Rate My Professor Legal Issues

Rate My Professor Legal Issues

Many professors dislike teacher evaluation websites, claiming that they particularly appeal to disgruntled students and therefore offer a distorted – but very public – display of their teaching skills. Others say that students are not always the best judges of teaching ability, and that they tend to rank simpler courses and professors higher than meaningful but challenging courses. But most professors now see it as an inevitable part of the work to be evaluated on the internet – good or bad. I`m a professor (leading tenure, so my position is reasonably safe unless I kill someone) at a decent flagship university, and I think this question is mostly theoretical, unless there are a few simple steps I can take, in which case I`ll take them. I do not think you are a professor because a tenure-track position is not reasonably secure, at least in my experience. The pressure on publishing is high, even with SLACs. Unless you`re in something like a community college, the more PO responses I read, the more credible I find the messages from ratemyprofessors about them. The law is clear on that. Anyone who wants to sue Rate My Professors for reviews published by our members risks court-imposed sanctions. This may include financial penalties and reimbursement of our attorneys` fees, as we must defend ourselves against a lawsuit that ignores the obvious legal protection of Rate My Professors. If, despite our caution, you believe that legal action is the only legal remedy for you, our address for service of legal proceedings is: In a blog entitled Sally Vogl-Bauer`s Unprofessionalism (the inappropriate of a college professor), a certain Barry Grunder wrote: “How do you deal with a lay university professor? What do you do if your behaviour is condescending, degrading and unprofessional, combined with an unfounded and unfair rating? I had my first lesson in this area in the Master`s programme at UW-Whitewater with Professor Sally Vogl-Bauer.

I`m not a lawyer, but I have my master`s degree and I`ve almost finished my PhD and I`ve very rarely looked at my professor. I don`t think anyone really uses it as a reliable way to choose a teacher. I think OP, you and your family/friends spend a lot more time worrying about it than any student. I totally understand that the mean and false things about you on the internet are disturbing and disturbing, but I think most people would consider the source and understand that anyone can write anything on it. Individual individuals can make multiple separate assessments of a single professor on RMP. [23] RMP acknowledges [24] that while it does not allow such multiple ratings from a single IP address, it has no control over rattlers who use several different computers or “tamper” with IP addresses. There is also no way to know that those who evaluate a professor`s course have actually taken the course in question, allowing professors to evaluate themselves and each other. [25] Users who have taken or are currently taking a course taught by a particular teacher can view an evaluation and evaluation of each teacher already listed on the website. In addition, users can create an entry for each person who is not already listed. To be published, an evaluator must rate the course and/or professor on a scale of 1 to 5 in the following categories: “overall quality” and “difficulty”.

The evaluator may also indicate whether the professor would re-enrol the professor, whether the course was credited, whether attendance was mandatory, whether the textbook was used, and what grade he or she received in the course; In addition, the reviewer can contain comments of up to 350 characters. Reviewers can also select up to 3 tags (from a list of 20) that describe the instructor. [5] [6] For RateMyProfessors.com, most reviews for Vogl-Bauer are positive, and a review does not seem defamatory. It`s unclear if Llewellyn tried posting there, as commentators are anonymous. Edwards said the website pays close attention to professors` requests to remove defamatory comments. According to the guidelines published on the site, users are limited to one comment and are asked to keep their comments “honest” and refer to the teaching skills of the teachers. It indicates that derogatory comments and those saying that a professor has been biased against a student or groups of students, including “don`ts,” can be removed from the site. Whatever changes are made, Rate My Teachers will continue to be used. However, this does not mean that there is no room for substantial improvement.

There are fundamental changes that will better support both parties involved: professors and their potential students. When used correctly, the Teacher Assessment Tool can give educators more insight to refine their teaching and help students find the perfect teacher for a course. Research on classroom assessments shows that professors` grades increase when students rate the course as easy. [10] The same relationship was demonstrated for RMP. In an article in the journal Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, Clayson examined what RMP actually evaluates, concluding that “students will give higher marks to teachers who deem them simple. There is also a suggestion in these results that if students like a teacher (for whatever reason), then ease of teaching becomes relatively irrelevant. [11] Clayson concluded that “the majority of evidence suggests that [ratemyprofessors.com] is distorted by a halo effect and produces what might more accurately be called the sympathy scale. Other analyses of PMP class ratings have reached similar conclusions,[12][13][14] and some have concluded that teacher attractiveness is also positively correlated with PMP assessment results. [15] Felton et al. rated RMP scores, noting that “the hotter and easier teachers are, the more likely they are to be considered good teachers.” [16] Rate My Professors is NOT the place to report dangerous, illegal or illegal behaviour. If you believe that you, another professor or student are in danger, we strongly recommend that you report these incidents directly to your campus authorities or local law enforcement agencies.

(For more information and resources, click here). Journalist Colleen Flaherty reports on faculty-related topics for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was a military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald near Fort Hood, Texas. Prior to that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English Literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, New York. She received her M.S.Ed. from the City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows Program. A crucial aspect of the site is that examiners are able to maintain anonymity, which theoretically allows students to be honest without fear of consequences. However, anonymity has several drawbacks, including the fact that individuals have no responsibility for what they say online.