Two Michigan State Reps Misrepresent Degrees

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Jonathan Whatley, Aug 30, 2023.

  1. Jonathan Whatley

    Jonathan Whatley Well-Known Member

    Free Press review surfaces errors in degree claims by 2 state lawmakers in bios (Lily Altavena, Clara Hendrickson, and Emily Lawler, Detroit Free Press, August 30, 2023
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  2. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    Interesting. I do feel for the one student who didn't realize they did not meet the degree requirements despite having been given a diploma and participating in graduation.

    The other is a lot harder to justify. Why does every person who has a false claim on their resume claim a staffer put it together? Why are staffers writing biographies at all?
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  3. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Easier to fire a staffer than yourself. Easier to do nothing to a staffer than yourself. Easier to pretend you have a staffer than take responsibility.
  4. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    I had a staffer once who put in my bio that I had been Pope. I explained carefully that I was only a cardinal and voted for popes. Then I traded her to the Episcopals for future considerations.
  5. Suss

    Suss Active Member

    These are unfortunate errors, but at least those two legislators actually attended and put in face (and butt in chair) time at the college/university in question.

    Is there a term, like "stolen valor" (in the military realm) when it happens in the academic realm?
  6. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

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  7. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    FERPA, which protects student privacy, allows the release of directory information without consent. This includes, among other things, dates of attendance and any degrees, honors or awards received:

    I had to do FERPA training when I taught at Eastern.
  8. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    This is true. Added: the student may request that information be masked (withheld).
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