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You address this by stating directly "I would prefer not to discuss this topic during office hours. Can I help you with any questions you have on the homework?" If the issue persists, I would speak with the professor and perhaps also your dean of students (or something similar).


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The fact of being at different/same colleges or different/same universities has zero bearing on whether it is considered plagiarism or not. If you submit a project that includes someone else's work, without making it clear what is your own work and what is not (and crediting the other contributor/s properly), this is plagiarism. This is true whether the ...


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Let's start with the disclaimer: I am not a lawyer. If you're over the age of 18, it's not illegal to watch most types of porn in the US. Certain types of porn, like child pornography are illegal. Don't watch that crap. It is illegal to download works without permission of the copyright holder. From what I've seen, porn companies are more likely to sue ...


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I don't want to report them, I probably don't have the guts to do it, especially because it's such a socially accepted practice. A "Snitches get stitches" mentality will not solve your problem. Cheating is unethical. You know that you are "at a disadvantage" if you keep your ethical behavior and the others don't. Cheating is pretty easy though: one has ...


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I have a strong negative opinion on this. In 2002, I joined a PhD program and was at the same level of computer science education as peers who had recently completed CS degrees at good schools. My last prior formal CS education was a master's degree that I completed in 1975. I achieved that, as well as staying employable in the computer industry for over ...


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In a comment, you write that the professor had written in an email regarding the exam: you will not have enough time to finish the exam if you spend a lot of time looking through your notes This email is absolutely key. Quote the full email in your statement (including the date and timestamp), and highlight this sentence. It immediately implies that you ...


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Why the university officials do not take action over this copyright violation? Because they can't. There is no way to tell whether a given electronic preprint violates the publisher's copyright-transfer agreement or not. Different publishers place different restrictions on authors' rights to redistribute their papers. Some allow posting pre-edited ...


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How could I tell him to upgrade my grade and explain to him that I really deserve it and that I really need to have (19/20) so I can pass my semester? Don't tell him how to fix the error, and don't open with this being a make-or-break for passing your semester. This will probably put him on the defensive, and make him less likely to be sympathetic. In fact, ...


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In economics a "sleeping beauty" is a company primed for takeover, often because it is under-valued. Asset valuation is quite a large topic in accounting, since it can have a huge impact on the final total value of the company. Some authors are of the opinion that the (European) sovereign debt crisis created a mentality shift in accounting. That is, ...


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You've asked a question that is both very important and very difficult, as well as one that is likely to draw different answers from different people depending on their own experiences in academia. This is because there are both competitive and cooperative aspects to academia. Different people take different strategies with respect to the balance between ...


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I have never heard of a textbook being "secret" in the sense that it was being kept intentionally hidden to give students of one organization an advantage. I have often, however, encountered draft textbooks that a professor had not yet completed or published, for which students were partly acting as "beta testers." These are often not released for general ...


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TL; DR: We adjust the penalty. I sit on my department's Academic Misconduct Committee so unfortunately I see a lot of these cases. The University policy has created two similarly sounding, but different terms: academic misconduct and poor academic practice, with academic misconduct being much more severe than poor academic practice. Every student suspected ...


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You have lost the money whether or not the "university" gives you the degree. You have given your money to what is known as a diploma mill. A long time ago (nearly two decades!), I received an email offering degrees from "prestigious, non-accredited universities" based on life experience. This is a complete and total scam. Even if you have a diploma, it ...


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(Original answer March 2015) I guess it's time to answer my own question. Not long after posting the original question I began living exclusively as a woman (barring some short family-related interruptions). I'll list some themes that applied to me that I think would apply generally: Work interruption: As much as I tried to avoid it, transitioning ...


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When the instructor said you could work "together", they meant together with a student that hadn't previously completed the assignment. They expect both students (when working together) to contribute equally towards writing an essay from scratch. Basing your essay on another student's essay (that you did not work together on) is plagiarism. The best you ...


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Besides all the factors that the other answer already lists, the elephant in the room is that KAUST has explicitly been designed to be a world-class university (rather than organically growing into one, as was the case with your other examples). In short, it is not so much more expensive nowadays to found just any university - in fact new universities get ...


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How do other uni's deal with this? I've attended courses in two universities and have been an exam supervisor in another academical institution. In all those cases only one student could go to the bathroom at a time. A supervisor would accompany the student up to the bathroom door and wait until the student would return. Sure, the student could hide a book, ...


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This "solution" you've presented was brought up in a related question from a while ago. ...Then I went to Yahoo Answers, made a bunch of fake accounts, and posted tantalizingly wrong answers to all of my own HW questions. I have told all subsequent students not to google the HW answers because there are wrong solutions out there. The consensus at the ...


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I can't speak for the work environments at other schools, but where I teach, the department chair gets an nicer office, a reduced teaching assignment, and extra pay, in addition to some political and financial power associated with the fancier job title.


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Whether this is a standard practice or not highly depends on your university. However, the attribution of these exam period is an automated process and some situations like yours are bound to happen. If I were you, I would consult the specific rules of your University. I know at that my previous Canadian University in Montreal (École Polytechnique), there ...


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To make a good PhD degree, you do not have to be in the top 100 universities in the world. The high tier journals accepts papers and acknowledges valuable research contributions from all over the world. Develop the skills you have acquired in your masters, get a highly motivated and experienced supervisor who is interested in your area/you are interested ...


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Generally speaking, humans - even professors with a bad reputation - behave the way they do in a way that is sensible in at least some context, even if that context is only in their own mind. Without knowing the situation, this behavior could be anywhere from an indefensible prejudice to a "reasonable person" response that one simply fails to understand or ...


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Often a professor is no more eager than you to invoke formal disciplinary mechanisms, as they are often complex and time-consuming. From what you describe, it sounds like you've been given your punishment and find it fair. If the professor was interested in taking it further, you would likely (but not necessarily) have been informed in the same email. To ...


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No. Many of the top universities are tourist attractions and it is not uncommon to see tourists wandering around campus taking photos and eventually buying paraphernalia. While in the US it is not uncommon to see students wearing standard school t-shirts and sweatshirts, in the UK, students generally do not wear clothes that are available in the bookstore. ...


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tl;dr there is at least one instance of a disorderly conduct charge for watching pornography in a university library. I bring you the story of STATE OF WISCONSIN v DAVID J. REIDINGER. From the most recent (January 2016) appeals court decision: David Reidinger was found to have violated WIS. ADMIN. CODE § UWS 18.11(2), which prohibits disorderly conduct ...


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Now, my question is that I want to know if this is acceptable? --- This may or may not be acceptable, depending on the context in which this example is used in the teaching process. For example, it is acceptable to use this story to reflect on how the dominant attitude to women rights changed in time. I found the story offensive in the extreme --- I ...


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and was visibly disappointed when I replied negatively This is their problem, not yours. How should I react to a question such as this? If you feel uncomfortable defending your position when it comes to religion, politics or sex, or simply you don't want to discuss them with an extraneous person, recall that you don't have any obligation to: cut it ...


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Explain what you did and your study process. If you have notes from your study they will help. Insist, insist, that you did no wrong. That is about all you can do. If you are punished for having studied effectively then your system is broken and it will be difficult to correct. If you are given a punishment and have the opportunity to escalate it, then do so....


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First, I'll assume that you don't and can't bypass the statement. The journal isn't going to go along with that. Second, while this may be an edge case, the line needs to be drawn somewhere and it has been decided that the line is drawn in the most conservative place so that you don't need to make judgements in every case. The reason for conservatism here ...


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