Re: Ethics of editing theses

Subject: Re: Ethics of editing theses
From: Gary Merrill <sasghm -at- UNX -dot- SAS -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 1995 18:06:38 GMT

In article <1995Dec4 -dot- 212643 -dot- 21036 -at- pmafire -dot- inel -dot- gov>, Nancy Hayes
<nancyh -at- PMAFIRE -dot- INEL -dot- GOV> writes:

|> Sorry for venting, but I just find it ironic that we would allow a
|> student to go to an editor on undergrad papers, allow professional
|> authors to go to editors on published documents, but tell a grad student,
|> "Sorry, you're on your own."

Two points:

First, with respect to the undergraduate student, this is done
within a context of teaching and learning. The student is still
progressing through a program and such editing very clearly
serves the role of additional instruction (at least in the
sort of cases you have described). For the graduate student
fininshing a thesis or dissertation, this is not the case.
With respect to the program at least, the time for learning
and being tutored is over. It is time to demonstrate one's
competence. So I do believe that there is a significant
disanalogy here, though I also have sympathy with your

Second, what was most distressing in the original posting
on this matter was the use of the term "rewriting" which,
given its normal semantics, I take to go *way* beyond
the sort of editing that is at issue.

Gary H. Merrill [Principal Systems Developer, Compiler and Tools Division]
SAS Institute Inc. / SAS Campus Dr. / Cary, NC 27513 / (919) 677-8000
sasghm -at- theseus -dot- unx -dot- sas -dot- com ... !mcnc!sas!sasghm

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