UCI Office of Academic Integrity & Student Conduct

Academic Integrity Procedures

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Academic Integrity Procedures

UCI Academic Senate Procedures for Resolution of Cases of Academic Integrity Policy Violations

Academic Integrity Information for Faculty/Staff

What Happens if I've Been Reported?

Please follow the instructions in your Notification Letter. Students who are reported for allegedly violating the Academic Integrity Policy have the option of requesting a meeting with the Office of Academic Integrity & Student Conduct (OAISC). 

Students who have been reported to OAISC for policy violations are encouraged to reach out to the resources listed in your Notification Letter:

Office of the Ombuds:
The Office of the Ombuds provides a safe place to discuss complaints, concerns or problems. The Ombuds acts as an independent, informal, impartial, and confidential resource. The office can assist any student or faculty involved, by helping them understand their rights, and explaining policies and procedures.

For more information about the Office of the Ombuds, please visit www.ombuds.uci.edu. To schedule a meeting with the Office of the Ombuds, please call (949)824-7256.

Disability Services Center: If you have disability-related needs and wish to request reasonable accommodations, please let our office know and we will connect you to the Disability Services Center (DSC), or contact DSC at: (949) 824-7494 or in-person at Continuing Education 3, Bldg #234 Pereira Drive Irvine, CA 92697-5250.

Academic Integrity & Student Conduct Peer Advisors: Peer Advisors assist students in navigating the process for resolving Academic Integrity Policy Violations. They are available to provide proactive education to students who have been notified of an alleged policy violation. Peer Advisors can explain the components of the Academic Integrity process including the notification letter, the administrative meeting process, the standard of evidence used in investigations and an overview of possible sanction options. Please note that the Peer Advisor’s role is to help, assist, and support the student. The role of the Peer Advisors is not to act as a spokesperson, advocate, or defense counsel for the student.

Schedule a meeting with an OAISC Peer Advisor

Procedures for Resolving Academic Integrity Policy Violations

You can view a flowchart of the Process for Resolving Academic Integrity Policy Violations on our website.

Meeting and Outcome:

If you are reported for allegedly violating the Academic Integrity Policy, you have the option to attend an Administrative Meeting via Zoom with a representative from the Office of Academic Integrity & Student Conduct to review the information related to the incident and respond to the allegations. You have ten instructional days from the date of the Notification Letter to schedule an Administrative Meeting. The Notification Letter will include the deadline to schedule an Administrative Meeting. You are encouraged to call as soon as possible as appointments book up quickly.

If you choose not to attend a meeting, the OAISC staff member assigned to your case will review the information without the benefit of your information. OAISC may also follow up with the course instructor and/or other witnesses.

The “Preponderance of Evidence” is the standard used to determine if a student is responsible for the allegations of policy violations. A student or student organization is not responsible for violating the Code of Student Conduct or the Academic Integrity Policy unless evidence suggests that it is was more likely than not a policy was violated. 

If it is determined that a policy violation has occurred based on the preponderance of the evidence, sanctions will be imposed. Information about sanctions can be found below and on the OAISC website - FAQ. 

Appeal:

Appeals of academic integrity decisions are processed through the Academic Integrity Review Board (AIRB) of the UCI Academic Senate. Your Academic Integrity Decision Letter includes an individual link, for you to submit ypur written appeal. For additional information see the Procedures for Resolution of Cases of Academic Integrity Policy Violations §V. The Hearing Phase.

An appeal must be based on one or more of the following grounds:

  1. New evidence which could not be adduced earlier which is likely to change the results;
  2. Violation of due process; or
  3. An imposed sanction that is too harshe given the findings of fact.

A student must submit an appeal in writing, clearly articulate the ground(s) you are appealing, include all supporting information, and be submitted, within ten (10) business days, from the date of the Academic Integrity Decision Letter. The student will be afforded two options, refer to §V11. Hearings.

Option AIf you submit an appeal for an outcome of warning, probation and educational sanctions, the AIRB will limit its review to the written documentation you provide, your appeal letter, and the written documentation provided by the OAISC. You will not attend an appeal hearing.

Option B: If you submit an appeal for an outcome of suspension or dismissal, the request is to hear the case from the beginning; you will be present and have the opportunity to present to the hearing panel.  Following receipt of your appeal letter, the AIRB will schedule a hearing. Students are allowed to have an advisor, please see Support Person/Advisor Guidelines.

Possible Sanctions:

The Office of Academic Integrity & Student Conduct may assign sanctions for Academic Integrity Policy Violations. Some of these sanctions are listed below:

  • Educational Opportunities (e.g., workshop attendance, online tutorial, resource follow up/consultation)
  • Warning
  • Disciplinary probation
    • While on disciplinary probation, students may continue taking classes but may be restricted from other activities and campus privileges. Violating the terms of the probation may result in further disciplinary action, usually suspension.
    Suspension
    • While on suspension, students may not take any classes at UCI or through UCI extension. Students will have a notation of the suspension placed on their transcript for the duration of the suspension.
  • Dismissal
    • When dismissed from the University, students will receive a permanent notation of the dismissal on their transcript. Students may not participate in any campus activities after they have been dismissed.