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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.

Formal Hearing Procedures

When does the Office of Student Conduct schedule a formal fact-finding hearing?

A formal fact-finding hearing is scheduled when the accused student is not in agreement with the allegations set forth by the student conduct officer and sanctions recommended are at the  Suspension or Dismissal level. The goal of the formal-fact hearing is to find the truth through a fair, prompt and effective process, respecting and preserving the rights of the accused student, the University community, the reporting party and any witnesses.

What happens during a formal hearing?

Based upon the potential severity of sanctions OSC may refer a case for formal hearing. The student may waive this right if they prefer to utilize the informal process. A formal conduct hearing, consistent with the University’s educational mission, is a process whereby members of our community- students, faculty, and staff meet to make determinations of fact. It is not a court proceeding. The goal is to find the truth through a fair, prompt, and effective process, respecting and preserving the rights of the accused student, the University community, the reporting party and any witnesses. (See Section 604.10)

What is the role of an advisor in the student discipline process? Who can serve as an advisor?

Advisors may provide assistance to the parties prior to and at a hearing, but advisors do not prepare the case for the students. Generally, advisors will not take a direct part in the hearing without the consent of the panel or hearing officer. With consent, advisors may, present the summarizing statement for the accused student at the close of the hearing. The panel or hearing officer may exclude an advisor from the hearing if the advisor fails to comply with the hearing procedures, becomes disruptive or impedes or interferes with the hearing process. (See Section 604.30)

Does the student have to prove he/she is responsible or not responsible for the allegations?

No. The University has the burden of proving that a violation occurred. If a formal hearing is held, the test is whether there is more evidence than not that the student committed the violation (preponderance of the evidence). If the evidence is evenly balanced, the burden is not met, and the decision is in favor of the accused student.

What is the “standard of proof” in the student conduct process?

Decisions with respect to student responsibility for alleged violations are made based on a preponderance of the evidence; that is, the hearing panel or Student Conduct Officer will determine what is “more likely than not” to have taken place.

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Meet our Staff

Director, Student Life and Conduct
Coordinator, Student Conduct
Coordinator, Fraternity and Sorority Life and Student Conduct
2016-2017 OSC Intern, Human Biology Major
2016-2017 OSC Intern, Mechanical Engineering Major