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Like all sites in the Stack Exchange network, this community focuses on the subset of questions that we believe we have the expertise to answer really well. Therefore, questions that are outside the scope of this site will be put on hold. In particular, although we are academics, we do not answer questions about every field that is studied in academia! For ...


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My take, from what I've seen so far, is that most things to do with classes and general struggles with learning seem to apply equally well to graduate and undergraduate. I suppose that 'undergraduate-only' is a good filter for not having to deal with questions about undergraduate admissions, or about all of the folderol that is often very important for ...


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Additional clarity is always good. However, we should make sure that we revisit this from time to time—someone may always try to come back and say: "But it's not on the list!"


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I strongly agree with your conclusion, though hadn't been able to phrase it so well. Undergraduate breadth requirements have very little to do with graduate school. In addition, the strength and particulars of their enforcement is also very institution-dependent, which also makes it a poor question for this site.


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I actually like that there's a no undergraduate-only rule, despite often protesting it's (imo) misapplication. My reasoning, such as it is: There are some thing that, while generally applying to undergraduates, are very specific to undergraduates, and don't so much apply to the rest of the academic landscape. Because of the nature of most academic systems, ...


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It's certain that dealing with misconduct by undergraduates is very much a part of the academia experience, for grad students as well as faculty. I see that when a faculty member comes and ask: "A student did (misconduct), can you advise me on how to respond?" then as long as it is not too narrowly applicable a situation, then it seems to clearly be within ...


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I routinely see graduate students in my own university study, cheat on exams and homework, submit plagiarized homework, get upset because others are cheating, dispute grades, complain that a class is badly organized, and all the other things we accuse "undergrads" of doing. Therefore, I believe questions about conduct in university-level coursework should ...


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As a wording for the new close reason, I propose: This question is not within the scope of this site as defined in the help center. Our scope particularly excludes the content of research, education outside of a university setting, and problems only faced by undergraduate students. Note that unless I am very much mistaken, this can be implemented ...


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Thanks for posting this. The general rule is that questions should be generalizable to non-undergraduates, or at the very least be related to the conduct of research. I agree that the first two questions you posted as "on topic" should be open—and I reopened the first one. (The second one remains open.) I agree that the third question is on-topic, but I ...


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To my knowledge, academia is a broad category that covers many topics with education. Academia.SE is a community that covers a number of topics related to the academic world. Not all the academic topics, though. And the list of accepted topics can be modified with well crafted proposals. I let you judge whether yours is a well-crafted proposal or not. ...


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I don't believe those two "definitions" are the same. I'm not sure how seriously people tried to give complete answers to What kind of undergraduate questions are not really generalizable to graduate education? (An "Academia varies more than you think" perspective) but it seems to me there are various other issues specific to undergraduate ...


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In my country, there is no comparable distinction between undergraduate and graduate, and thus I rarely, if ever, select this close reason (and rather skip reviewing questions that are deeply rooted in this system). Nontheless, I agree with you seeing this as boat programming. With the same argument, we could allow all sorts of question on school education,...


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It is a general principle on StackExchange that a question isn't on topic just because it would be more off-topic elsewhere. Thus, there is no such thing as a "default site" in the StackExchange model. Some undergraduate-related questions are on topic here, if they also strongly relate to non-undergraduate aspects of academic life (see, e.g., this meta ...


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How can someone ask a question regarding research in academia without being accused of "shopping"? To take your particular situation as an example: How can I find out about recent changes in a particular field? A similar question already exists and in fact we have an entire tag for similar questions. However, “ask on Academia SE” is not an answer to ...


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is there anything undergraduate-specific about questions on exams, studying, cheating, disputing grades, or other aspects of university-level coursework? For what concerns the above highlighted points, I've never seen any difference in behaviour between undergraduates and graduates (immaturity propagates across degrees). So, yes, I think that questions ...


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I think the downvote is probably a little harsh, but the question in question is just not very good or interesting. It also is not particularly clear in that the OP refers to a set of Harvard guidelines, but doesn't tell us which ones. This might be worthy of an downvote accompanied by a comment.


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As I argued in the question What kind of undergraduate questions are not really generalizable to graduate education? (An "Academia varies more than you think" perspective), the boundary between problems faced by undergraduate students and those faced by graduate ones is not universally well defined. About a year ago I wrote that question because I ...


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My impression nowadays is that we don't really need the undergraduate closing reason as such. Most questions that are closed for being "undergraduate-only" could also fall under the "too specific" label.


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