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:

Make the Review Request

At the meeting with the appropriate administrative authority, request a review. 

Once you submit the Review Request, the AIO will email you (normally within 2 business days) confirmation of receipt and further instructions for preparing for the Review. Attached to the email will be electronic copies of the documentation (so no need to make a separate request for the documentation). 

NOTE: if your case involves 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.

If needed, request assistance.

Determine if you need help preparing for your review, printing or scanning your materials, or writing your statement. If you do, contact AS Advocacy for assistance at (858) 534-5920 or Associated Students appoint undergraduates to help you. An AS Advocate is the only person who can come into the Review with you as assistance.

Prepare your statement.

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 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. If you cannot meet this deadline, extensions may be granted upon your request. Email your request for an extension to
  • 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.
  • NOTE: do NOT put your statement/documentation in envelopes or folders. Simply staple the individual pieces (i.e., staple your statement if multiple pages; staple individual exhibits if multiple pages) and clip the individual pieces together with a paperclip.

For more detailed instructions on how to prepare your statement, read Statement Preparation

Receive and review the instructor's submitted information for the briefing packet.

  • 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.

Come to the review board well prepared.

  • 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.