Academic Integrity Polices & 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. 

To learn more about how UCR addresses academic misconduct, please see the official policy and procedures at Academic Integrity for Students at the University of California, Riverside, as well as Reporting Academic Misconduct, and Sanction Information.

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 Section 06.03 Types of Academic Misconduct found in Academic Integrity for Students at the University of California, Riverside. For further definitions and examples, see Academic Integrity Definitions.


  • Cheating

    Fraud, deceit, or dishonesty in an academic assignment, or using or attempting to use materials, or assisting others in using materials that are prohibited or inappropriate in the context of the academic assignment in question.

  • Fabrication

    Making up data or results and recording or reporting them, including laboratory or field research results. In the context of student academic integrity, this also includes falsifying academic or university documents, and providing false information or testimony in connection with any investigation or hearing under this policy.

  • Plagiarism

    The appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit. This includes the copying of language, structure, or ideas of another and attributing (explicitly or implicitly) the work to one's own efforts. Plagiarism means using another's work without giving credit.

  • Facilitating Academic Misconduct

    Assisting another in violating the policy of Academic Integrity, such as taking an exam for another student or providing coursework for another student to turn in as his or her own effort.

  • Unauthorized Collaboration

    Working with others without the specific permission of the instructor on assignments that will be submitted for a grade. This applies to in-class or take-home tests, papers, labs, or homework assignments. Students may not collaborate without faculty authorization.

  • Interference or Sabotage

    Damaging, removing, or otherwise harming another student's work or university materials and systems to affect the academic performance of others.

  • Failure to Comply with Research Regulations

    Failure to comply with research regulations such as those applying to human subjects, laboratory animals, and standards of safety. 

  • Retaliation

    Retaliation of any kind against a person who reported or provided information about suspected or alleged misconduct and who 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.