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 (AAA), you can state that you would like to proceed to an Academic Integrity Review (Review). The AAA will send you an email indicating next steps, including meeting with a Peer Educator and submitting your request for the 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.

Prepare your Review materials

When you meet with the Peer Educator, they will go over everything you need to do to prepare for your Review.

However, briefly, you will need to prepare your "materials", which will include writing your statement and gathering any documentation that supports your statement. Don't worry - this is not a legal process so do not feel that you need to hire a lawyer to do this work for you. Your statement simply needs to:

  • be focused and clear, communicating 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.

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

If you need help writing your statement, contact AS Advocacy for assistance at (858) 534-5920 or asadvocacy@ucsd.edu

Submit your materials to the AIO

You must submit 7 hard copies of your statement and supporting documentation  to the Academic Integrity Office (AIO) within 10 business days of the date on your "Academic Integrity Review Request Received" email from the AIO. 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 aio@ucsd.edu

  • 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.

If you need help printing or scanning your materials, contact AS Advocacy for assistance at (858) 534-5920 or asadvocacy@ucsd.edu

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.

If you need help reviewing the instructor's statement/documentation or would like someone to attend the Review with you, contact AS Advocacy for assistance at (858) 534-5920 or asadvocacy@ucsd.edu.

Come to the review board well prepared.

  • If you have arranged for help from an AS Advocate, they 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.