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Office of Student Conduct

Office of Student Conduct

Office: KL 184

Phone: 209-228-5433 Fax: 209-228-7618

Email: studentconduct@ucmerced.edu

 

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05/11/2016

Our goal is to give students better access to information and automation when communicating with our office. We've added a lot of support for informative services by adding a FAQ section and a registration system to allow students to register for our events. This will allow us to keep track of things more easily. Feel free to browse our website and get familiar with the contents. Email us with any questions you may have about our site at studentconduct@ucmerced.edu.


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.

The Informal Discipline Process

What is an Informal Dispositional Meeting (IDM)?

Informal disposition means resolution without a formal hearing, usually by agreement between the student and Student Conduct Officer. Informal disposition can also include unilateral conduct action if a student fails to participate in the conduct process. (See Section 603.20)

What happens at the first meeting between the Student Conduct Officer and the student?

The allegations and possible rules violations are discussed and the student has the opportunity to respond to the charges before a decision is reached. This occurs after the Student Conduct process and procedures are reviewed with the student.

Does the Student Conduct Officer determine whether or not the student violated University policies or the campus code of Student Conduct rules during the first meeting?

Not necessarily, but in a majority of the cases, yes. The Student Conduct Officer has the option of consulting with the reporting party or other witnesses before reaching an agreement with the student or otherwise resolving the case informally.

What is the “Formal Hearing Waiver” the student signs during the first disciplinary meeting?

A formal hearing waiver is a document that ensures the student understands and takes responsibility for the violations he/she has agreed to. By signing this document the student is accepting the disciplinary action and sanctions listed on the form, waving their right to a formal hearing and resolving the matter informally.

What if a case cannot be resolved informally?

If an agreement cannot be made regarding the facts and or sanction, the student and the Student Conduct Officer may agree to have the case resolved by Appeal or Formal Hearing.

What if the student is afraid that admitting the violation will ruin his/her college career?

The Office of Student Conduct encourages student to act in an ethical manner, and accept responsibility for his/her actions.

Will the Student Conduct office inform the student’s parents about the case?        

No. The Office of Student Conduct will not contact a student’s parent(s) regarding a conduct matter without the student’s consent.

Some students feel stressed after being reported to the Office of Student Conduct? Is there someone the student can talk to anonymously to get help and advice?

Concerned students can be directed to the Office of Ombuds Services located in SSB 211. The Ombuds Office is designed to serve as a safe, confidential, neutral and informal place to discuss your concerns.

What if the student did not commit the violation he/she has been accused of?

If a student is able to provide a plausible explanation for the circumstances that led to the allegation and if there is evidence to support that claim, the matter will likely be dropped. However, if the student denies the allegation, and in the judgment of the Student Conduct Officer, there is evidence indicating that the student is responsible, the Student Conduct Officer may refer that matter to a hearing.

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Meet our Staff

Associate Dean of Students for Campus Life and Director of Student Life and Conduct
Assistant Director for Student Life, Conduct and Integrity Programs
Coordinator, Fraternity and Sorority Life and Student Conduct
2016-2017 OSC Intern, Human Biology Major
2016-2018 OSC Intern, Mechanical Engineering Major