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Consequences of Cheating

At UC San Diego, we prioritize transparency and fairness in our approach to academic integrity. Here, we openly share our Administrative Sanctioning Guidelines for sanctioning violations and what is typically assigned.

Violations of academic integrity will normally result in administrative and academic sanctions, and Academic Integrity (AI) Training.

Administrative Sanctions

AI Administrative Fee of $50

  • Posted to your student account. For billing due dates, please refer to the Billing Due Dates information provided by Student Financial Solutions (SFS).

Disciplinary Actions

  • Imposed based on accumulated points, according to Sanctioning Guidelines and professional judgment of Resolution AAA and/or Sanctioning Body
  • Possible actions include:
    • Warning
    • Probation
    • Deferred Quarter Suspension with Integrity Mentorship Program
    • Quarter Suspension
    • Year Suspension
    • Dismissal
  • You may also be assigned additional sanctions at the discretion of the Resolution Appropriate Administrative Authority (Resolution AAA) and/or Sanctioning Body.

AI Training

  • Completion of Universal Pre-Requisites.
  • Participation in at least one of the following:
    • AI Seminar
    • Collaborating with Integrity Workshop
    • Strategies & Tools to Prevent Plagiarism Workshop
    • Paraphrasing Effectively from Sources Workshop
    • Integrity Mentorship Program (only if assigned Deferred Suspension)

Visit our Academic Integrity Training page for detailed information.

Academic Sanctions

Instructors may impose academic sanctions for the course, ranging from a 0 on the assessment to an F in the class. The grade resulting from an academic integrity violation is calculated into your GPA, even if the course is retaken.

Costs of Cheating

Do They Outweigh the Benefits?

Absolutely! There are short and long-term consequences to cheating. Educate yourself and your peers about the importance of academic integrity. Always approach your academic work with integrity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more about the impact of an academic integrity violation on our FAQ page.