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    Re: Honesty (was Re: Mercator vs. Great Circle Charts)
    From: Richard B. Emerson
    Date: 2001 Aug 29, 7:10 AM

    I stand by my remarks.  Had Ms. Seefer said "I'm taking this course, I
    need help with these questions" then I wouldn't be as bothered by the
    situation.  Instead, she shows up out of nowhere, asks us to do her
    homework for her, and, when someone points out what she's doing, gives
    a poor excuse of "well, this isn't for credit so I was just being
    'innovative'".  That's bad enough; we've had people pull this trick
    before and the comments of other Nav-L readers have been less than
    charitable.  The problem is that here we have an academic (and whether
    it's Diablo Valley College or Oxford, the minimum standard of
    scrupulous honesty still applies) who actually uses her position and
    degree to somehow attempt to mitigate the deceit.  As I said to
    Ms. Seefer, it simply won't do.
    I've seen academic careers end for such "casual" dishonesty.  And
    rightly so.  If an instructor or professor is not honest in all
    dealings, there is no reason to trust anything taught and teaching,
    passing on knowledge, is the core of academia.  If the teacher cannot
    be trusted, there is nothing of value left.

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