Academic integrity is essential to preserve the integrity and excellence of a UC Davis education. Under the UC Davis Code of Academic Conduct, faculty and students share responsibility for encouraging academic honesty. Faculty must report violations because centralized reporting is essential for fair and impartial administration of the Code of Academic Conduct and to ensure that repeat offenders are identified and penalized accordingly. OSSJA has responsibility for administering student discipline on campus, by delegation of authority from the Chancellor.
What if you have suspicions:
If you suspect academic misconduct, gather the available information and documents. If possible, discuss your concerns with the student(s) involved before referring to see if the student can explain what happened. In talking to students:
-Use a non-confrontational approach (don't accuse or blame); avoid labeling
the student a "cheater" or "plagiarist"
-Tell the student you have questions about the work (e.g., the student's test has answers to a different version of the exam) and that because of these questions, you will refer the case to OSSJA for review, as required by campus rules
-Caution students that they don't have to say anything, but if they do respond, they must tell the truth; providing false information to you or in the discipline process is a separate violation
Explain that the OSSJA process is informal and fair, and reassure the student that he will have a full opportunity to tell his side - if no agreement can be reached, a formal hearing is held.
Contact OSSJA if you have questions about the process or whether you should report the incident.
When to report:
If the student denies responsibility and you are persuaded that there was no academic misconduct, that ends the matter. If, however, the student admits the violation, or if the student denies the misconduct but you still have suspicions, refer the matter to OSSJA. Referrals to OSSJA for suspected student misconduct must be sent to OSSJA within 30 business days after the end of the quarter in which the alleged misconduct was discovered.
How to report:
You can file reports online.
Where to report:
Please utilize the public report form above. If you are unable to submit electronically, you can also deliver or mail reports to Room 3200 Dutton Hall, 752-1128. . Please mark all referrals "Confidential."
What happens when you report a student?
Once OSSJA receives a written report, the student is informed by email of the referral and instructed to make an appointment to meet with OSSJA to discuss the case. At this appointment, the student is provided with information about the disciplinary process and the reasons for the referral, and given an opportunity to respond. OSSJA will let you know the student's response. If the student admits responsibility, possible resolutions are discussed separately with the student and with you. Neither you nor any student witness will become involved in a formal hearing unless you so choose. In the vast majority of cases, the student admits the violation and the case is resolved through this informal process with the student signing a written contract admitting a violation and accepting sanctions and educational assignments. OSSJA will keep you informed of the progress of the case, and will consult with you before reaching an agreement with the student.
What about the student's grade?
Under Academic Senate Regulation 550 faculty may assign a grade of "0" or "F" to the examination or assignment on which cheating, plagiarism or other academic dishonesty has been either admitted or proven after a hearing. If the matter involves an admitted or proven violation of the Code of Academic Conduct which is unfair or negligent but not dishonest (e.g. talking during an exam, roving eyes, or having notes visible, but no sharing or copying of answers), faculty may assign an appropriate grade penalty. No grade penalty may be imposed until the student admits misconduct or is found in violation after a hearing.
What if grades must be submitted before the student's case is resolved?
If a disciplinary matter remains unresolved at the end of the quarter, submit a grade of "Y" for the student on the grade report form. Once the student meets with OSSJA, the matter is resolved by agreement or hearing, OSSJA will notify you and provide directions and a form for reporting the final grade to the Registrar. The instructor will assign an appropriate grade, fills out the form, and send the final course grade to the Office of the Registrar.
What if the student doesn't respond to OSSJA?
If the student doesn't respond, holds are placed on his/her records
What discipline is imposed?
If the student admits the violation, the informal process includes sanctions, usually ranging from disciplinary probation to dismissal. Although students generally are not removed from the University for first -time violations, they may be suspended or dismissed in aggravated cases involving premeditation, conspiracy, theft of another's work, or other egregious academic dishonesty. For repeat violations, suspension or dismissal is imposed. Suspension and dismissal are noted on transcripts, and records are retained indefinitely. Other sanctions do not appear on transcripts, but disciplinary files are maintained until graduation. All disciplinary records are confidential. The discipline imposed is designed to help the student learn from the experience, to promote fairness and honesty, and to uphold UC Davis' high academic standards. Students are often referred to campus resources such as the Student Academic Success Center or Student Health and Counseling Services to help ensure that they do not repeat their misconduct.
What if the student denies the violation?
If the student denies the violation, you may choose to have the matter
decided by a formal hearing. You will be consulted before any decision is made
to dismiss a case or refer it for hearing. Only a small number of cases
require formal hearings before student-faculty panels which determine whether
there is enough evidence to find that a violation occurred.
Last Updated: March 2017