Faculty members are expected to instill in their students a respect for integrity and a desire to behave honestly. Deception for individual gain is an offense against the members of the university community. To this end, faculty will take measures to discourage dishonesty, adjust grades appropriately if dishonesty is discovered, and recommend that additional administrative sanctions be considered. Grading policies are the exclusive prerogative of faculty. Non-academic administrative sanctions are the province of the Student Disciplinary Officer within the university's Student Affairs division; Tel. 510-885-3763.
If there is evidence of dishonesty:
Whenever dishonesty occurs, your instructor will take appropriate action and file an "Academic Dishonesty Incident Report" detailing the infraction and the action taken. The report will be filed in the Academic Affairs Office, and you will receive a copy. The report will remain on file for five years or until you graduate, whichever comes first. If the office receives two or more reports on an individual, the Director of Student Conduct, Rights and Responsibilities (DSCRR) is notified.
Depending on the circumstances, you may: (a) be warned; (b) be required to resubmit work or retake an exam under specified conditions and with a possible grade penalty; (c) have your grade adjusted for the assignment; or (d) have your grade adjusted in the course, including assignment of an "F" at the discretion of the faculty. If the course grade is adjusted, it is not subject to Grade Forgiveness.
You may appeal an instructor's action to the Grade Appeal and Academic Grievance Committee (see the Grade Appeal policy webage). Your appeal of an instructor's academic sanction is governed by the "Grade Appeal and Academic Grievance Document."
Depending upon the severity of the offense or the number of offenses, the instructor may directly refer the instance of academic dishonesty to the DSCRR to determine if further action is necessary. (In any instance of academic dishonesty, however, whereby an academic sanction is imposed, the instructor will file an "Academic Dishonesty Incident Report." See three paragraphs above.) At the discretion of the DSCRR, administrative sanctions such as warning, probation, suspension, or expulsion may be imposed. As prescribed in Executive Order 970, Article V. Sanctions, paragraph 5 entitled Record Discipline, "Probation is entered on a student's transcript, with its beginning and end date, for the period of time that the probation is in effect. Suspension is entered on the student's transcript, with the beginning and end date, for the period of time that the suspension is in effect, but remains on the transcript permanently if the suspension is for longer than one academic year." Expulsion is entered on the student's transcript permanently along with the date it takes effect. (If an appeal to the Grade Appeal and Academic Grievance Committee regarding an academic sanction imposed by the instructor is pending, action by the Student Disciplinary Officer will be postponed until after the adjudication of the appeal.)
The complete text of Title 5, section 41301 of the California Code of Regulations and of Chancellor's Executive Order 970 can be accessed on the Student Conduct, Rights and Responsibilities website.