Integrity Week 2015

Office of Student Conduct

The Office of Student Conduct (OSC)

At UC Merced, the Office of Student Conduct (OSC) oversees the student disciplinary system for reports of suspected student misconduct, both academic (e.g., cheating, plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration) and nonacademic (e.g., computer misuse, alcohol and other residence hall violations, theft, and conduct that threatens health and safety).

Our Statement of Purpose

The Office of Student Conduct supports the mission of the campus by upholding standards of academic excellence, promoting integrity and fairness, and confronting behaviors that impair the teaching and learning environment through the use of outreach, support and educational sanctions.

Our Mission

  • To facilitate student learning opportunities for ethical growth and development in connection with disciplinary, grievance, or conflict resolution processes;
  • To support the educational mission of UC Merced by supporting, publishing, enforcing, drafting and interpreting standards of behavior as they relate to policies and procedures;
  • To promote academic integrity and responsible conduct through outreach and education; and
  • To work to maintain a safe and orderly campus environment consistent with academic excellence, conducive to learning and fostering respect for others and for the university's work of teaching, research and service.

Our Functions and Services

  • Administer the student disciplinary system to ensure just and prompt resolution of alleged student misconduct;
  • Promote ethical growth and development of students involved in the discipline process and uphold standards of excellence;
  • Publish behavioral standards for students, conduct outreach and provide consultation regarding academic integrity and social responsibility, student discipline and grievance processes, promote campus awareness and discussion to prevent misconduct, and encourage integrity and ethical behavior;
  • With the Student Response Team, coordinate responses to high-risk or disruptive situations or individuals;
  • Provide information and assistance to students regarding grievance processes and student rights; respond to student grievances in a manner that fosters a climate of fairness, civility and mutual respect;
  • Review, revise and interpret campus policies pertaining to student responsibilities and rights, and maintain centralized and confidential student disciplinary records; and
  • Provide leadership opportunities for students in outreach, peer education and student discipline.

Adapted from the UC Davis Office of Student Judicial Affairs policies.

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.

When a Report is Made

How are students notified that they have been reported to OSC?

When a student is alleged to have violated the Code of Student Conduct (CSC), the student will receive an email from a Student Conduct Officer. This email will contain a Conduct letter in which the letter describes the possible codes that have been violated. Typically, the student will receive a meeting time to meet with a Conduct Officer to discuss the allegations and possible sanctions/outcomes if applicable.  

What should be done once a student receives an email notice that a report has been made to OSC?

Once a student has received an email notice from OSC, the student should respond to the email. Responding to the email will formalize a meeting time and date to discuss the allegations being brought against the student. This is the students opportunity to respond to the allegations prior to any decision being made with respect to a violation(s).

What if the student does not respond to the notice?

If the student does not respond to the notice, the student will loose their right to state their case to a Student Conduct Officer. The Student Conduct Officer may proceed with making a determination as to the findings and issue sanctions as applicable with out the students input.

What if the student is out of town, and cannot make a deadline for a meeting?

The student should email (studentconduct@ucmerced.edu) immediately in order to reschedule a meeting with the Student Conduct Officer.  If the student does not give notice of their absence, the Student Conduct officer may proceed with making a decision as to a violation(s) of the Code of Student Conduct absent the Student’s input.


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Meet our Staff

Associate Dean of Students for Student Rights and Responsibilities
Assistant Director, Student Rights and Responsibilities - Conduct and Integrity Programs