A student copied homework from Stack Overflow. If possible - can a staff member give us his e-mail address so we can contact that individual?

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    Does this answer your question? Under what circumstances will Stack Exchange, Inc. share private/sensitive information with the press? - private information is not shared.
    – Rob
    Apr 26, 2021 at 18:21
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    This question is somewhat odd, if they are your student, then presumably you already possess their contact details. If you mean that you need to know if they wrote the stack-overflow post then ask them. It seems unlikely that a legitimate programming-teacher would be unfamiliar with well-established privacy laws regarding internet sites. This strikes me as less than legitimate. Most likely a recruitment agency's crude attempt at social engineering to get a client.
    – W.O.
    Apr 26, 2021 at 20:19
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    -Cont. or a scammer. Certainly not a teacher.
    – W.O.
    Apr 26, 2021 at 20:26
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    In addition to what Ant said, if they copied something from SO and they didn't ask it, what would make you think there's even a record of it. You can't track people not logged on that are copying content Apr 26, 2021 at 21:16
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    @ARogueAnt. You'd be surprised how many universities ask for whatever information we can provide on a student. We probably get more of them for our Maths site than for Stack overflow even. Think of it like collecting as much incriminating evidence as possible to build a case in a court room. One piece of evidence may not be enough to prove who it was, but multiple data points can certainly eliminate any doubt. Either way, we would never give out this information.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Apr 27, 2021 at 1:05
  • @animuson Fair enough, I had no idea, guess I was just reasoning in a vacuum.
    – W.O.
    Apr 27, 2021 at 7:35

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No. We do not assist in academic dishonesty investigations, as providing any information about a user that is not available on their profile would violate our Privacy Policy. If you are investigating a student, you will need to do so without assistance from us.

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