Academic Dishonesty

Student Obligations

The value of an academic degree is based upon the reputation of the university. Tolerating academic misconduct ultimately harms that reputation. The Standards for Student Conduct require that students who witness academic dishonesty notify their instructor, department chair, or the Office of Student Conduct. Disciplinary sanctions can be imposed for "encouraging, permitting, or assisting another to do any act that could subject him or her to discipline" [Title 5, Article 2, Section 41301 (b) (20)].


What if a Professor accuses me of Cheating or Plagiarism?

If a professor or instructor accuses you of academic dishonesty, it is important that you be forthright and honest regarding the allegation. You should request that the professor or instructor discuss with you the allegation and provide any and all feedback regarding the allegation.


Secondly, keep in mind that there are two processes at work should you be accused of academic dishonesty:


  1. The professor has sole provence on grading. Meaning, if the professor believes you have acted in an academic dishonest manner on a paper/quiz/exam, he or she will assign you a grade appropriate for that transgression. Possible sanctions may include: retaking the test, assign a zero or "F" for that assignment or deduct points on the assignment.
  2. The professor or instructor may refer the matter to the Office of Student Conduct for further disciplinary action.


Please keep in mind that if a professor refers the matter to the OSC, our outcome on the matter has no bearing on the professor's final decision regarding grading.