I’m was doing some continuing education in a Canadian University this fall. I was looking at my list of final grades on their website (none of them seem to be in so far), but one of them is marked IPR.

I did a bit of Googling, and found that IPR stands for (supposedly, anyhow) Inward Processing Relief. Is this the case, and if so, what does it mean? Does it mean that they haven’t finished processing the grades yet? If so, why do I only have it on one of my courses?

Screenshot for reference:

IPR

This is not my directly personal situation, but that of a family member who is to start a Master’s program (natural science), in Canada. You are, as a rule of thumb, admitted with your advisors specified on the offer of admission.

Their primary advisor (with whom I happen to have professional ties) has abruptly resigned from the university to take an administrative position elsewhere. For them, it is a great career move. However, this advisor is contractually unable to start new projects in January, so they have dropped the family member as a student. The secondary advisor appears to have done the same because they lack expertise in half of the project area. The primary advisor further says that the project is cancelled; the project was in collaboration with a government body which would have provided funding.

From what I’ve gathered so far, it might be possible to get the collaboration going if another prof would be supervising but it looks like a Hail Mary option. The department that Master’s was to be done in is very small and the profs have fairly different areas of expertise. Going with a different advisor and project would mean (a) finding funding in three weeks (b) a radical shift in research area and (c) finding a prof who can take on an extra student.

This opportunity arose slightly in part from my ties to the original primary advisor. I would be able to advise my family member during the Master’s based on my expertise in the field (this is the field of expertise that the original secondary adviser lacks, whereas I have a Ph.D. in the broad topic) but a formal supervision, aside from my not having any formal link to the university, is completely out of the question! So, if a prof could be found that would be comfortable with such an arrangement where I informally assist my family member with the parts that the adviser (original secondary or otherwise) is shaky on, that could be an option. And precisely for this reason everything seems like a Hail Mary!

As it stands so right now, my family member is being completely screwed over by the original primary advisor out of the money and an education. I have in addition advised my family member to go see the university’s ombudsman to see what they think or advise. Otherwise, I myself am out of ideas, because the options I can think of so far are long-shot Hail Marys.

What else can be done here?

I read this question where a teaching assistent asks how to deal with an aggressive student.

In her answer, the user Nicole Hamilton gives advice to call campus security. Now, in my naive foreign thinking, whenever the word “campus security” came up, I imagined this to be similar to a discotheque’s security people: A single strong person (or a team) who would be in the university building during its opening hours, helping deeskalate conflicts and throwing out aggresive people.

However, the user “apparente001” advices the OP to “do not hesitate to call campus security for an escort while leaving your building at night” (in a comment). This suggests that campus security is more: A university employee apparently may call these security people at any time to any (reasonable?) place to escort them (I assume, provided that some incident happened like the one described by OP). From the Wikipedia article, I understand Campus police (is this the same as campus security?) to be police officers who only serve in university.

However (at least in my country), I could not simply call the police to escort me at night when something “vague” like the incident described in the question happened. (I do not want to say the the incident is not serious – however, I doubt a police officer would escort me at night if I told them that very incident).

So I take it that campus security/campus police must be something different: an organisation any university employee can call at any time. Can you tell me more about this concept?

In particular, the question which interest me are:

1) Is campus police/campus security the same concept?

2) What exactly does campus police/campus security for university employees? When can they be called and for what purpose?

3) Can university students (if they are not at the university building) also call them? If yes, to what extend do they help them?

While the original question specifies no country, I have the feeling that the OP and the user “apparente001” are talking about US or Canada. (I may be wrong, through.) Therefore, I also would be (mainly) interested in information about these countries.

I am a last year engineering student in Germany. I decided to write my bachelor thesis in Canada and I have found a supervisor in Canada who will help me during my research. He already gave me his ok and asked me to fill up and send him the form application form, so that he and the head of the department can sign it. Now it is over a week (11 days) passed and I still didnt get an answer, before that he always answered in less than 3 days. I sent him a reminder 3 days ago but still no answer. Now I am afraid that he maybe has changed his mind and thats why he is not responding. What do you think and what should I do?

At the moment I’m a biology student, going to finish my bachelor degree in May, 2018. I very much like to apply for master’s in biomedical science and, in particular, immunology in the US or Canada.

To be able to present myself as well as I can, it may be helpful to find out what typical accomplishment/skill/attribute/special knowledge/expertise/experiences are expected and what the evaluation criteria are. Just to clarify I’m not looking for an immediate, effortless solution to get me into one of the top universities in those countries. All I’m looking for is a way to permit myself an easier check of my ability when I’m applying after graduation so more details can be included in my letters or CV. If possible please include a reference to a CV.

At the moment I’m a Biology student, going to finish my bachelor degree in May, 2018. I very much like to apply for Master’s in biomedical science and in particular Immunology in US or Canada. To be able to present myself as well as I can, it may be helpful to find out what typical accomplishment/skill/attribute/special knowledge/expertise/experiences are expected and what the evaluation criteria are. Just to clarify I’m not looking for an immediate, effortless solution to get me into one of the top universities in those countries. All I’m looking for is a way to permit myself an easier check of my ability when I’m applying after graduation so more details can be included in my letters or CV. If possible please include a reference to your CV.

I’m not sure what to tag this question as, and I don’t know if it should be on https://law.stackexchange.com

If there is someone being investigated for academic misconduct
(eg. accused of taking photos of tests and sharing it online – explicitly disallowed by the professor)

and during that investigation, there is no evidence of the tests on the person’s cell/camera,

but there is evidence of other crimes (completely unrelated to the university) on their cell/camera (eg. video of this person bullying a child),

can the university/investigators take any action?

I think no because the investigators were only to investigate academic misconduct and nothing else
but also yes because they have evidence of improper behaviour

It’s a specific question about academic norms in Canada.

I am not Canadian, but I personally find students chatting while the lecturer is talking is highly impolite, disturbing, and unrespectful to the lecturer. If I am lecturing, it would definitely make me upset if I notice audience is not paying attention to my lecture. I either would take it as my lecture is boring, or something similar.

However, since I am not Canadian, my rule might not apply in this specific cultural background. Would this be considered rude in general in Canada? How’s the kids educated here in Canada?

Also, if this is indeed considered rude, how should I, as a part of audience, resolve this nicely and cleanly?

If you think the situations in the States are similar, I would also like to hear about that as well.


Update:

Though I didn’t mention, I meant situation in post secondary institutions, mainly universities, and majorly undergraduate lectures.