Academic Integrity Procedures
Academic Integrity Procedures
Click here for the full text of the Procedures for Resolution of Cases of Academic Integrity Policy Violations.
Click here for academic integrity information for faculty and staff.
What Happens if I've Been Reported?
Please follow the instructions in your Notification Letter. Students who are charged with violating the Academic Integrity Policy have the option of requesting a meeting with the Office of Academic Integrity & Student Conduct. Please click here for the full text of the UCI Academic Senate Procedures for Resolving Academic Integrity Policy Violations.
Students who have been reported for Academic Integrity Policy Violations are encouraged to reach out to the resources available to them:
Office of the Ombudsman: The Office of the Ombudsman provides a safe place to discuss complaints, concerns or problems. The Ombudsman acts as an independent, informal, impartial, and confidential resource. The intervention of the ombudsman may be requested by the student or faculty involved in the process. The office can assist both parties by:
- Helping the student understand his or her rights.
- Helping faculty with any questions that he or she may have relative to the student contesting the assigned grade.
- Explaining or clarifying policies and procedures.
- Advocating for a fair process.
For more information about the Office of the Ombudsman, please visit www.ombuds.uci.edu.
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. To schedule a meeting with an Academic Integrity & Student Conduct Peer Advisor, please click here.
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 Decision:
If you are reported for allegedly violating the Academic Integrity Policy, you have the option of meeting with an administrator in the Office of Academic Integrity & Student Conduct to discuss the incident. Though this meeting is optional, if you do not attend, the administrator will made a determination of responsibility based on the information available to them. This decision is made based on the preponderance of the evidence.
If you do attend the meeting, the administrator will discuss the allegation with you and may choose to further investigate your case by discussing the incident with the faculty member and/or other witnesses If you are found to have violated the Academic Integrity Policy, you may be assigned a sanction. Sanctions range from educational sanctions to dismissal from the University. For a more complete list of possible sanctions, please click here. In all cases, if you are found responsible, a record of the violation will be entered into your file with the Office of Academic Integrity & Student Conduct.
Appeals of academic integrity decisions made by the Office of Academic Integrity & Student Conduct are processed through the Academic Integrity Review Board of the UCI Academic Senate. More information about the Academic Integrity Review Board process can be found on the UCI Academic Senate website.
- If you choose to appeal an outcome, your appeal must be based on one or more of the following grounds:
- You feel that your due process rights were violated
- You have new evidence that was not available at the time of the meeting
- You feel that the sanction imposed is too harsh.
- Your appeal letter must indicate the ground(s) on which you are basing your appeal.
- If you are appealing on grounds that you have new evidence that was not available at the time of the meeting, you will be expected to provide the new evidence at the time you send your appeal letter. All new evidence must be reviewed prior to the date of the scheduled appeal.
- Please note: personal circumstances that may be affected as a result of a sanction will not be considered under the “sanction imposed is too harsh” appeal category. Only incident information and outcome will be considered, not external circumstances.
If you submit an appeal for an outcome of suspension or dismissal, please note that your appeal letter will serve as the grounds for a hearing before the AIRB of the UCI Academic Senate. Following receipt of your appeal letter, the AIRB will schedule your appeal hearing, during which you and the OAISC will have the opportunity to present your case to the board, in its entirety, from the beginning.
If you submit an appeal for an outcome that does not include a suspension or dismissal, i.e. a warning, disciplinary probation, and/or 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.
The Office of Academic Integrity & Student Conduct may assign sanctions for Academic Integrity Policy Violations. Some of these sanctions are listed below:
- Educational sanction (e.g., requirement to attend a workshop or consultation)
- 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 (1-3 quarters)
- 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.
- 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.