ACADEMIC INTEGRITY REVIEW BOARD (AIRB)

PRESIDING OFFICERS

According to Senate's academic integrity Policy & Processes, the Academic Integrity Review Board (AIRB) is an impartial body of faculty and students who decide contested allegations of academic integrity violations at either an AI Review I (informal hearing) or II (formal hearing). 

The AI Review II (AIR II) is a critical procedure within a fair process for resolving contested allegations of academic integrity violations when a student is facing suspension or dismissal from the University. 

AIR IIs are decided by a panel of faculty and student members chosen from our Academic Integrity Review Board (AIRB), however they are facilitated by a Presiding Officer. 

The AI Office is currently accepting applications for the Presiding Officer role!

Priority consideration given to applications received by September 30th, 2020. 

What is an AIR II Presiding Officer?

According to Senate Policy & Process, Presiding Officers:
  • facilitate AI Review IIs, UC San Diego's formal hearing for students who are contesting academic integrity violation allegations that may result in separation (suspensions or dismissals) from the University;
  • ensure that Policy and Procedures are followed during the AI Review IIs;
  • respond to Review rescheduling requests;
  • make decisions during the AI Review IIs in order to maintain fairness, order and decorum; facilitate the presentation of evidence; and, provide opportunities for questions to be asked by all parties;
  • work with the AI Office to solve problems and issues that arise during the course of the AI Review II; and,
  • accurately record the AI Review Board's decision. 

 


 

Who Can Serve as Presiding Officer?

Historically, the role of the Presiding Officer was held by the College Deans of Student Affairs and the Assistant Dean of Graduate Division.

 

However, academic integrity procedures were recently updated to expand the number of people who can serve in this role to enable us to hold more Reviews each quarter than traditionally possible.

 

Now, any UCSD community members selected and trained by the AIO can serve as a Presiding Officer for AI Review IIs.

 

UCSD community members chosen to serve in this capacity will become part of a select group of people dedicated to ensuring excellence with integrity at UC San Diego. 

 

For 2020-2021, we are asking for applications from UC San Diego faculty or staff who can commit to 9-12 hours/quarter (including training). 

 

NOTE: any Senate faculty members selected as Presiding Officers will be appointed to the AI Review Board so serving as Presiding Officer will count as Senate Service.

What skills or experience should someone have to become a Presiding Officer?

 Successful Presiding Officeers have all of the following (either before or after training):
  • experience with running hearings or facilitating meetings that might feel adversarial or contentious;
  • skills at managing difficult conversations while keeping the conversation productive and conciliatory;
  • experienced with analyzing or handling confidential and evidentiary documentation, including making decisions about appropriateness for inclusion or not;
  • knowledge of the University's Policy on Integrity of Scholarship and its procedures; 
  • comfort with being a meeting facilitator and policy expert, but without ability to influence the decision;
  • experienced at facilitating consensus-building conversations involving people at different levels (e.g., faculty & students); and, 
  • willing to be trained before serving and engaging in quarterly training on an ongoing basis.

Application & Selection Process

UC San Diego community members who meet the above requirements, and have the support of their Supervisor or Department Chair, are encouraged to apply by September 30th below.

 

Review of applications will begin on October 1st, 2020. Presiding Officers will be selected to be trained by the Academic Integrity Office (AIO), with help from a Committee that will preferably include an experienced Presiding Officer, an AIRB student member, and an AIRB faculty member.

 

Any questions should be directed to aio@ucsd.edu

Interested? Submit your Application by September 30th!