Guidelines for faculty and instructional assistants when academic misconduct incidents arise 

If a student is suspected of cheating during an examination, do not stop the student from completing the exam.

Discreetly interrupt the misconduct and identify those possibly involved by recording their names; include the names of students sitting near the suspected student.

  • You can move the suspected student to a different location, but the student should be allowed to complete the examination.
  • If proctors or teaching assistants observe the cheating, they should notify the instructor of record immediately.
  • Those who observed the possible misconduct should write out their statements while the memory is fresh.
  • Any unauthorized aids used by the student (e.g., cell phone, "cheat sheet") should be immediately confiscated and kept by the instructor for submitting with the violation report.

Gather as much information as possible relating to the incident.

If cheating occurs during an examination, keep the suspected student's exam as well as the examinations of any students sitting near the student. Save the student's original papers, assignments, or other work when plagiarism or dishonesty is suspected. You may return copies of the exams, papers, or assignments to the students.

  • If you have questions about appropriate documentation, contact Dr. Tricia Bertram Gallant, Director, Academic Integrity Office.

Decide whether you'll meet with the student (or students) before submitting your report.

According to UCSD Policy, the instructor of record can either meet with the student and then submit a report to the Academic Integrity Office or submit a report directly to the Academic Integrity Office. You do NOT have to meet with a student before reporting him/her to the Academic Integrity Office.

  • If you choose to meet with the student first, review our tips on how to talk to a student suspected of cheating.
  • If you choose NOT to meet with the student, you can simply submit the allegation and documentation to the AI Office.
  • If you are unsure who to report (when there are multiple students suspected), report all of the students in order to allow the process to unfold fairly. Allegations made against students who turn out not to have been involved can be withdrawn.

Submit separate allegation reports for each suspected student, unless the suspicion is that the students colluded in the incident.

NOTE: In a collusion/ collaborative case, one report can be submitted including the information for all of the involved students.

  • Instructors can use the Instructor Report Form to report the suspected violation. All supporting documentation can be attached to that form
  • Instructional Assistants (i.e., Readers, Tutors, Teaching Assistants) should report the suspected violation to the instructor of record for the course

Allow students suspected of academic misconduct to continue in the course.

It's against Policy for students to withdraw. If students withdraw from a class after an academic integrity violation has been reported to the AI Office, they will be administratively re-enrolled by Academic Records.