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Negligent supervision in a Canadian graduate university program - legal remedy?

The Faculty of Graduate Studies handbook at my Canadian university provides clear guidelines for what supervisors and committees are expected to do. The supervisor in question has been delinquent with ...
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What laws would be broken if a university professor accepted money in exchange for better grades?

Suppose a student in an ordinary university offered $100 to his professor (or Teaching Assistant) in exchange for a five percentage point improvement in his grade. Suppose the professor/TA accepted it ...
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Is it legal to advertise private paid labor over academic email?

Is it legal for a public university employee to advertise private paid labor over an academic email sent to other university employees? Would this issue be university-specific, in the US, or is there ...
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Are there legal barriers to academic departments in the US choosing to act themselves in cases of sexual harassment or related incidents?

My understanding of Title IX is that it is a federal law that requires, among other organizations, universities, to ensure that women are not denied equal opportunities. In order to ensure ...
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Outsourcing papers and other homework and screen sharing to India?

There are two cheating scenarios 1) In person 2) Online How are these cheating scenarios treated differently in academia?
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Does printing several journal articles for a friend run afoul of copyright law?

I am a graduate student. For a fellow graduate student's upcoming birthday, I wanted to give him a collection of seminal papers in his field. The idea was to print a collection of 10 papers, totaling ...
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To achieve ECTS credits at my school a student is forced to drop his/her right of privacy

Some background about the situation: I attend a vocational university (university of applied sciences) I live in the Netherlands - Europe We have a mandatory activity that provides us with ECTS ...
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May a college remove a degree plan without letting students graduate without that degree?

I attended an art school that is part of the UT System, and they removed my degree plan a year after I joined and started removing the classes required to graduate. They informed that I would be able ...
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On using a trademark (e.g. “lego”) in the name of an unrelated scientific work

[Premise: the question uses "lego" to illustrate the concept but it is meant to ask about any general situation of this type] Question: Is there anything problematic in using the term "lego" in the ...
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Can a professor patent and license a technology if the development used software with non-commerical license?

Suppose a professor or student at a university uses software like Rosetta (a protein folding software) for their research. Rosetta has free academic licenses as well as paid commercial licenses ...
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What copyright terminology do I need to include in my thesis (for a new encryption algorithm)?

I'm about to publish a thesis on a new encryption algorithm I devised, and was told by my Committee Chair that I would need to include: A copyright page - to safeguard my work from being patented by ...
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“Reading up” law?

I am currently taking an undergraduate Introduction to International Law course. In an email to the students regarding an upcoming case brief, my professor clarified that one part of the rationale ...
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How do I calculate damages for educational misconduct?

I have an issue with my university. After 3 years of PhD research, I have presented to my examiners a out-of-format interdisciplinary research, as agreed with my supervisor. Unfortunately, my ...
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Is modifying an academic transcript illegal?

On my University of Washington unofficial transcript, it says ANY ALTERATION OR MODIFICATION OF THIS RECORD OR ANY COPY THEREOF MAY CONSTITUTE A FELONY AND/OR LEAD TO STUDENT DISCIPLINARY ...
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Can I terminate an employee for qualifying for a job through a “degree mill?”

We have recently put together an HR unit, which reviewed all our employees and found that one has an unsatisfactory qualification (BA in Public Relations from an unaccredited college). HR suggested ...
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GDPR vs. Copyright for a recommendation letter

Spurred by a discussion on academia.se: suppose prof. X writes a letter of recommendation for her student mr. Y, and sends it to university Z through an on-line system. Then, the student mr. Y writes ...
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Can this be considered as a case of fraud?

I recently got into an argument regarding whether submitting the following letter to an instituition could be regarded as a fraud: To Whomsover It May Concern This is to certify that X is pursuing ...
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Banning person from a city

Suppose a UK university allows students to intermit for a year, and then return to continue their studies on the basis that they do not enter the city in which the university is based during that time....
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Can academics break the law with their research?

Are there any U.S. or U.K. laws that prevent academic research papers or journals from being published? Can academics outline the methodology of illegal activities? For example, could a computer ...
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What automatic citation/bibliography programs are well-designed for law papers?

I have tried Mendeley for citations and bibliography for writing law papers at my university, but it seems not to be designed for legal citations. For example, when I want to add a Case file as an ...
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What type of lawyer would I need to help me deal with issues of academic misconduct?

What can stop a university from doing whatever they want and screwing students over in terms of accusing them of cheating, plagiarism, or a misunderstanding of professor authorization of essay re-...
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What type of lawyer (criminal, civil, family, etc.) would I need to help me deal with issues of academic misconduct? [duplicate]

What can stop a university from doing whatever they want and screwing students over in terms of accusing them of cheating, plagiarism, or a misunderstanding of professor authorization of essay re-...
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If I want to become a law professor after working at a law firm for a few years, does it matter what my practice area is at the firm?

I'm not even in law school yet, so I'm thinking way ahead here, but I'm curious. Suppose I want to teach constitutional law. Will it matter if most of the work I've done in private practice is ...
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Academic Judicial Affairs

I was asked to appear to the Judicial Affairs office at my University. Although innocent, they slapped me with "cheating" and "lewd conduct" -- amongst other charges I am unaware of (and are ...
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What are the legalities of online research involving illegal services?

I want to do a thesis paper involving illegal online resources. I don't want to be persecuted for these things though. What are some of the steps I would need to take to legitimately go about ...
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Is a Masters thesis in the public domain?

Is a Master's thesis submitted to the University of California Berkeley in the public domain (i.e., can be shared publicly by a person in USA on the internet without asking anybody's permission)?
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Can I create a (openly) fictional university online? What restrictions apply?

I am considering writing some stories, which in part revolve around a fictional university. In that regard, I would like to set up a website for the university, complete with course catalogue and all ...
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No break clause in academic contract

I came across a mention of a "no break clause" in academic contracts, i.e. a clause in working contract by which an academic is liable to a penalty if they terminate their contract before the end of a ...
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Can I share an academic article with people who contact me via email after they have seen my web annotation?

Am I allowed to share an academic journal article (e.g. downloaded from ScienceDirect) with people who contact me via email through a Hypothesis annotation that I left on the web page of the ...
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On a French diploma, why are some decrees timestamped, while others are not?

I have noticed that on some French diploma, some decrees timestamped, while others are not. Why? Example In the red rectangle, the first line refers to a decree without mentioning its date, while ...
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Is consent required by law to take a picture or to record audio / video of a conference talk?

Is consent required by law to take a picture or to record audio / video of a conference talk? Assume that the conference does not explicitly prohibit unauthorized audio and visual recordings of the ...
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What makes a legal question “hard”?

When someone says another person has a brilliant legal mind, I assume that means the person is well suited for hard legal questions. I think mathematicians and logicians have a systematic way of ...
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Are there any restrictions on “Open Access” material?

A video on Wikipedia claims that Open Access articles come with "full reuse rights" (sections 0:04 and 5:38). Are Open Access articles as open as public domain works? Is the definition of the ...