Conduct Process

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The Basics

You will get an email and/or letter.
If you are referred for misconduct, you will get an email and/or letter outlining the alleged violations. 

You will meet with us. 
You will have a chance to respond to the allegations of misconduct at a series of review meetings. 

Sanctions may be assigned. 
After the meetings, we (or a committee) will determine if you violated policies and assign sanctions as needed. 

You have rights.
At any time during the process, you have the right to an advisor

The conduct process is based on the Administration of the Standards of Conduct.
For full details of the conduct process, please see the Administration of the Standards of Conduct (and see below).  


I have been accused of academic misconduct. What will happen?

  • First, your instructor will notify you of the alleged misconduct (with evidence), in person or in writing.
  • Your instructor will report the alleged misconduct to us.
  • If you accept responsibility, your instructor will assign a grade penalty. If you deny responsibility, your instructor will assign a “GD” (Grade Delay) placeholder.
  • We will send you an email and/or letter, schedule a meeting with you and check your disciplinary history.
  • If this is a typical first-time violation, we will handle the case directly, and set up a review meeting to determine if you violated a policy.
  • If it is a repeat, egregious or complex violation, we will refer your case to the College Academic Integrity Committee (AIC) after an initial review meeting. They will contact you to schedule review meetings, make a determination, assign sanctions and so on. You can also come to a helpful Pre-Committee Conference meeting that explains what will take place during the AIC Review.
  • Once the meetings are over and a determination has been made, you and your instructor will be notified (via email) of the decision and your assigned disciplinary sanctions (if applicable). 
  • If you were assigned a GD, your instructor will update it and assign a grade based on our decision.

I have been accused of social misconduct. What will happen?

  • We will review the report and determine whether or not action is warranted.
  • If action is warranted, we will send you a Notice to Appear for Administrative Review letter and email that includes:
    • A summary of the incident
    • The alleged policy violation
    • The deadline to schedule an administrative review
    • Where to find information about UCR policies and procedures
  • If the alleged misconduct is especially disruptive or your presence on campus may be threatening to anyone, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs may impose an interim suspension.
  • You must call our office to schedule an administrative review of the incident. You will have the opportunity to respond to allegations at this review meeting.
  • If you are found not responsible, decision letters will be sent to all parties and no further action will be taken.
  • If you are found responsible, we will assign disciplinary sanctions that you must complete before a deadline.
  • If the misconduct is serious or repetitive, it may result in suspension or dismissal. We refer extreme cases to the Student Conduct Committee for a formal review. They will set up meetings with you and assign sanctions, etc.