graduated?

No, there is no such obligation. You met your requirements for the PhD, got the PhD, and moved on with your life. It is unreasonable and unethical for your advisor to "insist" that you continue to do ...
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Can a UK University prevent you from graduating due to an outstanding library fine?

Yes, they can do it and yes, they do actually do it. If you look at the rules for your university it probably states something similar to this from the University of Leicester: 3.42 A student may ...
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