Standards of Conduct

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Grounds for Discipline and Standards of Conduct

University of California Policies Applying to Campus Activities, Organizations and Students (PACAOS), Issued and Effective March 1, 2019  

Chancellors may impose discipline for the commission or attempted commission (including aiding or abetting in the commission or attempted commission) of the following types of violations by students, as well as such other violations as may be specified in campus regulations:

  • 102.01

    All forms of academic misconduct including but not limited to cheating, fabrication, plagiarism or facilitating academic dishonesty.

  • 102.02

    Other forms of dishonesty including but not limited to fabricating information, furnishing false information or reporting a false emergency to the University.

  • 102.03

    Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any University document, record, key, electronic device or identification.

  • 102.04

    Theft of, conversion of, destruction of, or damage to any property of the University, or any property of others while on University premises, or possession of any property when the student had knowledge or reasonably should have had knowledge that it was stolen.

  • 102.05

    Theft or abuse of University computers and other University electronic resources such as computer and electronic communications facilities, systems and services. Abuses include (but are not limited to) unauthorized entry, use, transfer, or tampering with the communications of others; interference with the work of others and with the operation of computer and electronic communications facilities, systems and services; or copyright infringement (for example, the illegal file-sharing of copyrighted materials).

    Use of University computer and electronic communications facilities, systems, or services that violates other University policies or campus regulations.

    Please refer to the UC Electronic Communications Policy    and Digital Copyright Protection at UC for the University's position on digital copyright.

  • 102.06

    Unauthorized entry to, possession of, receipt of or use of any University services; equipment; resources; or properties, including the University's name, insignia, or seal.

  • 102.07

    Violation of policies, regulations, or rules governing University-owned, -operated or -leased housing facilities or other housing facilities located on University property.

  • 102.08

    Physical abuse including but not limited to physical assault; threats of violence; or other conduct that threatens the health or safety of any person.

  • 102.09

    Harassment, defined as conduct that is so severe and/or pervasive, and objectively offensive, and that so substantially impairs a person's access to University programs or activities that the person is effectively denied equal access to the University's resources and opportunities.

    Harassment includes, but is not limited to, conduct that is motivated on the basis of a person's race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identify, pregnancy, marital status, ancestry, service in the uniformed services, physical or mental disability, medical condition or perceived membership in any of these classifications. Pursuant to section 104.90, sanctions may be enhanced for conduct motivated on the basis of the above classifications.

    For cases of harassment on the basis of sex, see also UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment   and the UC Riverside Student Adjudication Procedures in Sexual Violence, Stalking and Sexual Harassment Cases.   

  • 102.10

    Stalking behavior in which a student repeatedly engages in a course of conduct directed at another person and makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her safety, or the safety of his or her family; where the threat is reasonably determined by the University to seriously alarm, torment or terrorize the person; and where the threat is additionally determined by the University to serve no legitimate purpose.

  • 102.11


  • 102.12

    Participation in hazing or any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a campus organization or other activity engaged in by the organization or members of the organization at any time that causes, or is likely to cause, physical injury or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in psychological harm to any student or other person.

  • 102.13

    Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures or other University activities.

  • 102.14

    Disorderly or lewd conduct.

  • 102.15

    Participation in a disturbance of the peace or unlawful assembly.

  • 102.16

    Failure to identify oneself to, or comply with the directions of, a University official or other public official acting in the performance of his or her duties while on University property or at official University functions; or resisting or obstructing such University or other public officials in the performance of or the attempt to perform their duties.

  • 102.17

    Unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, use, or sale of, or the attempted manufacture, distribution, dispensing, or sale of controlled substances, identified in federal and state law or regulations.

  • 102.18

    Manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, use, or sale of, or the attempted manufacture, distribution, dispensing, or sale of alcohol that is unlawful or otherwise prohibited by, or not in compliance with, University policy or campus regulations.

  • 102.19

    Possession, use, storage, or manufacture of explosives, firebombs or other destructive devices.

  • 102.20

    Possession, use, or manufacture of a firearm or other weapon as prohibited by campus regulations.

  • 102.21

    Violation of the conditions contained in the terms of a disciplinary action imposed under these Policies or campus regulations.

  • 102.22

    Violation of the conditions contained in a written Notice of Emergency Suspension issued pursuant to Section 53.00 of these Policies or violation of orders issued pursuant to Section 52.00 of these Policies during a declared state of emergency.

  • 102.23

    Selling, preparing, or distributing for any commercial purpose course lecture notes or video or audio recordings of any course unless authorized by the University in advance and explicitly permitted by the course instructor in writing. The unauthorized sale or commercial distribution of course notes or recordings by a student is a violation of these Policies whether or not it was the student or someone else who prepared the notes or recordings.

    Copying for any commercial purpose handouts, readers or other course materials provided by an instructor as part of a University of California course unless authorized by the University in advance and explicitly permitted by the course instructor or the copyright holder in writing (if the instructor is not the copyright holder).

  • 102.24

    Conduct, where the actor means to communicate a serious expression of intent to terrorize, or acts in reckless disregard of the risk of terrorizing, one or more University students, faculty or staff. 'Terrorize' means to cause a reasonable person to fear bodily harm or death, perpetrated by the actor or those acting under his/her control. 'Reckless disregard' means consciously disregarding a substantial risk. This section applies without regard to whether the conduct is motivated by race, ethnicity, personal animosity or other reasons. This section does not apply to conduct that constitutes the lawful defense of oneself, of another or of property.

  • 102.25

    Making a video recording, audio recording, taking photographs, or streaming audio/video of any person in a location where the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, without that person's knowledge and express consent.

    Looking through a hole or opening, into, or otherwise viewing, by means of any instrumentality, the interior of a private location without the subject's knowledge and express consent.

    Making a video recording, audio recording, or streaming audio/video of private, non-public conversations and/or meetings, without the knowledge and express consent of all recorded parties.

    These provisions do not extend to public events or discussions, nor to lawful official law or policy enforcement activities. These provisions may not be utilized to impinge upon the lawful exercise of constitutionally protected rights of freedom of speech or assembly.


    • "Express consent" is clear, unmistakable and voluntary consent that may be in written, oral or nonverbal form.
    • "Private locations" are settings where the person reasonably expected privacy. For example, in most cases the following are considered private locations: residential living quarters, bathrooms, locker rooms and personal offices.
    • "Private, non-public conversations and/or meetings" include any communication carried on in circumstances that reasonably indicate that any party wants the communication to be confined to the parties, but excludes a communication made in a public gathering, or in any other circumstance in which the parties to the communication may reasonably expect that the communication may be overheard or recorded.