Frequently Asked Questions
Does...count as cheating?
UCSD instructors won't verbalize every unauthorized behavior. As a Triton, you're expected to know some of the basics of excelling with integrity. For example:
- Cite your sources.
- Complete in-class tests and take-home tests independently.
- Complete your own homework assignments.
What if I...? What are the consequences?
Your life is not over. We understand that you may not have previously experienced "failure" but great things can come from such experiences. And, we know that students with integrity violations go on to graduate and professional schools, as well as employment. We'll help you leverage this experience as a catalyst for growing as an ethical professional and citizen.
Intent doesn't matter; what matters are your actions. If your actions violated academic integrity standards, then you are responsible whether you "meant to" or not or whether you are "a good person" or not. In fact, we assume 95% of the students reported for cheating are good people who have made a bad decision under stress, pressure or while tired.
If your actions violated academic integrity standards, then accept responsibility and prepare to learn and grow from the experience. Denying your responsibility and fighting the allegation (i.e., by going to the AI Review Board) just because you're scared can only make things worse.
However, if your actions did NOT violate academic integrity standards, then of course you should exercise your right to contest the allegation.
Ignorance is no excuse for integrity violations. When you came to UCSD, you received quite a bit of education on academic integrity including at orientation and through at least one online tutorial. Even without these educational opportunities extended to you, you are expected to understand the standards and expectations of you as a UCSD student. In other words, it is your responsibility to discover these norms and rules and then follow them.
What happens to my GPA if I choose to retake a class that I’ve gotten a lowered grade as a sanction for academic misconduct?
The standard sanction for altering a graded examination and submitting it for a regrade is a 1-year suspension.
If you are suspended, you are suspended only from the San Diego campus. So, this means that while you are suspended, you could take courses at another UC, another university, or from a community college. If you decide to enroll somewhere else while suspended from UCSD, DO check with your academic advisors beforehand to ensure that you take the appropriate courses for your major or degree.
If you are dismissed, you are dismissed from the University of California system.
What happens if I’ve been disciplined for academic misconduct, and I want to apply for graduate, law, or medical school?
This depends on the school and their application. Many professional and graduate students ask for your "disciplinary history". If they ask, obviously we recommend that you be truthful. You can use the opportunity to explain how you have learned and grown as a result of the integrity violation.
Generally, no one outside of the University will find out. BUT, here are some important things for you to understand:
- You’ll have a disciplinary record with your college (if you’re an undergraduate) or with the Graduate Division (if you’re a graduate student) for 7 years from the quarter of the incident. This record is internal, but it can still be checked by any law schools, medical schools, some federal government employers if you apply for admission or employment.
- There will be a mark on your academic record that you can see online (i.e., an A1, A2, A3, or A4 next to the grade received in the class). However, this record is known as your "unofficial academic record" and will not be seen by external parties unless you print it out and give it to them. So, don't do that! If you have to submit your academic record or transcript to another party, order an "official transcript" which will not show these markings.
- There will be a mark on your official transcript if you are suspended or dismissed from UCSD for an academic integrity violation. It will say something like "suspended (or dismissed) for academic dishonesty." The notation will be there forever if you are dismissed, but only for the duration of the suspension if you are suspended.