Integrity Week 2015

Office of Student Conduct

Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities-Student Conduct

Office: Granite Pass 167

Phone: 209-228-4552 

Email: studentconduct@ucmerced.edu

In alignment with UC Merced guidance regarding precautions recommended to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSRR) staff will be working remotely until further notice.

During this period while our office is closed for walk-in service, the OSRR staff remains available for inquiries & consultation via email (studentconduct@ucmerced.edu, OSRR@ucmerced.edu) and will schedule required meetings using teleconferencing tools. If this is an urgent student conduct matter, please contact the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities at studentconduct@ucmerced.edu

To access UC Merced campus updates regarding COVID-19, please review the following link: https://emergency.ucmerced.edu/coronavirus




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The Office of Student Conduct has a new name.  We are now the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.









The Office of Student Rights and Responsibillities (OSRR)

At UC Merced, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSRR) 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 Rights and Responsibilities 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.


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. (http://learning.ucmerced.edu)

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.


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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