Student conduct at UC Davis is governed by the UC Davis Policy on Student Conduct and Discipline, which contains our Code of Academic Conduct. The Policy on Student Conduct and Discipline provides the standards that students are expected to uphold and the process that the University follows when those standards may have been violated.
The UC Davis Code of Academic Conduct, adopted in 1976, builds upon an earlier, student "Honor Spirit". This spirit directs students to behave honestly, fairly, and with respect for others in all their academic endeavors. Our Code is considered a "modified honor code" because it assigns responsibility for maintaining academic integrity to students, faculty, and the administration, and each of these groups has specific responsibilities with respect to this endeavor.
The Office of Student Support and Judicial Affairs (OSSJA) represents the administration, and is delegated to administer the student discipline system, promote academic integrity and enforce standards of conduct that aim to create a learning environment that is fair and equitable for all students.
The student members of the Campus Judicial Board work with OSSJA to uphold academic integrity and to promote responsible conduct. Although addressing misconduct and serving on formal hearing panels are difficult tasks for students, research shows that the attitude of student peers — and whether they condemn or condone cheating — are crucial in creating a campus climate that supports academic integrity. This is why CJB service and outreach efforts are so important.
The Role of Students under our Code of Academic Conduct
The Code of Academic Conduct makes it clear that students are equal partners with faculty and OSSJA in upholding academic integrity on our campus. Under the Code, student responsibilities include:
● Behaving honestly, fairly, and with integrity in all their academic work.
● Desisting from behaviors that are disruptive or unfair.
● Taking group as well as individual responsibility for academic integrity.
● Reporting any academic misconduct they see or learn about to their instructor, TA or OSSJA.
● Ensuring that they understand ethical standards for academic work, including the rules regarding plagiarism: how to quote and cite material they use from sources and how to paraphrase correctly. Students must also be aware of class rules about whether they are permitted to work with others on graded coursework, and if so, to what extent. If students have questions about the rules or standards that apply in their course, it is their responsibility to contact their faculty or OSSJA. Ignorance of the rules is not considered a valid excuse.
OSSJA Services for Students
- OSSJA administers the student disciplinary system with respect for the rights and welfare of the accused students, the reporting parties, and the UC Davis community as a whole. Discipline procedures protect students' right to due process, equal treatment, and privacy. OSSJA maintains confidential, centralized records of conduct cases so that violations are handled consistently and so that repeat offenders are sanctioned accordingly.
- OSSJA offers students the opportunity to resolve reports of suspected misconduct through an informal process of discussion and agreement that facilitates student learning. If agreement cannot be reached, a fact-finding hearing is scheduled before the student-faculty Campus Judicial Board. After hearing evidence, the CJB determines whether it is more likely than not a violation occurred. OSSJA tries to provide trained student advisors to both parties if a formal hearing is necessary.
- OSSJA uses procedures and sanctions designed to enhance the ethical, intellectual, and emotional growth and development of students. Students who breach the Code of Academic Conduct are encouraged to seek assistance or training through resources such as the Student Academic Success Center in order to avoid similar problems in the future. Students may also be referred for counseling through Student Health and Counseling Services or the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Intervention Services.
- OSSJA provides students with educational materials (including this website) to promote academic integrity and responsible conduct. OSSJA publishes the Code of Academic Conduct and the UC Davis Policies on Student Conduct and Discipline to inform students of their responsibilities and rights.
- OSSJA helps to support and maintain academic excellence and and a civil campus environment by enforcing student conduct standards and administering the student disciplinary system.
- OSSJA provides leadership opportunities for students to take an active role in promoting integrity and responsible conduct through the CJB.
- OSSJA provides non-clinical case management services to assist students in distress.
- OSSJA provides consultation, information, advice, and assistance to students regarding their rights and student grievance processes.
Edited 10/18/2017 by djd