Academic Integrity Reviews
Academic Integrity Reviews are ONLY for those students who are contesting that their action(s) violated the Policy on Integrity of Scholarship. The AI Review Board (AIRB) does not consider intent (i.e., whether the student "meant" to violate the policy) or the character of the student (i.e., whether the student is a "good person"). The AIRB only considers the facts that suggest whether the student's action(s) did or did not violate the Policy on Integrity of Scholarship.
If the student believes that his/her action(s) did not violate the Policy, the steps are as follows:
At the meeting with the appropriate administrative authority, request a review. Once you are scheduled, the Academic Integrity Office will email you.
Ask the Academic Integrity (AI) Office for a copy of the documentation submitted by the professor to support his/her allegation. You can request that documentation by filling out this Request for AI Violation Documentation eform.
You will receive the documentation electronically (via your UCSD email account) within 2 business days of your request.
You should note that if you are alleged to have cheated with other students, your name will be released to those students and their names released to you. Having all of this information will allow you to better prepare for the Review.
Write your statement--your response to the allegation. Describe why you are contesting the allegation---tell “your side” of the story. This should not be something legal like an affidavit (i.e., do not waste your money on having a lawyer write or format this statement for you), but it should be clear, easy-to-read, and factual.
Things to remember while writing your statement:
- The statement should be focused and clear, and should communicate to the Academic Integrity Review Board (AIRB) the truth and facts as you know them.
- Stick to information that is relevant to the incident, rather than including your life story and past examples of your "character." Good people make bad decisions all the time, so your character is not in question. Rather, the question is whether you violated the Policy on Integrity of Scholarship.
- 7 hard copies of your statement and supporting documentation, as well as an electronic PDF copy, are due to the Academic Integrity Office within 10 business days after the AI Office receives your review request. The hard copies can be hand delivered or mailed. The electronic PDF copy must be emailed. If you cannot meet this deadline, extensions are granted upon your request. Email your request for an extension to email@example.com.
- Your documentation should be referred to in your statement as Exhibit 1, 2, 3, etc. and each copy of the document should be labelled as such.
For more detailed instructions on how to prepare your statement, read Statement Preparation.
- By the 5th business day before the scheduled review (you will be notified of the review date at least 10 business days in advance), the instructor's report and supporting documentation as submitted for the briefing packet, along with your statement and documentation, will be e-mailed to you. You MUST bring a hard copy of all of this information with you the day of the Review - a hard copy will NOT be provided to you.
- Review this information carefully because there may be new material you haven't previously seen.
- The AIRB will receive both yours and the instructor's information in a full, complete briefing packet about 1/2-hour before the scheduled start time of your review.
- Your AS Advocate will help you anticipate questions the review panel will ask. Be prepared to answer questions honestly and truthfully.
- Don't be adversarial, rude, confrontational, or insulting to the professor or the AIRB members. Such a stance is more likely to hurt than help you.
- Remember that the the review isn't a trial or a legal hearing but simply an opportunity for you to tell the truth and the facts as you know them, and then for the AIRB to determine, given the available information, if it is more likely than not that you violated the Policy on Integrity of Scholarship.
- The AIRB isn't bound by the same procedural and evidentiary rules as decision-makers in courts of law.
- NOTE: arguments of "intent" (i.e., "I didn't mean to") or ignorance (i.e., "I didn't know") are irrelevant
- Do not feel that you have to dress up. The members of the panel will be in their normal, everyday clothes, and they expect you to be in the same. Dressing up in a suit is unnecessary and will not change the outcome of the review.