Welcome to the new AIRB training.

On behalf of UCSD and the Academic Integrity Office, thank you for your willingness to serve on the Academic Integrity Review Board (AIRB).  By agreeing to serve on the AIRB, you are participating in an important university service, one that is integral to maintaining the integrity of the academic enterprise at UCSD.  

In order to prepare you for your service, we require that you complete AIRB training, which consists of 3 components:

  1. complete online training (20 minutes)
  2. observe 1 Review (~ 90 minutes)
  3. attend a debrief meeting to go over the process, critical issues, and address questions.

You will be emailed about components #2 & #3. In the meantime, you can complete the online training which has 4 steps as outlined below. 

Step 1. Review Training Module #1

MATTERS OF POLICY: INTEGRITY OF SCHOLARSHIP FUNDAMENTALS

At the University of California, San Diego, the standards for the completion of academic work by students enrolled in official University undergraduate and graduate courses are stipulated in the Policy on Integrity of Scholarship (the “Policy”). The Policy falls under the jurisdiction of the Academic Senate, specifically the Educational Policies Committee (EPC), but its daily implementation is overseen by the Academic Integrity Office (AIO).

In a complex academic world in which the rules for academic conduct are often vague and implicit, the intent of the Policy is to help members of the community understand their responsibilities and the process for resolving disputes over rules and allegations of rule  violations.

The Policy covers the following topics:

1. Instructors’ Responsibilities

2. Students’ Responsibilities

3. How allegations of Policy violations are processed and by whom

4. How allegations of Policy violations can be resolved and decisions appealed

5. How upheld allegations are recorded in the students’ records

Briefly, the Policy states that:

1.Instructors are first responsible for explicating the standards for academic work in their class and the expectations for the completion of each academic assignment. Second, they are obligated to report Policy violations if they intend on academically sanctioning a student for academic misconduct.

2. Students are responsible for completing their work in compliance with the Instructor’s standards.

3. The Appropriate Administrative Authority (AAA) is responsible for meeting with the Involved Student(s) and facilitating a resolution of the allegation.

4. If the Involved Student does not accept responsibility for the Policy violation as alleged, the Academic Integrity Office is responsible for scheduling an Academic Integrity Review (Review) in front of the Academic Integrity Review Board (AIRB).

5. A Panel comprised of 3 faculty, 1 undergraduate student, and 1 graduate student from the AIRB is responsible for reviewing the allegation with the Instructor and Involved Student and making a determination of “responsible” or “not responsible” with respect to the Involved Student’s Policy violation.

6. If the Involved Student is held “responsible” by the Panel, the appropriate AAA assigns administrative sanctions and the student’s Instructor assigns an academic sanction.

As a member of the AIRB, you have accepted partial responsibility of enacting the Policy, upholding integrity in the process, and making fair and informed decisions in the matters of disputed Policy violation allegations. As such, you should become familiar with the Policy on Integrity of Scholarship.

If you're ready, please go on to Step 2!

Step 2. Take the AIRB Training Module #1 Quiz

Step 3: Review AIRB Training Module #2

MATTERS OF ETHICS: STUDENT RIGHTS AND AIRB RESPONSIBILITIES

As mandated by law and ethical principles, students have a fundamental right to “due process,” which includes the “right to receive notice” of impending disciplinary action and the “right to be heard” before disciplinary sanctions are imposed on them by the University.

 The “right to receive notice” is fulfilled by the Instructor reporting the allegation to the AI Office, the AI Office notifying the AAA, and the AAA sending a notification from the student. The Student has 12 business days to respond to the notice, at which time they can accept or deny responsibility for the Policy violation.

The “right to be heard” is nominally fulfilled by providing the Student the opportunity to meet with the AAA. In line with the majority of higher education institutions, UCSD takes this right one step further to allow the student the right to be heard in an Academic Integrity Review by an unbiased Panel of community members (you!).

The Review is a fundamental component of this right to due process, as it provides the student the forum to be heard by an unbiased, impartial panel of faculty and students, members of the University community who have a particular interest in ensuring integrity in academics as well as in the Policy and process itself.  These members are appointed to serve on the Academic Integrity Review Board (AIRB) by Academic Senate (faculty members), the Colleges (undergraduate student members), and the Graduate Student Division (graduate student members) because they are believed capable of fulfilling the duty of the AIRB.

The main duty of the AIRB is to decide whether a student's actions violated academic integrity standards. To do this, the AIRB uses a “preponderance of evidence” as the standard of proof; this means that a reasonable person, given the information available to her, would determine that it is “more likely than not” that the student's actions violated academic integrity standards.

In fulfilling this duty, members of the AIRB must ensure integrity in the system by upholding or exemplifying five fundamental values of academic integrity:

1. Fairness

  • AIRB members are expected to be unbiased and open-minded, this means that you should NOT enter the Review under the assumption that a student violated the Policy as alleged.
  • Faculty and students should NOT become members of AIRB if they are set to enact justice on “cheaters.”
  • Rather, they should seek to become members because they want to help ensure that there is a fair process and system for resolving disputed Policy violation allegations.

2. Responsibility

  • AIRB members must be willing and able to be assigned to sit on 3-4 Reviews per quarter.
  • AIRB members promise to show up for assigned Reviews and to show up on time and stay the entire time, barring any exceptional circumstances.

 3. Honesty

  • Panel members are expected to be honest in revealing any conflicts of interest.
    • This means that you will reveal any relationship that you have with the Instructor, Involved Student(s), or Relevant Parties to the Review. You may not have to recuse yourself, if you think that you can still render a fair decision, but your relationships should be transparent to all involved.
  • Panel members are expected to be honest in their assessment of the allegation.
    • This means that in the closed deliberations (when the Panel decides on a finding of “responsible” or “not responsible), you openly state your opinion/decision, even if you have to dissent from the majority.

4. Respect

  • AIRB members are expected to respect both the Instructor and the Involved Student(s) in the Review process. This means that:
    • Panel members will not engage in “multi-tasking” during the Review (e.g., grading papers, doing homework, using a computer, eating).
    • Panel members will engage in active listening and question-asking during the Review.
    • Panel members will not ask questions or make comments that disparage the Involved Student(s), Instructor, or Relevant Parties during the Review. Respectful Panel members will keep their feelings about the Policy violation or the situation in-check and in-private to enable those in the Review to focus on the facts, rather than the emotions, of the allegation.

5. Trust:

  • AIRB members are entrusted by the University, the Instructor, the Involved Student(s), and other Relevant Parties to uphold confidentiality, discretion, and decorum. Parties to the Review have the right to not be known to the University, and we do not publish or publically converse about the cases in ways that could identify the involved parties.
  • AIRB members are accountable for the documentation they receive during the Review and no AIRB member will take information (documentation, notes) away from the Review.

If you're ready, please go on to Step 4!

Step 4: Take the AIRB Training Module #2 Quiz

If you're ready, please complete the AIRB Training Module #2 Quiz.

Once  you've submitted the #2 Quiz, you've successfully completed the online training component!

What next?

You were contacted by the AI Office via email regarding the scheduling of training components #2 (Review Observation) and #3 (Debrief Meeting) as well as scheduling your service for the remainder of the quarter. If you haven't yet received that email, please send us a note.

If you haven't yet responded to the scheduling notification, please click on the link provided in the email.