Integrity Awards

Integrity is a core principle of UC San Diego – without it, there can be no excellence. Each year, on the third Wednesday of the Spring quarter, UC San Diego recognizes campus community members who have made substantial contributions to academic, research or professional integrity over the preceding calendar year. 

We use the International Center for Academic Integrity’s definition of integrity - the courage to uphold honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility, even when it is difficult to do so.

Who is eligible to be nominated?

Any member of the UCSD community (student, employee, academic, retiree, volunteer, visiting graduate or scholar), or department/unit, who has demonstrated exemplary support for academic, research or professional integrity during the preceding calendar year is eligible to be nominated for an Integrity Award. 

What are the criteria for nomination?

This reward is intended to recognize actions or activities that are above and beyond those normally expected based on the individual's role within the University. Significant contributions might be on campus or in the larger city, state, national or international arena. Examples of relevant contributions include:

  • Conducting research to inform practice on matters of integrity (e.g., academic integrity, professional ethics, business ethics, engineering ethics, character education, research ethics, or responsible conduct of research) when that research is not an expected responsibility within the individual’s role. 
  • Promoting integrity and ethics in the classroom, department, or research-group in unique or extensive ways that go beyond what is normally expected of the person’s role.
  • Mentoring  and/or role modeling  academic, research or professional integrity that is noticeable and impactful on others.
  • Volunteering in an exemplary or unexpected manner in service to integrity. The service could be on an official University committee, a governing board, or to run events or programs.
  • Institutionalizing integrity by implementing infrastructures or procedures to support integrity or addressing systemic factors that lead to academic, research or professional integrity violations.
  • Exhibiting courage in defending integrity by, for example, speaking up against academic, research or professional misconduct or stopping peers, colleagues or superiors from engaging in integrity violations

The 11th Annual Integrity Awards Nomination period is closed. 



Quickly moving to Remote Instruction at the end of WI20 caused many integrity challenges for the entire community. For the 11th Annual Integrity Awards Nomination process, we invite nominations that take into account the challenging environment and how community members rose to those challenges. For example, nominating students who worked to ensure integrity in their remote study groups (exhibiting courage) or faculty who redesigned their course(s) to make cheating the exception and integrity the norm (promoting integrity). 

Click here for information about past award recipients.