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.

Reported Academic Misconduct and the Student’s Grade

Can a student who receives an “F” on a plagiarized paper and fails the class as a result re-take the class?

Yes, the student still has the opportunity to re-take the class. Students should refer to the Academic Advising website for further information. (http://studentsfirst.ucmerced.edu/advising)

Will the “F” appear on his/her transcript?

Yes, the “F” will appear on the student’s transcript.  Refer to the advising website (http://studentsfirst.ucmerced.edu/advising)

Will the "F" be included in the student's GPA?

Yes. Refer to the advising website (http://studentsfirst.ucmerced.edu/advising)

Can a student drop out of a class after being reported to the Office of Student Conduct?

Yes, but the case against the student will proceed and sanctions will still be assessed, if applicable, per procedures outlined in the Code Student Conduct. (See Section 603.50)


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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