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I am uncomfortable about students taking pictures of the blackboard, because I don't like appearing in them

Perhaps you could make an announcement that just before erasing the board, you will pause for a moment to allow pictures to be taken, while you stand out of the way so as not to obstruct the shot. ...
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I am uncomfortable about students taking pictures of the blackboard, because I don't like appearing in them

Give them the lecture notes online. Then they have no reason to take pictures. Also scanned papers look better than messy pictures of blackboard and if you omit some proofs due to lack of time, they ...
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Asking my Professor to create a Google Account to submit a Letter of Recommendation for me

My best guess, and just a guess, is that he was frustrated with the system that was required, rather than with you. It is probably a mistake for any admissions system to require an email address from ...
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Is a professor allowed to require me to give him permission to speak with my doctor before letting me make up an exam?

That sounds like a big no to me, but that comes from Germany with very strict rules on privacy. Your medical condition is your thing, and yours alone. If you have a document that certifies your ...
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Instructor listening in secretly in simulated intake assignment -- allowed? Ethical?

I have to side with your professor here. You did not have a private phone conversation. You had a simulated conversation with a person you knew to be a fake client with the purpose of evaluating your ...
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Alma mater (USA) refuses to remove my name from public search

In the United States, educational records - including the fact of your enrollment in this particular course - are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA prohibits ...
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Should I use the university or personal account for note-taking?

The privacy concerns are not to be dismissed, but my first worry would be retaining access to the notes in the future. A few years from now you will no longer be affiliated with the university, and ...
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My PhD thesis has personal information and I don't want this to be public. What can I do?

As suggested in the comments by DCTLib, simply ask them to replace it with a version without the personal data (or with the specifics redacted) that you attach to the request. This should be a simple ...
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Is a professor allowed to ask me what grade I got in a previous class?

In the US, federal student privacy laws (FERPA) dictate that schools restrict access to student educational records, so that only those with a "legitimate educational interest" can access them. Most ...
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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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Can online recording of work area at home be made a mandatory criterion for passing exams midway through a course?

Universities around the world are trying very hard right now to find ways to balance students’ rights to privacy and dignity with difficult practical questions concerning the transition to remote ...
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Is a professor allowed to require me to give him permission to speak with my doctor before letting me make up an exam?

I am not sure if it is relevant to your situation since you haven't mentioned a country (I am in the UK), however I have personally been asked a similar thing when the professor wanted to check that ...
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Naming students one has supervised in a CV

Since theses are published, and since at all universities I know of the thesis contains both the title, the year, and a list of the names of the student's supervisor and committee members, it is ...
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A journal published my private home address alongside my publication. Can I get it removed?

Springer has a privacy policy. It seems to be largely based on the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). According to XIV, point 2, you can request a removal of your personal ...
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Is it acceptable for the secretary to have full access to our entire Outlook agenda?

My own perspective on this from the UK is that it is completely normal outside universities that outlook calendars are made fully accessible by anyone in the org. Many of my non-academic friends ...
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As a TA, how much information should I share with the professor about students?

Since the professor is ultimately responsible for the class and for the student outcomes, there is very little that should not be shared. Many things need to be shared to protect student welfare, in ...
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I am uncomfortable about students taking pictures of the blackboard, because I don't like appearing in them

I actually have a professor with the same feelings about being in pictures. At the beginning of the semester he said to us that because of his religion he cannot be shown in pictures. He says that ...
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As a referee, how can I avoid being force-opted into marketing?

As suggested in comments, just refuse to review for the journal. If you want to tell them why, it might (or not) have an effect on their policies. Those scientists on the board will have more clout ...
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Should I send a letter of recommendation directly to a student?

In general, this is a generous thing to do, if you are comfortable with the student. I would make sure to ask what school/program it is being sent to, and then you can double check (and decline if it'...
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Is a professor allowed to require me to give him permission to speak with my doctor before letting me make up an exam?

At my university (a well-off private university in the USA), there is an Office of Disability Services who, in situations like this, acts as the middle-man between doctors and professors to determine ...
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It is alright to include students' first names in a teaching statement?

I think you should avoid giving their full names, as opposed to just their first names unless they give permission for it. Better, using an alias for the students protects their privacy but doesn't ...
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Is it acceptable for the secretary to have full access to our entire Outlook agenda?

This is unreasonable. The scheduling part is reasonable, but there is no good reason I can think of to let a secretary that doesn't answer to you know who you are meeting with or exactly what you are ...
Scott Seidman's user avatar
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Can online recording of work area at home be made a mandatory criterion for passing exams midway through a course?

We have the same kind of procedure at my university in europe. My advisor put it this way: This online testing is an offer for those who want/need to use it. It is far from ideal, but if you really ...
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Is a professor allowed to require me to give him permission to speak with my doctor before letting me make up an exam?

It is highly unethical for the professor to make this request. The professor is asking for the student to waive their right to medical privacy and in exchange all the professor will do is their job. ...
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Can online recording of work area at home be made a mandatory criterion for passing exams midway through a course?

As Dan Romik’s answer suggests, I think it is unlikely you’ll be able to get an individual exception from this policy. However, you can give polite and respectful feedback explaining that you find it ...
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As a referee, how can I avoid being force-opted into marketing?

If you are in the European Union, the publisher is breaking the law (regardless of where they are based). Some organisations break the law as a calculated move, but most that do do so "...
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My university requires unrestricted access to my personal laptop. What should I do?

My university requires unrestricted access to my personal computer for an afternoon to install a certain software. Your university has messed up. Are you really sure that it's the university ...
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Is a professor allowed to ask me what grade I got in a previous class?

There are very few things, if any, that professors are prohibited from asking. Asking some things (e.g., sexual orientation or marital status) might get a professor in trouble if a complaint is raised ...
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Is it an invasion of privacy to ask a lecturer for details on their LaTeX editor setup?

I don't think anybody would look on such a request as an "invasion of privacy"; if anything, most people are happy to share the names of tools they use. I wouldn't worry about it, but don't be alarmed ...
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Asking my Professor to create a Google Account to submit a Letter of Recommendation for me

It is an unfortunate situation, and I think you misread it a bit. While your recommender didn't come right out and say it, when he emailed you to say that the submission site required a google ...
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