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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.

Sanctions for Disciplinary Violations

What disciplinary sanctions go on my Academic Transcript?

Potential sanctions that go on a student’s transcript are dismissal and suspension. The notification remains on the Student's transcript for the duration of the sanction.

What kinds of sanctions are imposed on a first-time violation?

Potential sanctions that are imposed on a first-time violation vary depending on which conduct codes were violated. For the most part, our students are required to attend a Decision Making Workshop along with any other sanctions deemed appropriate by the Conduct/ Hearing Officer. The sanctions can range from Warning to Dismissal.

Are different standards and sanctions applied for social misconduct vs. academic misconduct?

No there is no difference.

What is the difference between Academic and Disciplinary Probation?

Academic probation is when a student has a cumulative GPA lower than a 2.0, the student is given the opportunity in the upcoming semester to raise their GPA whereas disciplinary probation is a status imposed through the Student Conduct Process for a specific period of time during which a student must demonstrate conduct that conforms to University standards. (May include restrictions on privileges or eligibility for activities).

What is a Name on File?

Name on File is defined as a written record of a student violation reported to the Office of Student Conduct by other campus officials (e.g., Faculty, Resident Advisor, or Bookstore staff) who have met with the student regarding the misconduct. A “Name on File” is equivalent to a written Warning or Censure. The student is notified of the report and given an opportunity to respond. If the student does not respond, or if, after a response, OSC determines the report is supported by the evidence, the violation may be considered in assessing a sanction for any future similar offenses.

What’s the difference between Suspension and Dismissal?

A suspension is the termination of student status for a specified term or terms. This sanction will be noted on the student’s academic transcript during the term(s) of suspension.  Whereas Dismissal is termination of a student’s status from the University for an indefinite period. Students who are dismissed may not return to UC Merced without the express permission of the chancellor. This sanction will be noted on the student’s academic transcript indefinitely.

How does a disciplinary record affect a student’s future education and career?  

In most cases, a single violation will not ruin one's life. Because UC Merced is an educational institution, one of the primary goals of our campus disciplinary process is to help students learn from their mistakes. In most cases, no permanent records are retained, and nothing goes on a student's transcripts regarding the disciplinary action. Students should be aware, however, that American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) now requires that applicants report student disciplinary matters, and many law schools and Bar Associations require that students authorize OSC to report whether the student has a disciplinary record. In addition, Education Abroad and Summer Abroad programs also require OSC to verify a student's disciplinary record. Similarly, OSC verification is often mandated by law enforcement jobs or positions requiring a security clearance. A student discipline record is not an automatic bar to being admitted to medical, law, dental, or other professional or graduate schools, especially if the student admits the violation and it is a one-time error resulting in Probation or a lesser sanction. Many professional schools do consider the totality of the circumstances, and will admit academically qualified students who have clearly learned from their experience. Education Abroad and Summer Abroad programs may deny the applications of students who have a record of alcohol or drug policy violations, or those who have been disruptive or uncooperative, because of concerns for safety and security in foreign countries. Finally, lying about a violation will only result in a more severe sanction, quite likely Suspension or Dismissal - and failing to disclose a disciplinary record would almost certainly result in rejection of the student's application.

 

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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