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Academic Integrity Policies & Procedures   

Academic Integrity Policies & Procedures

As a respected research institution, UCR values academic integrity. UCR students should uphold that value, and avoid academic misconduct and its consequences. 

What is academic misconduct?

Academic misconduct is any act that improperly distorts (or could distort) a student’s grades or other academic records.

Guidelines & Definitions

These guidelines and definitions are paraphrased and not exhaustive. For complete official explanations, please see the Academic Senate policies. For defintions and examples, see Academic Integrity Definitions and Examples.

Be Honest

Don’t cheat. Cheating is being dishonest in order to complete an academic assignment. It is also using, attempting to use, or helping others to use prohibited materials (such as unauthorized notes, completed tests, etc.) to complete an academic assignment.


Do Your Own Work

Don’t copy. Plagiarism is appropriating another person's ideas, processes, results or words, without giving them proper credit.


Don't Help Someone Else Cheat

Don’t do someone’s work for them. Facilitating academic dishonesty includes taking an exam for someone or providing coursework to them.


Get Permission Before You Work Together

Ask first. Unauthorized collaboration is working with others without instructor permission on assignments that will be graded. This applies to in-class or take-home tests, papers, labs and/or homework assignments.


Conduct Ethical Research

Comply with research regulations applying to human subjects, laboratory animals and standards of safety.


Report Real Results

Don’t fake results. Fabrication is making up data/results and recording/reporting them. This includes falsifying documents and/or testimony during an investigation.


Be Respectful

Don’t destroy work. Interference or sabotage is damaging or removing another student's work and/or UCR materials or systems.


Don't Retaliate

Retaliation is retribution against someone who reported your alleged academic misconduct (and has not acted in bad faith).

What happens if I commit academic misconduct?

Academic misconduct results in two types of sanctions:

  • You will receive a grade penalty.
    Your instructor will assign a grade penalty appropriate for your misconduct. Consequences vary and can range from failing an assignment to losing course credit.
  • You will receive a disciplinary sanction.
    We will assign you a disciplinary sanction appropriate for your misconduct. Consequences vary and can range from completing an educational activity to suspension or dismissal.


To learn more about how UCR addresses academic misconduct, please see Reporting Academic Misconduct, Sanctions and the official Academic Senate procedures.


Academic Integrity Definitions and Examples
Print an Academic Integrity Faculty Brochure.
Print an Academic Integrity Student Brochure.


More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Student Conduct and Academic Integrity Programs
111 Costo Hall

Tel: (951) 827-4208
Fax: (951) 827-7849
E-mail: conduct@ucr.edu