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My university requires that I take attendance. How should I treat students who arrive late to class?

This is an answer to a previous version of the question, where it was not clear that recording attendance was mandatory at the asker’s university. Therefore my answer does not cover the specific ...
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My university requires that I take attendance. How should I treat students who arrive late to class?

I'll try to provide an answer in light of the fact that many answers here will come from professors who do not realize how common it is for some college institutions to have mandatory attendance-...
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Can a professor tell you that you can’t use your phone before or after their class?

I think your description of what’s going on is misleading. The professor is not “telling you you can’t use your phone before class”. He’s telling you you can’t use your phone before class in 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 feel like you're overthinking this. What you did seems an improvement to me over taking, say, bowling to fill a last credit, which isn't uncommon in undergrad. The professor gave you your grade and ...
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Is listing annexed territory listed in author details a valid reason to decline to review?

Since you ask for a framework for thinking about it, I'll suggest that an action on your part that disadvantages the author, perhaps already a victim, won't bring justice. Probably better to ignore ...
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What should I do when my students use their phones in class?

Frame challenge:You shouldn't, in fact, You cannot.This is academia, not kindergarten. These are adult people and are completely free to do whatever they want in their life as long as they are not ...
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What should I do when my students use their phones in class?

Well, we are educating adults - and they should be able to decide what's good for them and what's bad. Of course, this philosophy does not work out really well in real classrooms - but some students ...
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How can I address a student systematically boosting their grades by filing frivolous complaints?

When it comes to "he-said, she-said" situations, as seems to be the case here, most institutions will tend to take the side of professors by default. For obvious reasons—the 18–22 year old college ...
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Examples of successful push-backs against DEI (diversity, etc.) initiatives in academia?

For what it's worth, quite a few people in my own math department did a lot of "pushing-back" in 2019-20, while I was chair of the "Diversity Committee". The pushing-back was "...
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Am I allowed to show properly redacted exams to a colleague to determine if cheating occurred?

FERPA permits education records to be shared with school officials who have a "legitimate educational interest" in them. Examples of a "legitimate educational interest" include (via University of ...
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Is it ethical for students to be required to consent to their final course projects being publicly shared?

The red flag here is that the instructor is requiring students to sign away a legal right they have. What gives them the right? A university may reasonably make such a requirement as a matter of ...
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Examples of successful push-backs against DEI (diversity, etc.) initiatives in academia?

I personally have had some limited success in pushing back against "DEI initiatives" with arguments such as: This does not go far enough because it only helps "x minority" but ...
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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?

Many schools, including the one where I got my undergraduate degree, have a system whereby a student can get credit for a course by proving that he knows the material --- usually by taking exams but ...
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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 can assure you, that there will never be any consequences from this, that's for certain. You asked the professor - she allowed it. It's her problem, not yours. You won't ever lose this degree, ...
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What is a "Safe Space"?

I think the Merriam Webster definition you reference: a place (as on a college campus) intended to be free of bias, conflict, criticism, or potentially threatening actions, ideas, or conversations ...
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The registrar's office requested me to raise the cap of my courses

Policies vary from place to place and even across different departments or colleges within the same university. I was at one point a department chair and handled various similar situations to what you ...
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Why not offer credit by exam to students who have failed a course?

Short answer: A short exam cannot test mastery of all the skills taught during a course. When such exams are offered, they are normally offered only to students who have successfully completed an ...
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How can I address a student systematically boosting their grades by filing frivolous complaints?

As for addressing what already happened, this obviously depends a lot on what rules you have, but it may still be worth looking whether you have some of those very broad rules demanding mutual respect,...
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What is the appropriate response to students who peek at the exam questions before the exam starts?

If it really makes a difference, you could put each exam in a sealed manila envelope. When you announce that the students can begin, then they can tear open the envelope and remove the exam. Lots of ...
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Can a professor tell you that you can’t use your phone before or after their class?

Short answer: Yes, he can (unless there is a rule to the contrary) If I understand your description correctly, you are present in the lecture room outside of the designated lecture time, and the ...
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Missing final exam due to exhaustion?

You should do whatever you or your institution would ordinarily do for a student who brought a doctor's note after missing an exam. You are not the student's doctor and the cause of the student's ...
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My university requires that I take attendance. How should I treat students who arrive late to class?

In this case, attendance is a requirement mandated from above. You could ask for clarification from the powers that be who set the rule. For example, you could ask ... Is attendance to be recorded at ...
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How can I address a student systematically boosting their grades by filing frivolous complaints?

Independent re-evaluation and re-grading In my institution a situation like that "The real strike comes at the end of the semester" complaint and dispute with some potential risk of unfair grading or ...
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Examples of successful push-backs against DEI (diversity, etc.) initiatives in academia?

I am not aware of any major successful pushbacks against DEI initiatives, but I know where you might look for more information and some possible leads. In 2020, philosophy professor Brian Leiter ...
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How to deal with dramatic drop in grade due to strict attendance policy

You do not currently hold a 91%. You may have held a 91% percent yesterday, but now you hold a 76%. Am I wrong to feel as though this is an unfair mark? Given that you knew the policy in advance ...
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Can UK university require you email from @ac.uk, not OutLOOK?

I am afraid that your question is based on a wrong premise, which I will try to correct. Most (if not all) universities in the UK give their students and staff an email address in zone .ac.uk. Most ...
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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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