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How should a professor proceed when a student or colleague asks for a letter of recommendation and the professor does not have a high opinion of that person?

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Although it may be quite awkward, it is certainly acceptable to tell the student/colleague that you do not feel you can write a strong LoR for them, and to suggest that they ask someone else. This may seem rude or even unkind, but it's much better for the student/colleague in the long run than a lukewarm or poor letter.