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Accommodating whiteboard glare for low-vision student

We decided to gift the teacher a big new thick 10mm chisel 'Big Nib' marker from a premium brand, Artline. This is the thickest I found on Amazon, though other respected brands, like Pilot, offer even ...
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How to come back to academic machine learning career after absence due to health issues

I also took an extended mental health detour before getting to my PhD, and my industry programming experience has been very exciting to a lot of the academics I work with because competent programmers ...
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Accommodating whiteboard glare for low-vision student

A portable blackboard could probably be found for close to free. They're more environmentally friendly anyway.
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Accommodating whiteboard glare for low-vision student

This is one of the many reasons I dislike whiteboards--I have the same problem. In general, the lecturer and the university is responsible for making reasonable accommodations. I teach a large ...
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Accommodating whiteboard glare for low-vision student

I am going to assume that the bureaucratic obstacles have been cleared (perhaps with the help of the school's accessibility office, as others have suggested) and all that remains is the technical ...
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Accommodating whiteboard glare for low-vision student

How about asking the teacher if their whiteboard writeup is based on written notes and if they'd be willing to share those with the student having accessibility issues?
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Accommodating whiteboard glare for low-vision student

Have the student in question go to the school's accessibility office and tell them about their problem. That office is the dedicated contact point for solving problems like these (individually and ...
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Accommodating whiteboard glare for low-vision student

Universities are bureaucracies and that requires a certain way of communication. Learning that is probably one of the most useful skills a student can acquire at a university. I suspect that your ...
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Accommodating whiteboard glare for low-vision student

First of all, any action involving the university or professor needs to be initiated by your friend, who is the student. There is no role for a student's friend in getting accommodations, except ...
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Accommodating whiteboard glare for low-vision student

In the US (not sure about Canada), usually such things are handled by official channels. Check out accommodation services or anything related to disabilities, and work something out. Those official ...
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Accommodating whiteboard glare for low-vision student

Ethically, the teacher must make an accommodation, independent of any laws that might apply. It is unethical to disadvantage a student because she "likes" to use difficult to read markers or ...
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Change PhD due to reasons unrelated to work?

Like others have said, while the issues you are highlighting are very understandable, they are not things that your supervisor has any power to resolve or even expedite. If you are on good terms with ...
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Change PhD due to reasons unrelated to work?

You didn't mention what country you're from. It seems you're having difficulty with cultural adaption. I speak as someone who has lived, studied, and worked in the US and Canada and traveled to France ...
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Change PhD due to reasons unrelated to work?

Nothing you describe appears to be something that your supervisor can fix, apart from 1. where (if this is really the way the system/institution (dis)functions) they could reimburse you out of their ...
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Change PhD due to reasons unrelated to work?

My two cents as someone entering 4th year of a PhD program in econometrics in a European country where a conference trip is worth several months of stipend (I do not get wage, I am not an employee at ...
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As an advisor, how can I help students with time management and procrastination?

You did not mention the subject you are teaching. Introduce them to scrum and kanban if that is not common in your field. While it is not perfect for research tasks, and not designed for single-person ...
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As an advisor, how can I help students with time management and procrastination?

As you say, a big part of the challenge is the sudden lack of structure - so help them build that structure back in. I have ADHD and my supervisors do an amazing job of supporting me. I also have a &...
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As an advisor, how can I help students with time management and procrastination?

I recommend handling interactions with the student as if you were managing a project (well-- in fact, you are managing a project, so it's not that tough of a stretch). Work with the student to develop ...
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Change PhD due to reasons unrelated to work?

I think you should try to find viable ways to continue working with your current supervisor. Try to budget your expenses and, if possible, increase your income. You mention that you are a CS major so ...
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Change PhD due to reasons unrelated to work?

You cannot make your supervisor be happy with your decision. More broadly, as a general life lesson: you cannot control the feelings of other people. You have certain ethical responsibilities to other ...
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As an advisor, how can I help students with time management and procrastination?

As a graduate student, I faced procrastination issues, lack of motivation issues, occasional self-doubt issues, and ego issues. It got so bad that my PhD advisor had to step in at some point with an ...
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Is it unfair to retroactively excuse a student for absences?

Such accommodations are normally retroactive. When someone is unable to continue schoolwork due to medical matters, they are often also unable to chase down every instructor and get excused from ...
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As an advisor, how can I help students with time management and procrastination?

Actually, I'd suggest calling in the professionals. Most universities will have some sort of office that has people with some expertise in this. For individual advisees, you could suggest a visit to ...
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As an advisor, how can I help students with time management and procrastination?

Indirectly, teach by example. For example, model time management by not waiting until the last minute. Set goals. Model work-life balance. Break larger projects into smaller projects. Also, with by ...
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Is it unfair to retroactively excuse a student for absences?

Once the Dean and Provost looked into the situation, the one thing you can usually safely assume is that they know stuff you may not be entitled to know. Do what they say, keep them apprised of any ...
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Is it unfair to retroactively excuse a student for absences?

Just to add: people are normally not in a habit of disclosing a pregnancy before entering the second trimester, that is after 3 months of being pregnant have already passed. This is advised by many, ...
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Is it unfair to retroactively excuse a student for absences?

The top line question is whether this situation is "fair". In short: You should give the make-up work unless it significantly exceeds your typical workload and complain later if there's ...
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Is it unfair to retroactively excuse a student for absences?

Is it an instance of accommodation abuse? No. People get pregnant for many reasons, but abusing accommodations of a university lecture is never one of them.
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Is it unfair to retroactively excuse a student for absences?

I'd suggest to treat this like other medical conditions that can have acute aspects. I.e., do give accommodation according to what the medical certificate says once you have it. Or do what ...
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Is it unfair to retroactively excuse a student for absences?

Even if the rules clearly state that you can't give retroactive excuses, this is a case where you should break the rules. But the rules don't say that. They say you are not obligated to give them. ...
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Is it unfair to retroactively excuse a student for absences?

In my experience the "no retroactive accommodations" policy is for the instructors' benefit. It's to encourage students who already have a diagnosis to not bomb instructors with these ...
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Is it unfair to retroactively excuse a student for absences?

Just going from what you wrote in the question (emphasis added) The university’s policy stipulates that accommodations are not retroactive, and instructors are not obligated to revise penalties for ...
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Is it unfair to retroactively excuse a student for absences?

If your institution is in the United States, Title IX may legally require the university to allow a student who misses time due to pregnancy to make up missed work. See https://www2.ed.gov/about/...
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Is it unfair to retroactively excuse a student for absences?

I'm a little surprised by the direction these answers have gone. Yes, people with health conditions like pregnancy deserve (legally and otherwise) certain accommodations. But even so, there is a ...
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Is it unfair to retroactively excuse a student for absences?

It seems completely reasonable, to me, to allow make-up work. To me, it's not even quite an issue of what, exactly, The Rules say, but of what is reasonable. Rules are only an attempt to formalize ...
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Is it unfair to retroactively excuse a student for absences?

I’ll stand with the dean and provost. Giving the person the accommodation won’t disadvantage the other students assuming you have a reasonable grading system. There’s no reason to be tough when it can ...
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