Teaching Labs Policies FAQUp one level
- I have a student from another section in my lab. She/he is making up a missed lab. What do I do?
- There is a student on my roster that has never showed up to class. What's with that?
- I suspect plagiarism. What do I do?
- I can't teach my lab this (or next, or in a few) weeks. What should I do?
I have a student from another section in my lab. She/he is making up a missed lab. What do I do?
The student should join your group of students. It is your responsibility to grade all the in-class work and the pre-lab work that this student produces and get the graded work to the TA in the student's usual section. If a lab report is due that week, the student must make arrangements with her/his own TA as to how/when deliver the lab report.
Remember that students can only make up the lab from the current week.
There is a student on my roster that has never showed up to class. What's with that?
Sometimes students will register for a section and then change their section or their schedule without dropping their original courses. The best way to find out is to email the student and ask her/him directly.
I suspect plagiarism. What do I do?
According to the Student Code, the student should receive a zero for that particular assignment and then re-do the assignment for no grade or credit, showing original work. If the infraction is on something major, like a lab final, you can consider giving a zero grade for the entire course. You should also send a letter to the CLAS Dean's Office, the student, and the course instructor.
Unfortunately, plagiarism is a complex thing, and students will cheat and/or copy work for a variety of reasons. This makes it difficult for us to establish a hard-down policy because the circumstances are different for every case.
Some resources around academic misconduct:
I can't teach my lab this (or next, or in a few) weeks. What should I do?
It is your responsibility to find a substitute. Talk to your fellow TAs- generally they'll help you out. Generally they'll take a section of yours this week if you take one of their sections next week- or something along those lines. If you're having problems finding someone, please contact the Lab Office as soon as possible.