Wednesday, 12 November 2008

The ass end of the campus grapevine

At least now I know why we all suddenly had to complete a training module on FERPA last week, although in fairness it was the only required training module thus far that actually seemed minimally relevant to my job.

Without wading into the specifics of the case at hand (all I know is what is printed in the local paper), I will say that I have no problem in principle with the idea that students ought to be entitled to due process regarding charges of academic dishonesty, just as they are entitled to due process in the determination of their grades in other circumstances, provided that those entrusted with the duty of reviewing these charges take violations seriously and operate with the presumption that the burden of proof in a grade dispute is on the student rather than the faculty member.

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[Permalink] 1. Michelle wrote @ Wed, 12 Nov 2008, 6:40 pm CST:

I thought it was pretty standard that you can’t fail a student for plagiarism without either submitting it to the honor council/board or telling the student explicitly that they have the right to appeal.

Posting grades online is a no-no though, and no clause in a syllabus will get you out of that.

It is ok, however, (at least according to our registrar) to have students post their own work on a website (such as a blog) as long as you allow students who would rather not, the option of using an alias with their posting or some other alternative. There’s no FERPA problem if the student hits the ‘submit’ button; they are giving up their privacy by choosing to post.

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