Academic Honesty/Faculty Responsibilities

Academic honesty is an important part of the integrity of the University's education. According to the UC Davis Code of Academic Conduct, all members of the academic community are responsible for the academic integrity of the UC Davis campus. The Office of Student Support and Judicial Affairs is designated to address incidents of academic misconduct. The following policies and guidelines apply to faculty.

Examinations in any course on the Davis campus may be monitored only when deemed necessary by the instructor.

A grade of “0” or “F” may be given for any examination or assignment submitted by a student to satisfy course requirements if cheating, plagiarism, or any form of academic dishonesty is admitted to have occurred, or is determined by proper adjudication to have occurred, in performance of the work. If the student admits or is determined after adjudication to have committed a violation of the Code of Academic Conduct which does not involve dishonesty, the faculty member may assign an appropriate grade penalty for the misconduct.

Any contested accusation of cheating, plagiarism, or other violation of the Code of Academic Conduct in an examination or assignment submitted by a student to satisfy course requirements shall be adjudicated by a faculty-student committee appointed by the Chief Campus Officer in consultation with the Davis Division Committee on Committees.

Whether admitted or not, any case in which the instructor has substantial suspicions of student misconduct should be reported by the instructor to the Office of Student Support and Judicial Affairs.

(source: Regulations of the Davis Division of the Academic Senate, 550 (A, C, & D)).

Reports of suspected academic misconduct may be submitted to the Office of Student Support and  Judicial Affairs.

For any questions about addressing or reporting academic misconduct, a faculty member should contact Student Support and Judicial Affairs at 530-752-1128 or sja@ucdavis.edu.

If a matter referred to the Office of Student Support and Judicial Affairs has not been resolved by the time final grades are due, a grade of “Y” should be submitted for the student(s) in question. When the matter is concluded, Student Support and Judicial Affairs will send the referring faculty member a form for reporting the final grade.

The Code of Academic Conduct offers the following recommendations for faculty on means for maintaining a spirit of integrity and academic honesty as required by Regulation 550.

  • Clearly inform students of course and grading requirements and of standards of scholarship and conduct to be observed on assignments.
  • Use examination formats that discourage academic misconduct.
  • In cooperation with the administration (campus, college and department), try to minimize problems arising from crowded examination conditions. Alternate seating should be provided during examinations when possible.
  • Call attention to the Code of Academic Conduct and take other steps to reinforce a sense of honesty and integrity in students.
  • Tell students how to report violations of the Code.
  • Monitor examinations. A monitor is an individual (instructor, teaching assistant or designated student) who is present in the room during examinations to answer students’ questions and to assist students in their efforts to follow the Code of Academic Conduct. A monitor who observes students violating the Code can tell them to cease, record their names, and report them to the Office of Student Support and Judicial Affairs. Students cannot be prevented from completing an examination simply because it is suspected that they have cheated.
  • Use grades to evaluate academic performance, not as punishment for unethical behavior. Under Regulation 550, a grade of 0 or F may be assigned to examinations or assignments on which cheating, plagiarism or any other form of academic dishonesty is admitted or determined to have occurred by proper adjudication. If the student admits or is determined after adjudication to have committed a violation of the Code of Academic Conduct that does not involve dishonesty, the faculty member may assign an appropriate grade penalty for the misconduct.