Frequently Asked Questions for Students

If you're a UC Merced student, this is an excellent place to start. Read through the FAQ below. If you still have a concern, we'd be happy to address it.

Academic Integrity

How can a student find out if working with a student is permitted in class, and if so, how much?

Instructors (faculty, lecturers, TAs and so forth) should explain to students at the outset of a course and on the syllabus the behavior expected of them when taking examinations or preparing and submitting other course work. In some courses, instructors will announce that it is allowed for students to work together. In such cases, all students should write up their work independently of one another, unless explicit approval has been given to a common write-up. In this instance, students should write on their paper the names of other students with whom they have collaborated. (See Section 801.00)

Where can students go for help on how to cite sources properly?

The Bright Success Center hosts workshops on how to cite sources properly as well as the UC Merced librarians are more than willing to help students with any questions. (

Can a student still get in trouble even if they did not commit but helped facilitate the violations (i.e. provided answers to homework, exam, quiz, etc.)?

Students who participate in an act of collusion are subject to discipline for academic dishonesty. NO distinction is made between those who cheat or plagiarize and those who willingly facilitate cheating or plagiarism.

What if the student was not aware of the rules and did not mean to cause any wrongdoing?

Students are responsible for their actions, if at any point they are unsure they should refer to the Office of Student Conduct website and review the Student Handbook, specifically sections 600.00, 700.00, and 800.00.

What if a student catches an individual committing acts not in accordance with university rules but does not want the other student to know who reported the incident?  

While anonymous reports are accepted, such reports make it difficult to determine credibility of the reporting party and are less likely to be processed.